Neurosurgery Clinic

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital has the most comprehensive pediatric neurological surgery program in Northern California. Our pediatric neurosurgeons have special training in the evaluation and surgical treatment of infants, children and adolescents with disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Special equipment is used to accommodate the small bodies of infants and children, to monitor the precise doses of anesthesia and medications, and to prevent blood loss during surgery.

We take a team approach to each child's diagnosis and treatment. Neurosurgeons work with specially trained nurses and other health care professionals to provide the most advanced care. Our team also includes doctors who are board certified in pediatrics and anesthesia, pediatric critical care and neonatal critical care. Our neurosurgeons have completed fellowship training in pediatric neuro-oncology as well as pediatric neurosurgery.

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We are supported by one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging centers in the world, staffed by pioneers in the field. We are the only hospital in Northern California that offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning during operations to increase the accuracy of surgery, and we are one of only a few centers in California offering noninvasive treatment with the CyberKnife and Gamma Knife.

UCSF also offer a technique called brain mapping to create a detailed surgical path when operating on brain tumors.

About the Pediatric Brain Center

The neurosurgery program is part of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, which brings together doctors from all disciplines related to brain health in children. We are passionate about collaborating with each other, our patients and their families to provide the best possible care for each child.

Our experts are world-class pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurogenetics, neuro-oncology, rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychology and psychiatry. By working as a team we are able to reach the right diagnosis and treatment quickly, getting our patients on the road to recovery and bringing peace of mind to parents.

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Getting Here

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What to Bring

  • List of current medications
  • Copies of previous evaluations
  • MRIs, CTs or any other testing
  • Completed medical forms that we will mail to you ahead of time
  • Insurance card


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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Clinic Team

Kurtis Auguste
Dr. Kurtis Auguste,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Mitchel Berger
Dr. Mitchel Berger,
Nalin Gupta
Dr. Nalin Gupta,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Corey Raffel
Dr. Corey Raffel,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Ronald Shallat
Dr. Ronald Shallat,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Caroline Pearson
Caroline Pearson,
pediatric nurse practitioner
Amanda Valceschini
Amanda Valceschini,
social worker

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