Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic

The Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), a collaboration between UCSF and community organizations, offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents. A central component of this program is the UCSF CAGC Clinic, housed in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology.

Gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents feel a strong conflict between their gender (inner sense of who they are) and their physical sex characteristics. The CAGC team believes that being transgender is a normal variation in gender identity. As of May, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association has replaced the term "gender identity disorder" with the term "gender dysphoria."

Medical treatment may include administration of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH-A). These hormones can safely suppress puberty by blocking the production of the principal sex hormones: estrogen and testosterone. Fully reversible, this treatment gives young people time to achieve greater self-awareness of their gender identification. If and when appropriate, our experts may administer cross-gender sex hormones.

Our Team

Our clinic brings together experts from within and outside UCSF to provide comprehensive care and support to our patients. The team includes:

  • Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, pediatric endocrinologist, professor of pediatrics, medical director of the CAGC
  • Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, developmental and clinical psychologist, mental health director of the CAGC
  • Joel Baum, MS, director of education and training for Gender Spectrum, director of advocacy for the CAGC
  • Ilana Sherer, MD, primary care pediatrician, assistant medical director of the CAGC
  • Nicole DeButts, PNP, pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Meredith Russell, PNP, pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Molly Koren, MSW, social worker

Getting Here

Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Fax: (415) 476-8214 (Attention:
Dr. Stephen Rosenthal)

Hours: Two Tuesday afternoons a month

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

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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

Molly Koren
Molly Koren,
social worker
Stephen Rosenthal
Dr. Stephen Rosenthal,
pediatric endocrinologist
Meredith Russell
Meredith Russell,
pediatric nurse practitioner