Views from Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S., physician in chief at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and Diana Farmer, M.D., surgeon in chief at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Inside is an online consultation service launched at UCSF this year to provide pregnant woman access to UCSF physicians, who have more experience in treating fetal defects than any group in the world.
In January, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital will launch a program with the ValleyCare Health System to offer more advanced services for women and children in the fast-growing Tri-Valley region of the East Bay. The goals of the three-phase plan are to expand regional access to high-quality perinatal and pediatric care and to broaden the availability of specialty services.
Successfully treating brain tumors in children requires collaboration among many specialties, a combination of diagnostic work, surgical skill and radiological imaging and treatment that is available at UCSF.
Thanks to great strides in pediatric oncology research, the rate of survivorship for children with cancer is rising. There are roughly 250,000 long-term survivors living in the United States today, with more than 30,000 in California. To address the needs of this growing population, UCSF opened the Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program, which has clinical, research and educational components.
Fifteen-year-old boy RA presented to a community hospital emergency room with a hemorrhage into a ventricle of the brain. Upon evaluation, imaging studies showed an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) deep in the brain.
UCSF is moving rapidly to become the first hospital in the United States to create a system that allows myriad groups easy access to medical data gathered in the neonatal intensive care unit. The system will give parents a way to get information about their baby and participate in their care from afar, as well as serve as source for researchers trying to improve clinical care.
For the fifth consecutive year, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is the beneficiary of a fundraising effort centered around the Macy's holiday tree lighting ceremony in San Francisco's Union Square. This year, Oakland A's player Nick Swisher is the honorary chair of the fundraising campaign.
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