LIFE Clinic

The Long-term Infant-to-adult Follow-up and Evaluation Program, or LIFE Clinic, provides long-term follow-up care to infants cared for in UCSF's Intensive Care Nursery. Infants — who weighed less than 1,500 grams at birth, received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment, underwent fetal surgery or had other at-risk conditions — are followed for growth and development.

The clinic, started in 2002, now serves almost 200 children who received either prenatal or postnatal treatment for congenital anomalies, including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atresia, congenital pulmonary airway malformation, sacrococcygeal teratoma, choledochal cysts, imperforate anus, Hirschsprung's disease and other conditions.

These patients are assessed for long-term outcomes and screened for other potential conditions through adolescence into adulthood,

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The program provides the following services.

  • Parent support after discharge
  • Early identification of developmental disabilities and referral for rehabilitative services
  • Liaison with public health services and local agencies involved in the child's care

Our core staff includes a neonatologist trained in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, psychologist, nurse, coordinator and physical therapy consultant. We see patients in our San Francisco office as well as in satellite clinics in Clear Lake, Eureka, Salinas, Santa Rosa, Ukiah and Willits, with clinics at other sites as needed.

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Getting Here

LIFE Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-9717
Fax: (415) 502-3277

Hours: Tuesday
9 a.m.– noon

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional Locations
Santa Rosa


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