Heather Ferris headshot

Heather A. Ferris

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: Department of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Office location and address
450 Ray C Hunt Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
MD, University of Virginia
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Clinical Fellowship, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Ferris came to UVA after 8 years of training and practice at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. At UVA, Dr. Ferris treats patients with diabetes and heart disease as part of the Diabetes Cardiovascular Center. She focuses on lifestyle modification, hypoglycemia prevention by medication modification or continuous glucose monitoring and healthy aging.

Dr. Ferris leads a lab studying the basic mechanisms leading to cognitive problems in some patients with diabetes.  

She lives with her family in Crozet where she enjoys gardening and camping.

Fluorescent Redox Indicators to Image Oxidative Stress in Alzheimer¿s Disease
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Aging
May 01, 2022 – April 30, 2025
The brain cholesterol interactome
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Aging
February 01, 2021 – January 31, 2023
InnoVAte Year 4 Telehealth to Prevent and Manage Chronic Diseases
Source: Virginia Department Of Health
September 30, 2019 – September 29, 2022
Virginia Telehealth Initiative to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke
Source: Virginia Department Of Health
February 08, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Mechanisms of diabetes-mediated increases in Alzheimer¿s disease and dementia
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Insulin and SREBP-2 in brain cholesterol regulation
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidne
June 26, 2017 – November 15, 2017
NESC 3960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Students in Neuroscience major are expected to participate in active research, supervised by a faculty research mentor. The course grade is based on 10 hours/week lab work toward achieving term goals that are determined individually at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to submit a Term Plan one month after the first day of classes and a Progress Report two weeks before the last day of classes.
NESC 3995: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
This course provides opportunities for first and second year students who have not yet declared a major to engage in supervised research activities.
NESC 4970: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.