A wide range of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections can make babies and children sick – and worry parents. The specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Pediatric Infectious Diseases program are experts in diagnosing even the most challenging cases and devoted to providing each child with the right care. When young patients need round-the-clock treatment to ensure full recovery, our doctors provide hands-on care in the hospital's neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
Our specialists' expertise includes infections related to cancer or its treatments; those related to bone marrow or organ transplants; infections kids may pick up when traveling; and complications from surgery, such as an infected incision. We are also one of the Bay Area's premier centers providing care for HIV-positive children with tuberculosis.
Awards & recognition
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
Planning a visit?
Let me help. Click me to find directions, parking info, and more about our locations.
Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.
Saving future lives