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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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Christine Fox, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Contact Info

Box 0663

675 Nelson Rising Lane, Rm. 402B

San Francisco, CA 94143

Phone:  (415) 502-7303

Fax: (415) 476-2500



  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA, BS, biological sciences,1992-96
  • University of California, San Francisco, MD,1998-2004           
  • Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA, residency, pediatrics, 2004-06           
  • University of California, San Francisco, residency, neurology, 2006-08
  • University of California, San Francisco, chief resident, child neurology, 2008-09
  • University of California, San Francisco, fellowship, vascular neurology, 2009-11
  • University of California, San Francisco, masters degree, ATCR, 2009-12

Board Certification

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology

Clinical Expertise

  • Pediatric neurology
  • Pediatric stroke

Research Interests

  • Pediatric stroke outcomes
  • Epilepsy after pediatric stroke
  • Neurovascular complications of sickle cell disease

UCSF Program Affiliations



Dr. Christine Fox is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in childhood stroke and has a clinical interest in pediatric neurocritical care. She earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and her medical degree at the UCSF School of Medicine. Subsequently, she completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, her training in child neurology at UCSF, and a fellowship in vascular neurology at UCSF. She is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology and is also board certified in Vascular Neurology.  Dr. Fox is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the NIH-NINDS Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society and American Heart Association.


Current Research

Dr. Fox’s research focuses on childhood stroke risk factors and outcomes. Her recent publications include an analysis of critical care utilization due to pediatric stroke.  Dr. Fox is the principal investigator (PI) of an NIH-funded, retrospective, population-based study to determine the annual incidence and predictors of post-stroke epilepsy in children.  She is also the Co-PI of a multicenter international study, funded through the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation, which aims to identify risk factors for epilepsy after pediatric stroke and how acute and delayed seizures modify pediatric stroke outcomes.  Dr. Fox also has a special interest in the neurovascular complications of sickle cell disease, with the goal of better characterizing stroke risk and potentially modifiable risk factors in children with sickle cell anemia and persistent cerebral arteriopathies.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 02-19-2015