Linda D. Ferrell, MD
2020 USCAP Board’s Distinguished Pathologist
Dr. Ferrell trained in pathology at both the University of Kansas and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She joined the faculty at UCSF in 1981 and retired to Emerita status in June 2015. She served as Distinguished Professor in Anatomic Pathology (Endowed Chair), as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Anatomic Pathology and the Director of Surgical Pathology from 2000-2015. She also served as Surgical Pathology Fellowship Director (2000-14) and was the Director of Liver/GI pathology Fellowship at UCSF from (2005-14). She has been honored with multiple medical student and resident teaching awards at UCSF, and honored with the Mostofi Award (2015), The Harvey Goldman Teaching Award (2016), and Distinguished Pathologist Award (2020) from USCAP. The Arthur Purdy Stout Society has also awarded her the President’s Award in 2017 and the Fred W. Stewart Memorial Sloan Kettering Award in 2019. She has been invited to lecture at numerous US and international meetings, including USCAP, and has had numerous visiting professorships and lectureships. She has contributed to over 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous chapters on liver pathology in major surgical pathology textbooks. She is one of the three co-editors for the last four editions (Editions 5-8) of the MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver textbook, recognized as the premier text in this subspecialty. She is also the lead editor of Liver Pathology, in the Consultant Pathology Series (Demos Publishers) which emphasizes difficult diagnostic problems in liver pathology. She is one of the founding members of the International Liver Pathology Study Group (ELVES). She has been the President of USCAP and also served on the Education Committee, Executive Council, and in a variety of teaching roles. She has also served as President of the Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society. She has chaired two major educational courses for pathologists for multiple years, including the UCSF (33 years) and the California Society of Pathologists annual courses (8 years). Dr. Ferrell still remains active academically and clinically, as well as in a mentoring role in her Emerita status. Her academic interests currently include primarily emphasis in the areas of liver tumors, particularly hepatic tumors (such as adenomas, focal nodular hyperplasia, dysplastic nodules, and hepatocellular carcinoma), fatty liver disease, and vascular-related liver lesions.