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Donna M Ferriero, MD, MS
Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco.

She is also a member of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Dr. Ferriero is Director of the Neonatal Brain Disorder Laboratories and former co-director of the Newborn Brain Research Institute at UCSF. Throughout Dr Ferriero’s career she has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications. Her laboratory has been critical in defining the relationship of selectively vulnerable populations of neural cells during maturation-dependent injury. She has been continuously funded by the US National Institutes of Health. She received the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women and the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research. She is Past-President of the Child Neurology Society and the American Pediatric Society. She is the recipient of the 2000 Sydney Carter Award for excellence and leadership in Child Neurology and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2005. She received the Royer Award for Excellence in Academic Neurology in 2007 and the Willis Lecture for outstanding contributions to stroke research in 2010. She was elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2011 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Dr. Ferriero received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. There she served as division chief of Child Neurology, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine, and then Wattis Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ferriero’s leadership philosophy centers around the concept that one must be a good listener and mentor to grow an enterprise. The challenges for upcoming leaders lies in the ability to balance the clinical demands of academic life with the need to promote and support outstanding research. The challenges brought about by COVID-19 add an additional level of difficulty. She is passionate about recommending mentoring as the highest level of giving and accomplishment for a new leader.




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