Retinoblastoma Program
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The UCSF Retinoblastoma Program is a specialized eye clinic that provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with retinoblastoma, a cancerous tumor of the retina. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts from many different fields of medicine who work closely together to deliver the most effective and compassionate care. Adults with eye cancer are treated in the Ocular Oncology Clinic.

Please note: If your child is scheduled to undergo an eye exam under anesthesia, this will take place at UCSF's Mission Bay campus at 1975 Fourth St. Eye exams not performed under anesthesia will take place at UCSF's Parnassus Heights campus. You will be given instructions and directions before the exam.

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Our Team

Members of the UCSF Retinoblastoma Program include:

Ocular Oncologist, Attending Physician: An ophthalmology doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye cancers. Our program has two highly qualified ocular oncologists who are experienced in treating retinoblastoma, Dr. Bertil Damato and Dr. Armin Afshar.

Ocular Oncology Fellow: An ophthalmology doctor who has completed a residency program and is undergoing additional training in the treatment of eye cancer. The UCSF ocular oncology fellowship is a year-long academic program; our current fellow is Dr. Joyce Meza.

Registered Nurse: Our nurse works closely with the physicians to coordinate medical appointments and provide education to patients and families about the diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of retinoblastoma. Families can contact the nurse with any questions about the treatment plan. Our nurse coordinator is Morgan Crow.

Social Worker: A social worker is available to all our patients and families to provide support throughout the course of the medical treatment. Our social worker can help with coping techniques, navigating the hospital environment and connecting to resources within the hospital or the patient's community. The Retinoblastoma Program social worker is Stephanie Petruzzi.

Ultrasonographer: A medical professional who uses special equipment to take internal pictures of the eye. Our ultrasonographer is present in the operating room to assist the medical team in the diagnosis and treatment of retinoblastoma. The Retinoblastoma Program ultrasonographer is Kelly Babic.

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Getting Here

Pediatric Retinoblastoma Program
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
1975 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-6918
Fax: (415) 514-5711

Hours: Tuesdays

What to Bring

  • All medical records relevant to your child's condition from the referring physician, if available. This includes diagnostic imaging like CT scans, MRI, radiograph, etc.
  • Glasses if your child wears them
  • List of all medications and prescriptions
  • Appointment information: the doctor's name and the appointment location and time
  • Insurance card
  • Primary care physician's name, address and telephone number
  • Referring physician's name, address and telephone number
  • Co-payment if required by insurance

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

More Information

Download a Mission Bay campus map

Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

More Information

(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.

More Information

Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

Make a Donation

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the UCSF retinoblastoma community, please click on the "Ways to Give" link to the right, or visit give.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org. As you complete the form, please identify the Retinoblastoma Program as the recipient. You can specify if you would like your gift to support research or patient and family support services. Gift card donations are also greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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Our Team

Armin Afshar
Armin Afshar, MD, MBA
Vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular oncologist
Nicola Cadenas
Nicola Cadenas, LCGC, MS
Genetic counselor
Margaret Dehen
Leanne Parsons
Jessica Peck
Jessica Peck, MSW
Social worker