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Linda D. Ferrell, MD

Emeritus Professor
Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 


Contact Information

Phone:415-353-1633/353-1090
Fax: 415-353-1200
Department of Pathology
505 Parnassus Ave., Rm. M590, Box 0102
San Francisco, CA 94143
linda.ferrell@ucsf.edu
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  • 1970-74 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS B.A. Summa cum laude, Microbiology
  • 1974-77 University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS M.D.
  • 1977-79 University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS Resident Pathology
  • 1980-81 University of California, San Francisco Chief Resident/Surgical Pathology Fellow, Pathology
  • American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology
  • Member, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Medical Center Organ Transplant Program
  • Fatty liver
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Liver pathology, emphasizing liver transplantation
  • Liver tumors
  • Well-differentiated hepatocellular tumors & vascular lesions

Linda Ferrell, M.D. is a liver pathologist, Professor of Pathology, Vice Chair of Clinical Services, and Director of Surgical Pathology at UCSF. She specializes in the diagnosis of liver disorders such as: benign liver tumors, cirrhosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma, vascular lesions, metastastic cancer to the liver, liver transplantation, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas, where she also attended medical school and completed her residency. Dr. Ferrell went on to complete her surgical pathology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, while concurrently serving as Chief Resident. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, published a large number of articles and book chapters and currently serves as a co-editor on two medical textbooks in her field of expertise. In early 2010 she was elected Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). Information pertaining to her awards and published materials can be found on her Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. Ferrell's research interests are primarily liver pathology, with emphasis on liver transplantation, fatty liver, hepatitis B and C and liver tumors, particularly well-differentiated hepatocellular tumors and vascular lesions. She actively participated in the World Congress' Consensus Groups for the nomenclature of nodules in the liver and recommendations for terminology for hepatic allograft rejection. Dr. Ferrell's studies on liver pathology in recurrent hepatitis C after transplantation and on the diagnosis of dysplastic nodules have been recognized internationally as leading papers ion these topics. She was also involved in a recent evaluation and review of benign liver tumors in coordination with the International Liver Pathology Study Group and the Laennec Society. Her current ongoing studies involve unusual variants of tumors (HCC, vascular, others), vascular malformations in the liver and other markers in well-differentiated hepatocellular tumors.

Most recent publications from a total of 217
  1. Tsai JH, Ferrell LD, Tan V, Yeh MM, Sarkar M, Gill RM. Aggressive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis following rapid weight loss and/or malnutrition. Mod Pathol. 2017 Mar 03. View in PubMed
  2. Deniz K, Moreira RK, Yeh MM, Ferrell LD. Steatohepatitis-like Changes in Focal Nodular Hyperplasia, A Finding to Distinguish From Steatohepatitic Variant of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Am J Surg Pathol. 2017 Feb; 41(2):277-281. View in PubMed
  3. Cuervo H, Nielsen CM, Simonetto DA, Ferrell L, Shah VH, Wang RA. Endothelial notch signaling is essential to prevent hepatic vascular malformations in mice. Hepatology. 2016 Oct; 64(4):1302-16. View in PubMed
  4. Ehman EC, Umetsu SE, Ohliger MA, Fidelman N, Ferrell LD, Yeh BM, Yee J, Hope TA. Imaging prediction of residual hepatocellular carcinoma after locoregional therapy in patients undergoing liver transplantation or partial hepatectomy. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Aug 3. View in PubMed
  5. Tsokos CG, Krings G, Yilmaz F, Ferrell LD, Gill RM. Proliferative index facilitates distinction between benign biliary lesions and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Hum Pathol. 2016 Nov; 57:61-67. View in PubMed
  6. Ehman EC, Behr SC, Umetsu SE, Fidelman N, Yeh BM, Ferrell LD, Hope TA. Rate of observation and inter-observer agreement for LI-RADS major features at CT and MRI in 184 pathology proven hepatocellular carcinomas. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 May; 41(5):963-9. View in PubMed
  7. Quaglia A, Alves VA, Balabaud C, Bhathal PS, Bioulac-Sage P, Crawford JM, Dhillon AP, Ferrell L, Guido M, Hytiroglou P, Nakanuma Y, Paradis V, Snover DC, Theise ND, Thung SN, Tsui WM, van Leeuwen DJ. Role of aetiology in the progression, regression, and parenchymal remodelling of liver disease: implications for liver biopsy interpretation. Histopathology. 2016 Jun; 68(7):953-67. View in PubMed
  8. Gill RM, Buelow B, Mather C, Joseph NM, Alves V, Brunt EM, Liu TC, Makhlouf H, Marginean C, Nalbantoglu I, Sempoux C, Snover DC, Thung SN, Yeh MM, Ferrell LD. Hepatic small vessel neoplasm, a rare infiltrative vascular neoplasm of uncertain malignant potential. Hum Pathol. 2016 Apr 14. View in PubMed
  9. Yeh MM, Belt P, Brunt EM, Kowdley KV, Wilson LA, Ferrell L. Acidophil bodies in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Hum Pathol. 2016 Jun; 52:28-37. View in PubMed
  10. Cho SJ, Ferrell LD, Gill RM. Expression of liver fatty acid binding protein in hepatocellular carcinoma. Hum Pathol. 2016 Apr; 50:135-9. View in PubMed
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