Fall 2010


In any profession, advances often occur when leaders integrate something unexpected into established practice. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, there are myriad ways this process takes place; when successful, we save or dramatically improve people's lives. Consider the stories herein.

One story highlights the generous gift of Marc and Lynne Benioff in support of our new hospital at Mission Bay. By incorporating the input of patients and clinicians into the design, we believe the new facility will help our patients heal faster.

Another story describes our groundbreaking Neurointensive Care Nursery, where interdisciplinary clinical teams strive to improve cognitive outcomes for newborns suffering from neurological complications. Similarly, our Pediatric Brain Tumor Center saves children's lives by applying translational research that pushes the boundaries of what can be done for once untreatable tumors. Yet another piece describes how interdisciplinary teams at the Craniofacial Center ease the lives of children with cleft lips and palates, through both excellent care and advocacy.

Finally, staff members discuss their volunteer efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, where they administered care in conditions that are the polar opposite of our future Mission Bay home. Pairing such experiences with the unique resources here — including all of you, our colleagues throughout the Bay Area — helps us break new ground in ways we could never have expected. We hope you will continue to help us in these efforts.

Donna Ferriero, M.D.      Diana Farmer, M.D.
Donna Ferriero, M.D.
Interim Physician in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
     Diana Farmer, M.D.
Surgeon in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital


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