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Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic

The Pediatric Metabolic Bone Clinic cares for children with complex bone disorders, including rare conditions. Many of our patients need to see a range of providers, so we emphasize coordinating treatments from experts in numerous disciplines.

Our team includes pediatric specialists in genetics, endocrinology, nephrology and orthopedic surgery. To ensure that each child receives the best possible care, we work closely together and consult regularly with our colleagues in pediatric musculoskeletal radiology and bone densitometry (assessment of bone thickness), staying up-to-date on individual needs and progress. As our patients reach adulthood, we help with transitioning their care to the UCSF Metabolic Bone Clinic to ensure they continue to get the treatments they need.

We work with families on a case-by-case basis, scheduling appointments with specialists as appropriate for the child's condition. When possible, we schedule in-person appointments with multiple providers on the same day to reduce the travel burden on our patients and families. You'll receive specific instructions about when and where to meet your child's provider when we schedule the appointment.

If your child needs orthopedic care for a sports injury, fracture or scoliosis, please request an appointment with the Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic.

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    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.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Awards & recognition

    • One of the nation's best in diabetes & endocrinology

    • One of the nation's best in orthopedics

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    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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    Learning never stops

    Our classroom and bedside classes help kids get credit and keep learning during treatment.

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