LiVDerm Faculty Members

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Laura K. Ferris, MD, PhD

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Laura K. Ferris, MD, PhD

Medical Dermatologist


Dr. Ferris is associate professor in the Department of Dermatology and Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and directs the Clinical Trials Office at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is also chief of Dermatology at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh and directs the University of Pittsburgh’s psoriasis and pigmented lesions specialty clinics.

Her clinical practice focuses on medical dermatology with specialty clinics in psoriasis and cutaneous malignancy. She is actively involved in several clinical trials for novel therapies to manage complex skin diseases including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and hidradentits suppurativa and contributes to NIH-funded translational studies aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of psoriasis. Dr. Ferris also studies novel technologies to improve early detection of melanoma and population-based skin cancer screening. She has authored over 100 book chapters and manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature.


Education and Training

  • Dermatology Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), 2007
  • Investigative Dermatology Fellowship,UPMC Presbyterian, 2006
  • Internal Medicine Internship, UPMC Presbyterian, 2003
  • Medical Degree, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2002
  • PhD - Immunology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology, Marquette University, 1993

Professional Highlights

  • President, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, 2021
  • Academic Dermatology Leadership Program, American Academy of Dermatology, 2009
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award, American Medical Women's Association,
  • Donaldson Prize for Excellence in Pathology, 2002
  • Eugene Sydney Bereston Award for Excellence in Dermatology, 2002


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