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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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Roberta Ballard, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Adjunct Scientist, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Contact Info

University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Ave, UC Hall U503
University of California, San Francisco, Box 0734
San Francisco, CA. 94143–0734


  • 1957-1961, Earlham college, Richmond, IN, AB 
  • 1961-1965, University of Chicago , School of Medicine, Chicago, IL  MD
  • 1965-1967, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL, Pediatrics Internship
  • 1966-1967, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL, Pediatrics Residency
  • 1967-1968, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA,  Pediatrics Residency
  • 1968-1969, George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC, Neonatology Fellowship
  • 1970-1972, Cardiovascular Research Institute, San Francisco, CA,  Neonatology Fellowship

Board Certification

  • 1972, American Board of  Pediatrics,
  • 1975, 1992, Sub-Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,

Clinical Expertise

  • Neonatology

Research Interests

  • Prevention and Treatment for Chronic Lung Disease (Bronchopulmonary dysplasia) in preterm Newborn


Dr. Roberta Ballard,  Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF School of  Medicine has had a long career in research, teaching and administration in field Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

After completing postgraduate training and fellowships in Neonatology at the University of Chicago, Stanford, George Washington University, and the Cardiovascular  Research Institute(UCSF), Dr. Ballard was appointed as the Director of Newborn Services at {then} Mt Zion Medical Center(now Mt Zion Medical Center of UCSF) from 1972 to 1991.In 1992, she was appointed Chief of the Division of Neonatology andNewborn Services at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania(CHOP), and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was Attending Neonatologist in the Infant Intensive Care Unit and the Newborn /Infant Center. She is currently Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Ballard has devoted her career to research in the diseases of the newborn, most specifically in the treatment and prevention of chronic lung diseases(CLD)in premature infants.  She is currently Principle Investigator in a multi-center trial pioneering treatment for BPD(bronchopulmonary dysplasia) for extremely low birth weight infants.

Dr. Ballard has published articles in the NEJM, Pediatrics, Journal of Perinatology and other medical and scientific publications.She is a sought after as a visiting professor and as a speaker for national and international conferences and has served on numerous scientific and medical boards.

Current Research

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Last updated 08-23-2012