Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center

The UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center is the only center in the country offering comprehensive care by the world's leading experts in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Cerebrovascular disease includes a large group of conditions in which the arteries in the brain, or those connected to the brain, are defective. These conditions are rare in children and generally not considered childhood ailments. But surprisingly, about 4,000 children in the United States have a stroke every year. Their treatment often requires the expertise of several specialists as well as advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches. Our team is capable of treating the most challenging and complex conditions.

UCSF — ranked the best hospital in the West in neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report — offers a team approach, bringing together experts in neurology, neurosurgery, hematology and diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. The team includes a pediatric neurologist who is one of the few experts in the country with special training in childhood stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Complex cases are presented to the pediatric neurovascular team to recommend each patient's treatment plan.

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Our Services

We offer the following comprehensive services:

  • Comprehensive Evaluations — A pediatric neurologist, one of the few in the country with special training in pediatric cerebrovascular disease and stroke, provides new patients with an initial evaluation and coordinates diagnostic work-ups. Pediatric blood disorder specialists with expertise in thrombosis — or clotting that obstructs the flow of blood — evaluate children suspected of having an increased tendency to clot.

  • Advanced Diagnostic Tests — We offer the most advanced tests to diagnose conditions, including advanced neuro-imagining tests, with particular expertise in pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography in children. Pediatric anesthesiologists perform the sedation needed for pediatric imagining tests, enhancing the safety of the procedure.

  • Latest Treatments — Pediatric and vascular neurosurgeons offer state-of-the-art techniques, many not available at other medical centers, for the treatment of cerebrovascular disease, such as microsurgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. UCSF interventional neuroradiology experts pioneered the endovascular treatment of pediatric vascular malformations, such as Vein of Galen malformations. We also offer endovascular treatment for a variety of pediatric cerebrovascular diseases.

Make a Donation

To make a donation online to the Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center, visit, click on "Choose a designation," and select "Pediatric Stroke Research."

About the Pediatric Brain Center

The Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center 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

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of your child's medication allergies
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


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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Key Treatments

Clinic Team

Kurtis Auguste
Dr. Kurtis Auguste,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Christopher Dowd
Dr. Christopher Dowd,
interventional neuroradiologist
Christine Fox
Dr. Christine Fox,
pediatric stroke neurologist
Heather Fullerton
Dr. Heather Fullerton,
pediatric stroke neurologist
Nalin Gupta
Dr. Nalin Gupta,
pediatric neurosurgeon
Van Halbach
Dr. Van Halbach,
interventional neuroradiologist
Randall Higashida
Dr. Randall Higashida,
interventional neuroradiologist
James Huang
Dr. James Huang,
pediatric blood disorders specialist
Michael Lawton
Dr. Michael Lawton,
vascular neurosurgeon
Patrick McQuillen
Dr. Patrick McQuillen,
pediatric critical care specialist
Shannon Lundy
Shannon Lundy,
pediatric neuropsychologist
Sara Rzasa
Sara Rzasa,
nurse coordinator

Patient Experiences