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Linda D. Ferrell, MD

Linda D. Ferrell, MD

  • Emeritus Professor
  • Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 

Contact Information

Fax: 415-353-1200
Department of Pathology
505 Parnassus Ave., Rm. M590, Box 0102
San Francisco, CA 94143
[email protected]
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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.

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  1. Nguyen ED, Ding CC, Umetsu SE, Choi WT, Ferrell LD, Wen KW. Use of orcein as an adjunct stain in the evaluation of advanced liver fibrosis. Histopathology. 2023 Oct; 83(4):538-545. View in PubMed
  2. Van Treeck BJ, Moreira RK, Mounajjed T, Ferrell L, Xue Y, Jessen E, Davila J, Graham RP. Transcriptomic Analysis of Cirrhosis-Like Hepatocellular Carcinoma Reveals Distinct Molecular Characteristics and Pathologic Staging Implications. Am J Clin Pathol. 2022 12 01; 158(6):750-758. View in PubMed
  3. Lau C, Kalantari B, Batts KP, Ferrell LD, Nyberg SL, Graham RP, Moreira RK. The Voronoi theory of the normal liver lobular architecture and its applicability in hepatic zonation. Sci Rep. 2021 04 29; 11(1):9343. View in PubMed
  4. Deniz K, Umetsu SE, Ferrell L, Yilmaz F, Güllüoglu M, Sagol Ö, Dogusoy GB, Kirimlioglu H, Turhan N, Doran F, Kepil N, Çelikel ÇA, Nart D, Özgüven BY, Ceyran B, Karadag N, Kir G, Erden E, Yilmaz G, Akyol G. Hepatocellular adenomas in the Turkish population: reclassification according to updated World Health Organization criteria. Histopathology. 2021 Jul; 79(1):23-33. View in PubMed
  5. Wen KW, Rabinovitch PS, Wang D, Mattis AN, Ferrell LD, Choi WT. Utility of DNA flow cytometry in distinguishing between malignant and benign intrahepatic biliary lesions. Virchows Arch. 2020 Oct; 477(4):527-534. View in PubMed
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