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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., MD, is a distinguished professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at the University of California (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF. He heads two national policy centers focusing on adolescents and young adults: The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIC) and the Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health.  Irwin has led the federally funded Leadership Training Program in Adolescent Health since 1977.  Over 150 health professional graduate students and fellows have been trained in this program at UCSF since its inception.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 published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters and reports on adolescent health.  Irwin is the recipient of the Adele Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the Swedish Medical Society’s International Lectureship Award, the National Center for Youth Law’s Award for Research in High Risk Youth and the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary Millar Award for his leadership of the National Adolescent Health Information Center.  Irwin has served on several national and international initiatives on Adolescent Health including the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development and the Office of Technology Assessments’ landmark report on Adolescent Health.  He currently is the Co-Chair of the AHRQ/CMS Expert Panel on Assessing Healthcare Quality Measures for CHIPRA.    He served as president of The Society for Adolescent Medicine in 2004 and currently 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 system and how his early work on studying the processes of risk-taking during adolescence can improve the clinical delivery system for adolescents.  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, research and most recently an evaluation of the Healthy People 2010 Objectives for adolescents/young adults.  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 18-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 02-23-2015