Donna Ferriero, MD

Pediatric neurologist

Dr. Donna M. Ferriero, a pediatric neurologist, is chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She is the former chief of Pediatric Neurology and an expert in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, developmental disabilities and cancer as well as the care of newborns and children with neurological disabilities. She also is the director of the Neonatal Brain Disorders Center at UCSF, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

Ferriero is a professor of neurology and pediatrics and a member of the graduate program in biomedical sciences. She earned a medical degree at UCSF and completed child neurology training and a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSF before joining the UCSF faculty in 1987. She has been honored at UCSF with the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate, Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women and Sidney Carter Award from the American Academy of Neurology for excellence in child neurology. In 2010, Ferriero was appointed to the National Neurological Disorders and Stroke Advisory Council.


Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery
1975 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1565
Fax: (415) 353-1202

Conditions & Treatments

  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Neonatal Seizures
  • Neonatal Stroke

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UCSF School of Medicine 1979


Mass General, Pediatrics 1982


UCSF Medical Center, Child Neurology 1985

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kamino D, Studholme C, Liu M, Chau V, Miller SP, Synnes A, Rogers EE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Brant R, Tam EWY. Postnatal polyunsaturated fatty acids associated with larger preterm brain tissue volumes and better outcomes. Pediatr Res. 2017 Sep 15.
  2. Novak I, Morgan C, Adde L, Blackman J, Boyd RN, Brunstrom-Hernandez J, Cioni G, Damiano D, Darrah J, Eliasson AC, de Vries LS, Einspieler C, Fahey M, Fehlings D, Ferriero DM, Fetters L, Fiori S, Forssberg H, Gordon AM, Greaves S, Guzzetta A, Hadders-Algra M, Harbourne R, Kakooza-Mwesige A, Karlsson P, Krumlinde-Sundholm L, Latal B, Loughran-Fowlds A, Maitre N, McIntyre S, Noritz G, Pennington L, Romeo DM, Shepherd R, Spittle AJ, Thornton M, Valentine J, Walker K, White R, Badawi N. Early, Accurate Diagnosis and Early Intervention in Cerebral Palsy: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Sep 01; 171(9):897-907.
  3. Shapiro KA, Kim H, Mandelli ML, Rogers EE, Gano D, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Gorno-Tempini ML, Glass HC, Xu D. Early changes in brain structure correlate with language outcomes in children with neonatal encephalopathy. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 15:572-580.
  4. Koo E, Sheldon RA, Lee BS, Vexler ZS, Ferriero DM. Effects of therapeutic hypothermia on white matter injury from murine neonatal hypoxia-ischemia. Pediatr Res. 2017 Sep; 82(3):518-526.
  5. Ferriero D. Obituary: Bruce O. Berg, MD, January 2, 1931-October 5, 2016. Ann Neurol. 2017 Mar; 81(3):354.
  6. Gano D, Ferriero DM. Altered Cerebellar Development in Preterm Newborns: Chicken or Egg? J Pediatr. 2017 Mar; 182:11-13.
  7. Ferriero DM, Pomeroy SL. The Evolution of Child Neurology Training. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 01; 66:3-4.
  8. Cui J, Tymofiyeva O, Desikan R, Flynn T, Kim H, Gano D, Hess CP, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Microstructure of the Default Mode Network in Preterm Infants. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Feb; 38(2):343-348.
  9. van Velthoven CT, Dzietko M, Wendland MF, Derugin N, Faustino J, Heijnen CJ, Ferriero DM, Vexler ZS. Mesenchymal stem cells attenuate MRI-identifiable injury, protect white matter, and improve long-term functional outcomes after neonatal focal stroke in rats. J Neurosci Res. 2017 May; 95(5):1225-1236.
  10. Semple BD, Sadjadi R, Carlson J, Chen Y, Xu D, Ferriero DM, Noble-Haeusslein LJ. Long-Term Anesthetic-Dependent Hypoactivity after Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in Adolescent Mice. Dev Neurosci. 2016; 38(3):220-238.
  11. Gressens P, Ferriero DM. 21(st) Century Research in Child Neurology. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 08; 92(Pt A):1-2.
  12. Gano D, Ho ML, Partridge JC, Glass HC, Xu D, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Antenatal Exposure to Magnesium Sulfate Is Associated with Reduced Cerebellar Hemorrhage in Preterm Newborns. J Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 178:68-74.
  13. Ferriero DM. The Vulnerable Newborn Brain: Imaging Patterns of Acquired Perinatal Injury. Neonatology. 2016; 109(4):345-51.
  14. Kansagra AP, Mabray MC, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D, Hess CP. Microstructural maturation of white matter tracts in encephalopathic neonates. Clin Imaging. 2016 Sep-Oct; 40(5):1009-13.
  15. Larpthaveesarp A, Georgevits M, Ferriero DM, Gonzalez FF. Delayed erythropoietin therapy improves histological and behavioral outcomes after transient neonatal stroke. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 Sep; 93:57-63.
  16. Tam EW, Chau V, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Miller SP, Rogers EE, Grunau RE, Synnes AR, Xu D, Foong J, Brant R, Innis SM. Early postnatal docosahexaenoic acid levels and improved preterm brain development. Pediatr Res. 2016 May; 79(5):723-30.
  17. Kim H, Gano D, Ho ML, Guo XM, Unzueta A, Hess C, Ferriero DM, Xu D, Barkovich AJ. Hindbrain regional growth in preterm newborns and its impairment in relation to brain injury. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Feb; 37(2):678-88.
  18. Chen Y, Kim H, Bok R, Sukumar S, Mu X, Sheldon RA, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Xu D. Pyruvate to Lactate Metabolic Changes during Neurodevelopment Measured Dynamically Using Hyperpolarized 13C Imaging in Juvenile Murine Brain. Dev Neurosci. 2016; 38(1):34-40.
  19. Baron R, Ferriero DM, Frisoni GB, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL, Kessler JA, Vezzani A, Waxman SG, Jarius S, Wildemann B, Weller M. Neurology--the next 10 years. Nat Rev Neurol. 2015 11; 11(11):658-64.
  20. Ferriero DM. American Pediatric Society 2015 Presidential Address: leaky pipes, glass ceilings, and changing landscapes-time to renovate the pediatric house. Pediatr Res. 2015 Nov; 78(5):589-93.

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