Neurosurgery Program

UCSF's Pediatric Neurosurgery Program provides expert evaluation and surgical care for infants, children and teens with brain or spinal cord disorders. Our group performs hundreds of surgeries each year.

Recognizing the complexities of these conditions, we take a team approach to each child's treatment. Our neurosurgeons work closely with pediatric and neonatal critical care doctors, specially trained nurses and pediatric anesthesiologists. In some cases, we also collaborate with other specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons or physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, to ensure the best outcome for each patient.

Our facilities were designed for kids, with special equipment to suit the small bodies of infants and children. We use state-of-the-art surgical technologies and techniques to make procedures safer and more precise. These include intraoperative MRI scanning, advanced "neuronavigation" software and brain mapping. Our equipment allows us to perform minimally invasive procedures, when possible. We also offer painless targeted radiation therapy using the CyberKnife and Gamma Knife.

Our department is home to several research labs that study the underlying causes of pediatric brain tumors, epilepsy and movement disorders, as well as potential new treatments for them. Interested families may have the option to join a clinical trial, a study of a promising therapy using human volunteers.

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    Awards & recognition

    • us news ranked in 10 specialites badge 2020-2021

      Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in neurology & neurosurgery

    • in NIH funding among U.S. neurology programs

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    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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    Your Stay

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    Your Child's Care Team

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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