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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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Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Director of Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics

Contact Info

Phone: (415) 476-6106



  • Hobart College, Geneva, NY, BS, biology/chemistry, 1963-67
  • Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, BMS, medicine, 1967-69
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, MD, 1969-71
  • University of California, San  Francisco, internship, pediatrics, 1971-72
  • University of California, San Francisco, residency, pediatrics, 1972-73
  • University of California, San Francisco, fellowship, ambulatory pediatrics, 1973-74
  • University of California, San Francisco/Stanford University, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, adolescent medicine/behavioral sciences, 1974-77
  • Board certification, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine


Clinical Expertise

  • Primary care for adolescents and young adults
  • Eating disorders
  • Reproductive health problems of adolescent and young adult females
  • Chronic conditions of adolescence and young adulthood
  • Male health problems of adolescents and young adults
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Behavioral disorders of adolescents and young adults

Research Interests

  • Health services and health policies affecting adolescents/young adults
  • Clinical preventive services interventions for adolescents/young adults
  • Eating disorders
  • Medical adherence
  • Risk-taking behaviors

UCSF Program Affiliations

  • UCSF Center for Health and the Community
  • Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies


Charles E. Irwin, Jr., M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, and Director of Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF.  He leads two National Centers: the Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center and the Adolescent & Young Adult Heath Research Network. He also has led the longest continuously interdisciplinary training program in Adolescent Health in the U.S. His current health services research program focuses on improving preventive screening practices in clinical settings and the financial and structural issues altering adolescents and young adults ability to access health care in the United States.  He has received numerous awards including the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award; the American Academy of Pediatrics Adele D. Hofmann Award in Adolescent Medicine; the Swedish Medical Society’s Lectureship Award; the National Center for Youth Law’s Annual Award for Improving the Lives of At Risk Youth; the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary E.C. Millar Award for innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care and most recently he received the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Iris Litt Research Professorship Award.  He served as the first Chairman of the Subspecialty Board in Adolescent Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics; Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality Subcommittee on Quality Measures for Children’s Healthcare (SNAC); President of The Society for Adolescent Medicine and a member of the Executive Council of the Section of Adolescent Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He has served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) / National Academies (NAS) Committee on the Health, Well-Being and Safety of Young Adults; the Committee on Improving the Health Care Services for Adolescents and the Committee that wrote Loosing Generations: Adolescents in High Risk Settings. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in medical textbooks focusing on adolescents and young adults. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Current Research

Dr. Irwin’s current research (since 1993) focuses on the health care delivery systems. This work emphasizes health policy analyses and health services research.  In the area of health policy analyses, Dr. Irwin has conducted meta-analyses of federal funding for improving adolescent health through changes in public policy and research and most recently an evaluation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In the area of health services research, he has led a major effort to improve the delivery of clinical preventive services in managed care settings, analyses of extant data to determine delivery patterns of clinical services and social disparities regarding access to care. His 20-year focus on improving health care delivery systems for adolescents/ young adults enables his group to continue to play an active role in evaluating the impact of state and federal policy changes directed at improving access and quality of care for adolescents/young adults.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 09-28-2016