James L Ferrara

James L Ferrara, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • PROFESSOR | Pediatrics
  • PROFESSOR | Oncological Sciences

Specialty:

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Research Topics:

Cytokines, Immunological Tolerance, Immunology, Inflammation, Stem Cells, Transplantation

Dr. James Ferrara is a physician-scientist whose clinical and research career has focused on the immunology of bone marrow transplantation (BMT), particularly its major complication graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD). Using trailblazing proteomic techniques, his team has identified and validated unexpected biomarkers for skin, gut and steroid-resistant GVHD. He has created exceptionally large and informative biorepositories and then mined them to meld these biomarkers into the first algorithm that predicts response to treatment and that can guide GVHD therapy. Dr. Ferrara’s pioneering mechanistic studies have illuminated unexpected interactions between the innate and adaptive immune systems and have led to both conceptual breakthroughs and the discovery of novel therapeutic targets. A superb clinician and world-class clinical investigator, his decades-long focus on GVHD has significant potential impact in making BMT safer and more effective for all patients.

Dr. Ferrara graduated Cum laude from Georgetown Medical School and then completed his pediatric residency and fellowship at Boston’s Children’s and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After 19 years at he went to the University of Michigan to direct the combined adult and pediatric BMT program. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mout Sinai recruited Dr. Ferrara in 2014 to become the Ward-Coleman professor of Cancer medicine and to direct the Center for Translational Resarch in Hematologic Malignancies.

Certifications

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Clinical Focus

  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation, Allogeneic
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation, Autologous
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation, Pediatric
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Hematologic Malignancies, Pediatric