Child and Adolescent Headache Program
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The UCSF Child and Adolescent Headache Program is the first one of its kind on the West Coast, providing comprehensive clinic and hospital care to relieve the most debilitating headaches. In addition, the program conducts research, exploring the basic mechanisms of headache and how existing and new treatments might provide relief.

Our specialists work closely with you and your child's primary care doctor to develop a long-term, effective treatment plan. When appropriate, we also work with experts in neurosurgery; otolaryngology; ophthalmology; and those at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which combines conventional and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, herbs, massage and meditation for treating headaches.

Visiting the Clinic

At the first visit, a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches will obtain a detailed history, perform a careful examination, assess the cause of your child's headaches and offer treatment options. Because UCSF is an internationally known training center, your child may see physicians in specialty training under the supervision of one of our faculty. Some families also meet with our pain psychologist.

At later visits, the doctor will continue to treat and monitor your child's condition, as well as coordinate care with your child's primary care provider.

Getting Here

Child and Adolescent Headache Program
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., 5th Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 502-1914
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information, including authorizations and referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications you're allergic to
  • Filled-out new patient headache forms for first appointment
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • List of questions you may have
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Research and Clinical Trials


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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Download a Mission Bay campus map

Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
SFMTA website

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

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Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

Online Second Opinion

Get a Second Opinion

This clinic offers an online second opinion service. This service gives families across the U.S. and abroad access to leading pediatric specialists at UCSF. If you are facing a complex medical issue or difficult treatment decision for your child, having a second opinion from a world-class academic medical center can provide valuable guidance and peace of mind. Because everything is done remotely, there is no need to travel to San Francisco.

Learn more about the online second opinion program.

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Our Team

Amy Gelfand
Amy Gelfand, MD
Pediatric neurologist and headache specialist
Samantha Irwin
Samantha Irwin, MB BCh, MS, FRCPC
Pediatric neurologist and headache specialist
Alexandra Ross
Alexandra Ross, PhD
Pediatric psychologist
Amanda Wagstaff
Amanda Wagstaff, PhD
Pediatric psychologist
Maggie Waung