Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
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The Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), a collaboration between UCSF and community organizations, offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents. A central component of this program is the UCSF CAGC Clinic, housed in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology.

Gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents feel a strong conflict between their gender (inner sense of who they are) and their physical sex characteristics. The CAGC team believes that being transgender is a normal variation in gender identity. As of May, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association has replaced the term "gender identity disorder" with the term "gender dysphoria."

Medical treatment may include administration of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH-A). These hormones can safely suppress puberty by blocking the 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 identification. If and when appropriate, our experts may administer cross-gender sex hormones.

Our Team

Our clinic brings together experts from within and outside UCSF to provide comprehensive care and support to our patients. The team includes:

Getting Here

Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7337
Fax (Attn: Dr. Stephen Rosenthal): (415) 476-8214

Hours: Second, third and fourth Tuesday of every month, 1 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 8 a.m. - noon (telehealth visits only) and 1 - 5 p.m. (procedure visits only)
Thursday, 8 a.m. - noon

Additional Locations
San Mateo

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

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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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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)

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Our Team

Stephen M. Rosenthal
Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD
Pediatric endocrinologist
Stanley Vance
Stanley Vance, MD
Adolescent medicine specialist
Erica E. Anderson
J. Jessie Rose Cohen
Meredith Russell
Meredith Russell, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner