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Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery program is a world leader in the field with more than three decades of experience. We perform complex surgeries including repair of congenital defects, Norwood procedures, arterial switch and Ross procedures. Our surgeons perform many operations using minimally invasive techniques that reduce hospital stays, speed recovery time and decrease scarring.

Our care and innovative approaches build on the latest research in the field. Many of our treatments were developed by internationally recognized leaders at UCSF. Our surgeons are also outstanding teachers, training the doctors of tomorrow and conducting international outreach activities to enhance pediatric cardiothoracic care.

Contact Us

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
513 Parnassus Ave., Suite S549
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476–3501
Fax: (415) 746–9678

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus
  • For more information about Muni visit,

    * Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Gordon Cohen
Dr. Gordon Cohen,
pediatric heart surgeon
Tara Karamlou
Dr. Tara Karamlou,
pediatric heart surgeon

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