Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
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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
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Fax: (415) 476-8214 (Attention:
Dr. Stephen Rosenthal)

Hours: Tuesday afternoons

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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Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
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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