Robert Louis Ferris, MD, PhD

Robert Louis Ferris, MD, PhD, is a specialist in otolaryngology at UPMC CancerCenter
  • Specialty:

    Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Secondary Specialty:

    Head and Neck Surgery
  • Board Certifications:

  • Education:

    MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD PhD
  • Residency:

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Affiliations:

    UPMC Shadyside UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital UPMC Mercy UPMC Presbyterian UPMC Horizon


Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD is the Director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. He is also Hillman Professor of Oncology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research, and Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology and Co-Directs the Tumor Microenvironment Center. Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, he treats patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including the thyroid and salivary glands, oral cavity, throat and voice box (larynx). He regularly performs endoscopic, minimally invasive approaches to thyroidectomy and partial laryngectomy, in order to preserve function and speed the return of speaking, swallowing and breathing.

Dr. Ferris is also developing and implementing immunotherapy (cancer vaccines) to treat head and neck tumors. His research focus is in trying to understand how to stimulate the body's immune system to eliminate cancer. The goals of this research are to boost the body's immune response against cancer and to try to prevent cancer from recurring (or to prevent it from occurring in the first place).

Dr. Ferris was trained at Johns Hopkins, where he received his medical degree and PhD in Immunology, a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and subspecialty training in head and neck oncologic surgery.