Child & Adolescent Gender Center
UCSF's Child and Adolescent Gender Center offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive kids. We bring together experts from within as well as outside UCSF to promote gender health and support positive outcomes for children and adolescents exploring gender identity and expression. The CAGC accepts new patients ages 3 through 17.* Patients may continue to receive care at the CAGC through age 25.
With our program housed within the UCSF Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, we are able to offer the most advanced medical care. If appropriate, treatment may include gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, medication that can safely suppress puberty by blocking production of the principal sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone. Fully reversible, this treatment gives young people time to achieve greater self-awareness of their gender identity. For other patients, if appropriate, our experts may administer gender-affirming sex hormones.
*Exceptions may be made while maintaining UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' mission and prioritizing social justice and health equity.
Our locations (4)
MD, MPH, MASEndocrinologist
Stephen M. Rosenthal
Stanley Vance Jr.
MDAdolescent medicine specialist
Andrea E. Pedersen
NP, MSNPediatric nurse practitioner
J. Jessie Rose Cohen
LCSW, MSWSocial worker
Meredith R. Russell
PNP, DNP, MSNPediatric nurse practitioner
Awards & recognition
One of the nation's best in diabetes & endocrinology
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your child's condition
- List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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Our research initiatives
UCSF Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Research