Cardiovascular Genetics Center
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A new understanding of the inherited basis of heart disease has developed over the past ten years. Investigators at the Cardiovascular Genetics Center have been at the forefront of these discoveries, and have identified many of the genes that cause heart and blood vessel disease. In addition, genetic syndromes have been recognized that have heart and blood vessel involvement. Our pediatric specialists in non-invasive and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and genetics are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, and work together to coordinate care for patients and families affected by these syndromes.

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Conditions Treated

The following genetic heart conditions are treated the Cardiovascular Genetics Center:

  • Cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome
  • Costello syndrome
  • DiGeorge syndrome (22q11 deletion)
  • Downs syndrome (trisomy 21)
  • LEOPARD syndrome
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Noonan Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Cardiovascular Genetics Center
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2008
Fax: (415) 353-4144

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • 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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Our Team

Robert Nussbaum
Dr. Robert Nussbaum,
medical geneticist
Akash Patel
Dr. Akash Patel,
pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist
Shabnam Peyvandi
Dr. Shabnam Peyvandi,
pediatric cardiologist
Ronn Tanel
Dr. Ronn Tanel,
pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist
Katherine Peters
Katherine Peters,
nurse coordinator