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Donna Ferriero, MD, MS

Donna Ferriero, MD, MS

For more than 100 years, our department has distinguished itself in educating the next generation of physicians, delivering excellent clinical care to young patients, and constantly improving treatment options through biomedical research.

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Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH, MSHS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Info

Box 0503

3333 California Street, Suite 245

San Francisco, California  94143

Phone: (415) 476-9189

Fax: (415) 476-6106




  • University of North Carolina, BA, summa cum laude, chemistry, anthropology, 1993-97
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 1997-2002
  • University of North Carolina School of Public Health, MSPH, 2000-01  
  • Stanford University Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, resident, pediatrics, 2002-05,
  • Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, chief resident, pediatrics, 2005-06,  
  • University of California at Los Angeles, fellowship,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, 2006-09 
  • University of California at San Francisco, fellowship, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, 2009-10


Board Certification


  • Pediatrics (2005)


Clinical Expertise


  • General pediatrics


Research Interests

  • Drinking water access in school and child care settings
  • Childhood obesity prevention 

UCSF Program Affiliations

  • Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies 


Dr. Anisha I. Patel is an assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at UCSF. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her medical and public health degrees from the same institution. Dr. Patel completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in 2006. She also completed additional training as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA and as a post-doctoral fellow in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Academic Pediatric Association and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She provides primary and acute care to pediatric patients at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  

Current Research

Dr. Patel’s research interests include developing and evaluating interventions and policies to prevent childhood obesity.  She is the recipient of a mentored patient-oriented career development award (K23) from NICHD to develop a multi-faceted intervention to encourage 2-5 year-old children to drink beverages consistent with pediatric recommendations. Dr. Patel is widely recognized for her research examining drinking water access in schools settings; she has published widely on this topic and has funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine drinking water access in a representative sample of California public schools. In part, due to the research of Dr. Patel and her colleagues, both state and federal legislation now require schools to offer free drinking water to students in places where meals are served and/or eaten.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 04-02-2015