Pediatric Hypertension Program
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Our Pediatric Hypertension Program provides multidisciplinary evaluation and care for children with high blood pressure and is the only such program in the region. Our expert team of doctors, nurses, dieticians and social workers offers specialized services tailored to your child's unique needs.

While many people think of high blood pressure as an adult condition, children and teens can develop it as well. Uncontrolled high blood pressure in a child may slowly damage the heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. It also can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches, chest pains, stomachaches and difficulty sleeping.

The normal range for blood pressure depends on your child's sex, age and height. A diagnosis of hypertension in children requires an expert assessment to properly understand the cause of the high blood pressure and available treatments.

Our experienced team will generate a personalized plan for managing your child's high blood pressure. In addition, we take part in research studies to learn more about promising new medicines to treat high blood pressure in children. We can offer the latest medicines, if they are right for your child.

Getting Here

Pediatric Hypertension Program
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-2423
Fax: (415) 476-9976

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

What to Expect

    You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call (415) 476-2423.

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Our Team

Paul Brakeman
Paul Brakeman, MD
Pediatric nephrologist
Scott Soifer
Scott Soifer, MD
Pediatric cardiologist and critical care specialist
Elaine Ku
Elaine Ku, MD, MAS
Nephrologist
Megan Schoettler
Megan Schoettler, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner