April 19, 2011
I am delighted to announce that Donna M. Ferriero, MD, has accepted the position of chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, effective May 1, 2011. Dr. Ferriero has served as interim chair of Pediatrics since July 1 of 2010.
Dr. Ferriero, a professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, is an outstanding physician and researcher and a visionary leader. She served as chief of Child Neurology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for 13 years, where she directed a team of doctors with expertise in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, developmental disabilities and cancer. She co-directs the UCSF Newborn Brain Research Institute with David Rowitch, where she studies the mechanisms of ischemic injury in the neonatal brain. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the care of newborns and children with neurological disabilities.
Having earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Rutgers University, she received her medical degree at UCSF, along with the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award. She completed child neurology training and a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSF before joining the UCSF faculty in 1987. She has served as vice dean for academic affairs since 2005 and will be relinquishing that post effective May 1.
Dr. Ferriero has received numerous honors at UCSF, including the Holly Smith Award, the Royer Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate, and the Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.
Nationally, she is the recipient of the 2000 Sydney Carter Award in Child Neurology, the Weinstein-Goldenson Award for Medical Research from the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Maureen Andrews Award for mentoring pediatricians, and the Thomas Willis Award for excellence in stroke research. She was the Bernard Sachs Lecturer for 2006 for the Child Neurology Annual Meeting.
Dr. Ferriero is president-elect of the American University Professors of Neurology and president of the Child Neurology Society. She is a member of the Council for NINDS, and she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005, and to the Association of American Physicians in 2011.
I know that Dr. Ferriero's experience and vision will ably guide the department towards its exciting future home in the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay, scheduled to be completed in 2014. The new hospital will allow her and her colleagues to capitalize on the existing excellence of the department and promote innovative programs of care, research and education.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ferriero on her new position.