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Marla B. Ferschl


  • Associate Professor, Anesthesia


Dr. Marla B. Ferschl is the Executive Vice Chair for Pediatric Anesthesia, the Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Mission Bay and a Clinical Professor of Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF. Clinically, she is an anesthesiologist who treats children requiring sedation or anesthesia for procedures, radiologic studies, or surgery. Additionally, Dr. Ferschl attends on the integrated pediatric pain and palliative care service as a member of the acute pain team. Dr. Ferschl is also the director of fetal anesthesia at UCSF. Throughout her career, Ferschl has demonstrated a strong commitment to medical education. She received an excellence in teaching award from the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2012 and was appointed as a member of the Academy of Medical Educators in 2019. Her past leadership roles have included serving as the program director for the ACGME accredited Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program, and the director of fellowship education in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. Ferschl’s research interests span anesthesia for fetal surgery, operating room efficiency, and adverse respiratory outcomes in pediatric anesthesia. She has also played a pivotal role in developing and implementing the Visiting Scholars in Pediatric Anesthesia Program (ViSiPAP), a national speaker exchange program tailored for junior faculty in pediatric anesthesia. .

Education & Training

  • University of California, San Francisco, CA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
  • Children's Hospital Boston Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship
  • UCSF Anesthesiology Residency
  • University of Chicago School of Medicine


  • Marla B. Ferschl, Mark D. Rollins. Anesthesia for Rare Fetal and Placental Conditions. Obstetric Anesthesia and Uncommon Disorders. 2024 Jan 26; 456-468.
  • Marla B. Ferschl, Mark D. Rollins. Fetal Surgery and the EXIT Procedure. Neonatal Anesthesia. 2023 May 26; 485-503.
  • Ambardekar AP, Eriksen W, Ferschl MB, McNaull PP, Cohen IT, Greeley WJ, Lockman JL. A Consensus-Driven Approach to Redesigning Graduate Medical Education: The Pediatric Anesthesiology Delphi Study. Anesth Analg. 2023 03 01; 136(3):437-445. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Jain RR. Fetal and Neonatal Anesthesia. Clin Perinatol. 2022 Dec; 49(4):821-834. PubMed
  • Anjali A. Dixit, Nhi Ho, Christina Inglis-Arkell, Catherine L. Chen, Marla Ferschl, Solmaz P. Manuel. Unused opioid prescription prevalence after pediatric ambulatory surgery: a survey study. Annals of Pediatric Surgery. 2022 Nov 28; 18(1):80.
  • Marsh BJ, Kolodzie K, Robinowitz D, Jacobson A, Ferschl M. Wildfire Smoke Exposure Is Associated with Adverse Respiratory Events under General Anesthesia in At-risk Pediatric Patients. Anesthesiology. 2022 11 01; 137(5):543-554. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Boscardin C, Ravula N, Infosino A. Implementation and Assessment of a Visiting Scholar Exchange Program in Pediatric Anesthesiology to Promote Junior Faculty and Fellow Professional Development. J Educ Perioper Med. 2021 Apr-Jun; 23(2):E661. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Rollins MD, Chatterjee D. Error traps in anesthesia for fetal interventions. Paediatr Anaesth. 2021 03; 31(3):275-281. PubMed
  • Dixit AA, Elser H, Chen CL, Ferschl M, Manuel SP. Language-Related Disparities in Pain Management in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for Children Undergoing Laparoscopic Appendectomy. Children (Basel). 2020 Oct 04; 7(10). PubMed
  • Marsh BJ, Sinskey J, Whitlock EL, Ferschl MB, Rollins MD. Use of Remifentanil for Open in utero Fetal Myelomeningocele Repair Maintains Uterine Relaxation with Reduced Volatile Anesthetic Concentration. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2020; 47(11):810-816. PubMed
  • M.B. Ferschl, J. Feiner, L. Vu, D. Smith, M.D. Rollins. A Comparison of Spinal Anesthesia Versus Monitored Anesthesia Care With Local Anesthesia in Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Obstetric Anesthesia Digest. 2020 Sep 1; 40(3):145-146.
  • Ferschl MB, Lee JK, Lockman JL, Black S, Chatterjee D, Agarwal R, Schwartz LI, Fiadjoe J, Heitmiller E, Mershon BH, Deutsch N, McCloskey J, Infosino A. East/West Visiting Scholars in Pediatric Anesthesia Program (ViSiPAP): Developing tomorrow's pediatric anesthesia leaders. Paediatr Anaesth. 2020 07; 30(7):743-748. PubMed
  • Infosino A, Ferschl MB. Initial implementation of a combined faculty member and fellow exchange programme. Med Educ. 2020 05; 54(5):460-461. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Feiner J, Vu L, Smith D, Rollins MD. A Comparison of Spinal Anesthesia Versus Monitored Anesthesia Care With Local Anesthesia in Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Anesth Analg. 2020 02; 130(2):409-415. PubMed
  • Ashizawa T, Gagnon C, Groh WJ, Gutmann L, Johnson NE, Meola G, Moxley R, Pandya S, Rogers MT, Simpson E, Angeard N, Bassez G, Berggren KN, Bhakta D, Bozzali M, Broderick A, Byrne JLB, Campbell C, Cup E, Day JW, De Mattia E, Duboc D, Duong T, Eichinger K, Ekstrom AB, van Engelen B, Esparis B, Eymard B, Ferschl M, Gadalla SM, Gallais B, Goodglick T, Heatwole C, Hilbert J, Holland V, Kierkegaard M, Koopman WJ, Lane K, Maas D, Mankodi A, Mathews KD, Monckton DG, Moser D, Nazarian S, Nguyen L, Nopoulos P, Petty R, Phetteplace J, Puymirat J, Raman S, Richer L, Roma E, Sampson J, Sansone V, Schoser B, Sterling L, Statland J, Subramony SH, Tian C, Trujillo C, Tomaselli G, Turner C, Venance S, Verma A, White M, Winblad S. Consensus-based care recommendations for adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1. Neurol Clin Pract. 2018 Dec; 8(6):507-520. PubMed
  • Nguyen E, Sarah G, Ferschl MB. Images in Anesthesiology: Intraoral Lipomas. Anesthesiology. 2018 03; 128(3):636. PubMed
  • Sinskey JL, Rollins MD, Whitlock E, Moon-Grady AJ, Vu L, Feiner JR, Ferschl MB. Incidence and Management of Umbilical Artery Flow Abnormalities during Open Fetal Surgery. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2018; 43(4):274-283. PubMed
  • Shavit CW, Rollins MD, Ferschl MB. Maternal convulsion during high-dose sevoflurane anaesthesia for open foetal surgery. Br J Anaesth. 2017 04 01; 118(4):634-635. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Moon-Grady AJ, Rollins MD, Gilliss B, Schulman SR, Tulzer G, Stohl S, Ginosar Y. CASE 8-2016 Percutaneous Fetal Cardiac Intervention for Severe Aortic Stenosis and Evolving Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 Aug; 30(4):1118-28. PubMed
  • Andrew Infosino, Marla Ferschl. Complications of Anesthesia. Pediatric Anesthesiology. 2015 Sep 1; 609-609.
  • Tina T. Dong, Marla Ferschl. What’s New in Craniosynostosis?. Current Anesthesiology Reports. 2015 Jun 1; 5(2):168-176.
  • Ferschl M, Ball R, Lee H, Rollins MD. Anesthesia for in utero repair of myelomeningocele. Anesthesiology. 2013 May; 118(5):1211-23. PubMed
  • Menda SK, Gregory GA, Feiner JR, Zwass MS, Ferschl MB. The effect of deep and awake tracheal extubation on turnover times and postoperative respiratory complications post adenoid-tonsillectomy. Can J Anaesth. 2012 Dec; 59(12):1158-9. PubMed
  • Ferschl MB, Rollins MD. Thromboemboli, acute right heart failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation after intraoperative application of a topical hemostatic matrix. Anesth Analg. 2009 Feb; 108(2):434-6. PubMed
  • David B. Glick, Avery Tung, Marla B. Ferschl, BobbieJean Sweitzer. Anesthesia Preoperative Medicine Clinic: Beyond Surgery Cancellations. Anesthesiology. 2006 Jul 1; 105(1):225-226.
  • Ferschl MB, Tung A, Sweitzer B, Huo D, Glick DB. Preoperative clinic visits reduce operating room cancellations and delays. Anesthesiology. 2005 Oct; 103(4):855-9. PubMed
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