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Dr. Kathie Grovit Ferbas, Ph.D. has been as an educator and a research scientist for over 20 years at the university level, and also developed and implemented an elementary school science laboratory program in her local community.  Dr. Ferbas is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  She also maintains a private practice at the Malibu Center for Clinical Nutrition that is dedicated to providing data driven nutritional support for inflammatory disease processes.  Prior to the establishment of her private practice, Dr. Ferbas ran translational research programs at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she was an Associate Professor of Medicine, and as a Senior Research Scientist at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System.  She is a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health.

Dr. Ferbas has extensive research expertise in the immunology of inflammatory disease processes and is currently conducting research regarding Inflammation and the Psychobiology of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.  Dr. Ferbas has been a member of over 20 National Institutes of Health grant review panels, and remains a standing member of the NIH AIDSRRC Research and Career Development Awards review panel.  In addition, she serves as a Reviewer and as an Editor for a number of scientific journals.  She is the recipient of a 2001 Redbook Magazine Mothers and Shakers award for her immunologic research in the field of HIV/AIDS vaccine development.

In addition, Dr. Ferbas grew up and received her education in the shadow of her father’s chronic illness.  She understands the dynamics of living with, and loving someone who suffers from a chronic and potentially life threatening illness.  She is uniquely positioned to recognize that it is the whole family who needs to be supported.  In addition, she has worked and trained closely with her father, Dr. Melvyn Grovit on the role of food and the microbiota in inflammatory disease processes.  Dr. Ferbas brings her expertise in immune function and the practical application of nutrition in the modulation of inflammatory disease processes to her private practice.


Recent Relevant Publications:


  • Grovit M, Grovit-Ferbas. K., Slonim A. Complementary Nutrition and Nutraceuticals in the Management of Short Bowel Syndrome in the Adult with Crohn’s Disease. in Metabolic Medicine and Surgery (ed. Rothkopf M, N.M., Haverstick L) (CRC press, 2014).

  • Grovit-Ferbas, K. & Harris-White, M.E. Thinking about HIV: the intersection of virus, neuroinflammation and cognitive dysfunction. Immunologic Research 48, 40-58 (2010).

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