Pediatric Brain Tumor Center
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The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital specializes in the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors. Our goal is to cure whenever possible, but always to provide the best care for each child and family in a supportive environment. Our team — including pediatric cancer specialists, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric nurse practitioners, social workers, child life specialists and a school liaison specialist — coordinates the care of each child.

Patients have access to the most advanced therapies available, neuropsychological consultation and palliative care for life-threatening conditions, when needed. We work closely with local and national organizations, support groups and community resources for children and their families.

We care for more than 50 new patients each year, many who are enrolled in clinical trials that give patients access to experimental treatments such as new forms of radiation therapy or chemotherapy. UCSF is a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and participates in clinical trials of the latest therapies.

One of our research projects involves a pioneering, new drug delivery approach for pediatric brain tumors, called convection-enhanced delivery, in which an experimental, targeted anti-tumor agent is directly injected into the tumor to try to prevent cancer from recurring.

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About the Pediatric Brain Center

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center is part of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, which brings together doctors from all disciplines related to brain health in children. We are passionate about collaborating with each other, our patients and their families to provide the best possible care for each child.

Our experts are world-class pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurogenetics, neuro-oncology, rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychology and psychiatry. By working as a team we are able to reach the right diagnosis and treatment quickly, getting our patients on the road to recovery and bringing peace of mind to parents.

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Getting Here

Pediatric Brain Tumor Center
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2986
Fax: (415) 353-2657

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Research and Clinical Trials

Parking

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 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

Ivy Aslan
Ivy Aslan, MD
Pediatric endocrinologist
Kurtis Auguste
Kurtis Auguste, MD
Pediatric neurosurgeon
Anuradha Banerjee
Anuradha Banerjee, MD
Pediatric neuro-oncologist
Mitchel Berger
Mitchel Berger, MD
Neurosurgeon
Jonathan Bixby
Jonathan Bixby, MD
Pediatric physiatrist
Steve Braunstein
Steve Braunstein, MD, PhD
Radiation oncologist
Nalin Gupta
Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD
Pediatric neurosurgeon
Mitul Kapadia
Mitul Kapadia, MD
Pediatric physiatrist
Robert Lustig
Robert Lustig, MD
Pediatric endocrinologist
Sabine Mueller
Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD
Pediatric neuro-oncologist
Theodore Nicolaides
Theodore Nicolaides, MD
Pediatric neuro-oncologist
Michael Prados
Michael Prados, MD
Neuro-oncologist
Corey Raffel
Corey Raffel, MD, PhD
Pediatric neurosurgeon
Carly Hoffman
Carly Hoffman, MS, PNP
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Shannon Lundy
Shannon Lundy, PhD
Pediatric neuropsychologist
Jami  Manning
Jami Manning, RN
Nurse case manager
Tessa Mattie
Tessa Mattie, MSW
Social worker
Shannon Raber
Shannon Raber, PNP
Pediatric nurse practitioner