Dr. Ferentz was born and raised in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from SUNY at Albany, where he majored in Biology and Theater. He received his M.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine. After completing his Family Practice residency at the University of Maryland, Dr. Ferentz completed a fellowship in Faculty Development with an emphasis in Obstetrics. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland. For six years he was the Director of Student and Employee Health for the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the Medical Director of Family Medicine Specialists, the faculty practice for the Department. Dr. Ferentz then served as the Residency Director for the Department from 1993-2005. In July, 2005, Dr. Ferentz assumed the role of Director of Clinical Operations for the Department. An Associate Professor, Dr. Ferentz has authored more than three dozen articles and book chapters concerning issues in Family Medicine. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Ferentz has received more than a dozen teaching awards, including two national awards: the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Outstanding Program Director Award from the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors. He was named one of the Best Family Physicians by Baltimore Magazine in 1997, 2000 and 2002. The Ladies Home Journal named him one of the best Family Physicians in America in 2002. He was named to Best Doctors in America in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He appears in Who's Who in America in 2004, 2005 and 2006. His academic interests center primarily around Smoking Cessation and the recognition and treatment of Depression in the primary care setting. Dr. Ferentz has taught thousands of medical students, residents and practicing physicians how to help patients quit smoking. He ran smoking cessation groups at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for six years. Dr. Ferentz is the designer of an award-winning smoking cessation program, "Tobacco Free!", which was implemented in Baltimore area high schools. Dr. Ferentz has also participated in a number of clinical trials for anti-depressant medications and is recognized as a national thought leader regarding the care of mental illness in the primary care setting.
Dr. Ferentz is active in organized medicine. He is a past-President of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and has served on several committees and commissions for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the Maryland Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Dr. Ferentz is a member of Country Drama, a community theater group in Baltimore. For eight years he was the regular host of Sunday Rounds, the largest medical call-in show on public radio, heard nationwide and around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network and the Internet.
His wife, Lisa, is a clinical social worker and they are the proud parents of Jacob, Zachary and Noah.
Ferentz KS, Sobal J, Colgan R. Family Medicine Residency Training - Three or Four Years?: Opinions of Residency Directors, Third Year Residents and Recent Residency Graduates. Journal of Family Practice 1988;26(4):415-20
Ferentz KS, Sobal J, Colgan R. Hospital Privileges for Family Physicians: Patterns of Recent Residency Graduates, Residency Director Perceptions and Resident Expectations. Journal of Family Practice 1988;27(3):297-301
Sobal J, Ferentz KS. Comparing Physicians' Responses to the First and Second Mailings of a Questionnaire. Evaluation and the Health Professions 1989;12(3):329-39
Sobal J, Ferentz KS. Assessing Sample Representativeness in Surveys of Physicians - Response. Evaluation and the Health Professions 1990;13(3):367-71
Sobal J, DeForge B, Ferentz KS, et al. Physician Responses to Multiple Questionnaire Mailings. Evaluation Review 1990;14(6):711-722
Ferentz KS. Non-pharmacological Treatment of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. PostGraduate Medicine August, 1990:185-92
Ferentz KS, Sobal J. Family Medicine Residency Orientations: A National Survey. Family Medicine 1991;23(2):154-5
Hersh E, Cromwell G, Ferentz KS. HIV in Maryland: Experiences and Attitudes of Family Physicians. Medical Care 1991;29(10):1051-6
Valente CM, Duszynski KR, Smoot R, Ferentz KS, et al. Physician Estimates of Substance Abuse in Baltimore and Cumberland: 1990. Maryland Medical Journal 1992; 41(11):973-8
Ferentz KS, Valente CM. Helping Patients Stop Smoking. Maryland Medical Journal 1994;43(1):45-9
Ferentz KS. The Primary Care Setting: Managing Medical Comorbidity in the Elderly Depressed Patient. In Depression in the Elderly, Geriatrics 1995;50(Suppl 1):S-25-31
Berman BM, Singh BK, Lao L, Singh BB, Ferentz KS, Hartnoll SM. Physicians' Attitudes Toward Complementary Or Alternative Medicine: A Regional Survey. Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 1995;8(5):361-6
Ferentz KS. Tobacco Excise Taxes: Stop Children from Starting! Maryland Medical Journal 1995;44(10):796-799
Ferentz KS. Recognizing and Treating Dysthymia in the Primary Care Patient. In A Special Report: Depression in the primary care patient, PostGraduate Medicine, December, 1995
Ferentz KS. Antidepressant Selection: Patient Profiles. Family Practice Recertification 2000;22(11):25-31
Carraccio C, Wolfsthal S, Englander R, Ferentz K, Martin C. Shifting paradigms: From Flexner to competencies. Acad Med 2002;77 361-367.
Carraccio C, Englander R, Wolfsthal S, Martin C, Ferentz K. Educating the Pediatrician of the 21st Century: Defining and Implementing a Competency-Based System. Pediatrics 2004;113:252-258.
Ferentz KS. Switching anti-depressants -- when, why, and how. Patient Care, November, 2004:58-63.
Nguyen H, Ferentz KS, Patel A, Le C. Churg-Strauss Syndrome Associated with HIV Infection. J. Am. Board Fam. Pract., Mar 2005;18:140-142.
Ferentz, KS, Nesbitt L. Common Problems and Emergencies in the Obstetric Patient. Prim Care Clin Office Pract 2006;33:727-50.
Ferentz KS. A Guide to Switching Antidepressant Therapy. Patient Care, January, 2007