Lipid Clinic
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The Lipid Clinic provides the full range of diagnostic and treatment services for children with cholesterol and triglyceride disorders. These conditions can lead to atherosclerosis — narrowing of the arteries — that increases a person's chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Very high levels of triglycerides can also cause pancreatitis.

The pediatric Lipid Clinic was established in 1971. The focus is on the diagnosis of genetic disorders of lipid metabolism and their management for primary prevention of heart disease, stroke, and lipid-related pancreatitis. We also see children with secondary (non-genetic) causes of lipid abnormalities. Lifestyle changes are stressed and drug treatment, if needed, is recommended.

The Lipid Clinic works with each patient to achieve normal levels of lipids through a combination of diet modification, exercise and carefully prescribed lipid lowering medications. Since our clinic's inception, we have made major contributions to diagnostic methods and treatments of lipid disorders. We are also at the forefront of clinical and basic research that aims to better understand lipid disorders and atherosclerosis, including the important discovery of a number of genes that are associated with coronary heart disease and stroke.

The Lipid Clinic is a source of training in the diagnosis and management of lipid disorders for residents and fellows in pediatrics, internal medicine, primary care and cardiology, as well as for practicing physicians.

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

Lipid Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 550
San Francisco, CA 94143-1222
Phone: (415) 353-2350
Fax: (415) 353-2337

Hours: Thursday
8:30 – 11 a.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

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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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