The Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery, or NICN, is a component of the UCSF William H. Tooley Intensive Care Nursery. The NICN provides specialized, high-level care for infants at risk for neurological injury. We treat babies with conditions such as stroke, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, seizures, intraventricular hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, genetic disorders, brain malformations, extreme prematurity and other related conditions.
Founded in 2008, the NICN was the first program of its kind in the country, and continues to remain the leader in "brain-focused" neonatal care. Currently, UCSF is one of just a handful of hospitals nationwide that provide the highest level of care to this vulnerable population. Many of our patients are transported to UCSF from other hospitals within California and from across the country.
The NICN team consists of world-renowned specialists — board certified neonatologists, neonatal neurologists, pediatric surgeons, neuroradiologists, specially trained NICN nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners trained in neonatal neurology and others — as well as many other care providers, such as respiratory care therapists, physical and occupational therapists, palliative care specialists, social workers and lactation consultants. The entire team works together to provide our patients with the best care modern medicine has to offer, around the clock.
Hear an interview with Dr. Sonia Bonifacio, a neonatologist, who discusses hypothermia treatment to prevent brain damage in newborns, and Kelsey Dimitropoulos, whose son Luke was born without a heartbeat but survived after undergoing treatment in the Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery.
UCSF NICN "brain-focused" care includes:
In addition to providing the highest level of care, a large part of the NICN's mission is to continually improve upon that level of care — and thus the outcomes — for this population of patients. UCSF's Intensive Care Nursery is responsible for discovering many of the therapies and treatments now used as standard care for critically ill infants.
We have many ongoing research trials in our Neonatal Clinical Research Center. Should your family choose to participate, special research doctors and nurses in the NICN will coordinate your child's care within the study.
Having a child in the NICN can be a highly stressful experience for families. The NICN staff wants you to feel as involved, informed and as comfortable as possible with your baby's care. We encourage parents to ask as many questions as they need.
In addition, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital offers a variety of services to help support your family during your baby's hospital stay, which are listed below under "Patient Services."
A handbook for parents, "Comforting Your Baby in Intensive Care," is available for free download in the iTunes store. The handbook teaches parents how pain works and how they can partner with their baby's care team to keep their baby comfortable during a stay in intensive care.
Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
1975 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1565
Fax: (415) 353-1202
Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:
Daily Maximum: $30/day
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:
(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.
Address: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
505 Parnassus Ave., 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Referrals and provider consultation: 24/7 Access Center
Phone: (877) 822-4453 (UC-CHILD)
Fax: (415) 353-4485
Maps and directions: pathway.ucsfmedicalcenter.org
The Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery (NICN) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco was the first program of its kind in the United States. An integral part of the Pediatric Brain Center, the NICN provides a unique model of brain-focused care that incorporates the combined expertise of board-certified neonatologists, neonatal neurologists, neonatal epileptologists, pediatric neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists. This multidisciplinary team delivers a novel approach to evaluation and treatment designed to provide the most effective care for newborns at high risk for short-term brain injury and long-term disability.
A. James Barkovich, M.D.
Sonia L. Bonifacio, M.D.
M. Roberta Cilio M.D., Ph.D.
Debby Dewar, N.N.P.
Neonatal nurse practitioner
Christopher F. Dowd, M.D.
Donna M. Ferriero, M.D., M.S.
Audrey E. Foster-Barber, M.D.
Heather J. Fullerton, M.D.
Pediatric stroke neurologist
Hannah C. Glass, M.D.
Fernando Gonzalez, M.D.
Nalin Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.
Gavin Henderson, M.D, Ph.D.
Roberta Keller, M.D.
Neonatologist / ECMO
J. Colin Partridge, M.D.
Susan Peloquin, R.N., M.S.
NICN nurse coordinator
Elizabeth E. Rogers, M.D.
Neonatologist / HRIF
David H. Rowitch, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Shimotake, M.D.
Joseph E. Sullivan, M.D.
Yao Sun, M.D., Ph.D.
Yvonne Wu, M.D., M.P.H.