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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' Pediatric Surgery department provides a full range of surgical services for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. We're internationally known for our skill and expertise in the most complex and difficult types of operations performed on children, such as the removal of brain tumors or the repair of heart birth defects. Our surgeons are also leaders in the field of minimally invasive surgical procedures, having developed many of the technologies and techniques currently used to reduce pain, recovery time and scarring from an operation.

Whether it's an inpatient or an outpatient procedure, everyone on your child's surgical team will be specialists trained and experienced in working with children. That pediatric focus, experience and expertise means we always provide the highest level of care – and comfort – for every condition.

Why families choose us

Innovative inpatient and outpatient surgery options

  • Our programs are designed to minimize the stress and discomfort of surgery while providing the highest level of pediatric surgical expertise available.
  • We're constantly working toward improving strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

A supportive team approach

  • The surgical team at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals works with pediatricians, family physicians, child life specialists, and nurses to take a team approach to your child's good health and recovery.
  • Intensive care specialists and anesthesiologists support the program to provide the best care possible for our surgical patients. Everyone is trained to work specifically for and with kids – making sure their comfort is the most important thing.

Your child’s comfort is a priority

  • Pediatric anesthesiologists and child life specialists are always onsite to help allay your fears and ensure your child receives the highest level of care possible.
  • Whether it's diagnostic procedures or surgery, our team's goal is to provide healthcare for your child and family that will be another positive experience in your child's development and emotional growth. Parents are always encouraged to ask questions about their child's care.

Our services (5)

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General Surgery Clinic

General Surgery Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Brentwood / Fremont / San Ramon / Walnut Creek

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Pre-Surgery Clinic

Pre-Surgery Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Fetal Treatment Center

Fetal Treatment Center

San Francisco / Oakland

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Kidney Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Program

San Francisco / Fresno / Modesto / Monterey / Santa Rosa


Liver Transplant Program

Liver Transplant Program

San Francisco / Oakland / Brentwood / Greenbrae / Santa Rosa

Awards & recognition

  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


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.

Soothing the soul

Our music therapy program nurtures patients with bedside serenades, rap workshops and more.

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