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Medical Genetics

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' Pediatric Medical Genetics Program provides inpatient and outpatient consultations, counseling and care to children with rare, complex genetic disorders. Since genetic disorders often affect more than one member of a family, our care extends to the entire family.

Genetic disorders can be complicated and treatment may call for the expertise of multiple specialists, so our genetics experts work closely with physicians in other fields such as cancer medicine, neurology and cardiology to provide your child with the highest level of comprehensive care.

In addition to caring for patients, we are also actively involved in research aimed at better understanding of genetic disease and development of new therapies. We collaborate with the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics on projects involving molecular and cellular biological studies of genetic disease, gene discovery, genetic epidemiology and clinical research.

Our services (6)


Biochemical Genetic Medicine Clinic

Biochemical Genetic Medicine Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program

Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program

San Francisco


Lysosomal Storage Disease Center

Lysosomal Storage Disease Center

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Medical Genetics & Genomics Clinic

Medical Genetics & Genomics Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland

Pediatric Hereditary Cancer Clinic

Pediatric Hereditary Cancer Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic

Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic

1825 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Family Amenities

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 Services

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

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

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.


School Program

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

We help kids return to school after hospitalization 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

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


International Services

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.

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