Craniofacial Anomalies Center

The Center for Craniofacial Anomalies treats all types of conditions affecting the face, head and neck, whether they were present at birth or acquired from a trauma or tumor. The most common conditions include cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis syndromes, which involve the early fusing of one or more of the bones in the skull and face during fetal development.

The center has been caring for individuals with craniofacial differences since 1954 and is dedicated to the early diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial conditions. In turn, the center combines the most advanced surgical and therapeutic techniques with respectful and sensitive team care.

Since most conditions affect an individual both medically and socially, the center uses experts from many disciplines to address the special needs of our patients. Team members include specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, otolaryngology, prosthodontics, dermatology, speech pathology, genetics, nursing and social work. Together, the team seeks to improve the health and physical appearance of our patients as well as promote their overall well being through education and support.

Please call the number below for information about making an appointment.

Getting Here

Center for Craniofacial Anomalies
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-747
San Francisco, CA 94143-0570
Phone: (415) 476-2271
Fax: (415) 476-9513

Hours: Monday and Tuesday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Referring Physicians

For information on referring a patient to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, please visit the "Make a Referral" webpage.

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Clinic Team

William Hoffman
Dr. William Hoffman,
plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Jason Pomerantz
Dr. Jason Pomerantz,
plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Anne Slavotinek
Dr. Anne Slavotinek,
pediatric medical geneticist
Ophir Klein
Dr. Ophir Klein,
pediatric medical geneticist
Snehlata Oberoi
Dr. Snehlata Oberoi,
Chirag Patel
Dr. Chirag Patel,
oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Karin Vargervik
Dr. Karin Vargervik,
Susanna Upton
Susanna Upton,
speech language pathologist
Kristina Rosbe
Dr. Kristina Rosbe,
pediatric head and neck surgeon
Anna Meyer
Dr. Anna Meyer,
pediatric head and neck surgeon
Nalin Gupta
Dr. Nalin Gupta,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Ilona Frieden
Dr. Ilona Frieden,
pediatric dermatologist
Anne Boekelheide
Anne Boekelheide,
pediatric nurse practitioner
Margaret Langham
Margaret Langham,
pediatric nurse practitioner
Karina  Marini-Lieben
Karina Marini-Lieben,
social worker
Hazel Perry
Hazel Perry,
genetic counselor