Maria E. Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Phone: (919) 445-2678
Fax: (919) 966-4251
Office Location: 7021 Burnett-Womack

Specialty Areas: Renal epidemiology; Early markers of adult kidney disease

Chronology: MD: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1983; MPH: University of Texas, 1985; PhD: University of Texas, 2006

An Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Ferris has founded the UNC Health Care Transition Program. She is a pediatric nephrologist and epidemiologist who also directs the Pediatric Renal Replacement Therapy Programs, while also manages to have a family. One of her 3 children is a young adult with special health care needs. Her mission is to develop evidence-based health provider and patient tools to improve the outcomes of young adults with pediatric onset chronic conditions. 


Selected Bibliography:

Case-based Discussions at the Pediatric Nephrology Fellows Conference. Mahan J, Ferris M (2009) Renal Failure (in press)

Disordered aldosterone-volume relationship in end-stage kidney disease Andrew S Bomback, Abhijit V Kshirsagar, Maria E Ferris, Philip J Klemmer (2009) JRAAS (In press)

Maria Ferris, John Mahan (2009) Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease and the Process of Transition Semin Nephrol 29:435-444

Maria Ferris, David A. Shoham, Margareth Pierre-Louis, Larry Mandhelker, Randy Detwiler and Abhijit V. Kshirsagar. (2009) High Prevalence of Unlabeled Chronic Kidney Disease in a Tertiary-Care Hospital: Medicus Caveo. American Journal of Medical Sciences. Am J Med Sci 2009;337(2):93–97

William Irish, PhD1, J. Bradley Layton, BS2, Kerri Simo, MD3, Jianmin Wang, PhD1, Heather Stewart, MD3 and Maria E. de Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD3  Short- and Long-term Risk of Graft Loss Following Kidney Transplantation in USA Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (2008) American Journal of Transplantation (Submitted)
Maria Ferris,MD,MPH, PhD; Uptal D. Patel,MD; Susan Massengill,MD; Debbie Gipson,MD,MS;
William“Gus” Conley,MD; J. Bradley Layton; Shashi Nagaraj,MD;WilliamPrimack,MD Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease in North Carolina. N C Med J (2008) Volume 69, Number 3:208-14

Maria Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD; Susan L Hogan, PhD; Hyunsook Chin, MPH; David A. Shoham, PhD; Debbie S Gipson, MD MS; Keisha Gibson, MD; Sema Yilmaz, MD; Ronald J Falk, MD; J. and Charles Jennette MD Albuminuria, Obesity, and Urinalysis Findings in U.S. Young Adults from the Add Health Wave III Study American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2206) CJASN 2:1207-201

Maria E. Ferris S Gipson , Paul L Kimmel  and Paul W Eggers. Trends in Treatment and Outcomes of Survival of Adolescents Initiating End-Stage Renal Disease Care in the United States. Pediatric Nephrology, 2006  

DS Gipson, H Chin, TP Presler, C Jennette, ME Ferris, S Massengill, K Gibson, DB Thomas.  Differential risk of remission and ESRD in childhood FSGS.  Pediatric Nephrology, (2006) Mar; 21(3):344-9.  Epub 2006 Jan 5.   

Kui Huang, Maria E. Ferris, Kenneth A. Andreoni, Debbie S. Gipson. The differential effect of race among pediatric kidney transplant recipients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.  American Journal of Kidney Disease (2004) 43: 1082-1090. 

DS Gipson and ME Ferris. A Measure of Success in Kidney Transplantation. Invited editorial. Pediatric Transplantation 8:104-105, 2004.

DS Gipson, ME Ferris, MA Dooley, K Huang, and SL Hogan.  Renal Transplantation in Children with Lupus Nephritis. AJKD (2003) 41(2):455-63 

Gitomer J, Khan A, Ferris ME. “Treatment of Severe Theophylline Toxicity with Hemodialysis in a Preterm Neonate.”  American Journal of Pediatric Nephrology (2001) Oct; 16(10):784-6. 

Green H, Vazquez E, Chow E, Yusim J, Ferris M: “Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure” Contemporary Pediatrics (2001) 18 No. 11:72-80 

Bonilla-Felix M, Parra C, Dajani T, Ferris M, Swinford R, Portman R, Verani R “Changing Patterns in the Histopathology of Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome in Children” Kidney International  (1999) 55:1885-90. 

Meier-Kriesche HU, Bonilla-Felix MA, Ferris ME, Swinford R, Kahan BD, Brannan P, Portman RJ.  A limited sampling strategy for the estimation of Neoral AUCs in pediatric patients.  Pediatric Nephrology, (1999) Nov; 13(9):742-7.  

Mendoza SM, Griswold WR, Peterson BM, Rodarte A, Ferris ME, Martinez C, Reznik VM (1993).  “Acute Peritoneal Dialysis in Critically Ill Children.  Dialysis and Transplantation.” Dialysis and Transplantation, 22: 129-32. 

Reznik VM, Griswold WR, Peterson BM, Rodarte A, Ferris ME, Mendoza SA (1991). “Peritoneal Dialysis for Acute Renal Failure in Children.” Pediatric Nephrology, 5: 715-717. 

Ferris ME, Mendoza SA, Griswold WR, Strauch LH, Reznik VM (1991).  “Symptomatic Cholelithiasis in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients: A Complication of Immunosuppression?” Pediatric. Nephrology. 5:15-17.

Books/Book Chapters:

Ferris ME, Editor: The Houston International Community Health Summit Notes from the proceedings 1999, 1998, & 1997 

Ferris ME, Brannan P, Portman RJ: Chapter 21: Neonatal Nephrology.  Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care (3rd edition).  Baltimore, MD: Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1993. 

Ferris ME: Kidney Diseases: A Guide for Patients and Their Families.  American Kidney Fund, Spanish Edition, 1991. 

Videotape: Ferris, ME: “A New Beginning” The In-Utero Substance Exposed Child, UT-Houston 1997


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