Cystic Fibrosis Center

The UCSF Cystic Fibrosis Center specializes in the care of children and adults with cystic fibrosis, a common but life-threatening genetic lung disorder. U.S. News & World Report has named UCSF Medical Center a specialized center of excellence for cystic fibrosis, and we are accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our team includes experienced doctors, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and social workers.

In 1980, our center became one of the first in the nation to establish a separate adult cystic fibrosis program, which now is as large as our pediatric program due to continual improvements in patient care.

We are a major center for cystic fibrosis research, receiving more than $2 million a year from the National Institutes of Health to fund several important projects, including a search for new treatments to correct the fundamental defect in the cystic fibrosis gene. We are one of the few cystic fibrosis research and development programs in the U.S., and have been funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for more than 20 years.

  • Hear an interview with Dr. Dennis Nielson and nurse practitioner Martha Richards. who talk about the latest advances in cystic fibrosis.

  • See a video about four young cystic fibrosis patients at UCSF.

You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Cystic Fibrosis Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Office: (415) 476-2072
Fax: (415) 476-9278

Hours: Every other Friday
9 a.m. – noon

Additional Locations

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

Research and Clinical Trials


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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Clinics & Centers

Clinic Team

Dennis Nielson
Dr. Dennis Nielson,
pediatric pulmonologist
Gwynne Church
Dr. Gwynne Church,
pediatric pulmonologist and sleep disorders specialist
Ngoc Ly
Dr. Ngoc Ly,
pediatric pulmonologist
Diana Dawson
Diana Dawson,
pediatric nurse practitioner
Martha Richards
Martha Richards,
pediatric nurse practitioner
Caroline Casey
Caroline Casey,
social worker
Jeni Romero
Jeni Romero,
social worker
Rebecca Hancock
Rebecca Hancock,
respiratory therapist