Spring 2010


Coordinated, collaborative care and a pioneering spirit reduce risks and improve the quality of life for those born with heart defects.

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Early Fetal Echo Improves Patient Options

Fetal echocardiography, done as early as 12 to 14 weeks into pregnancy, can now accurately identify heart structures and function — and uncover heart disease.

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Less Invasive Treatments Improve Risk Profiles

Advances in interventional catheterization are averting or mitigating the risks of cardiac surgery for fetuses, neonates and children with a variety of congenital heart conditions.

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Surgical Innovations Raise Prospects for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

More advanced technology, more innovative techniques and deep surgical experience all contribute to many children and adults with congenital heart disease living longer and better lives than they have in the past.

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Sam Hawgood Takes the Reins at UCSF School of Medicine

In September 2009, Sam Hawgood, MBBS, became dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. He is optimistic that, especially with the continued growth at Mission Bay, UCSF will stay at the leading edge of discovery and innovation.

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Mission Bay Update

More than 100 architects, engineers and contractors are now working side by side to bring the dream of a new, 289-bed UCSF Medical Center complex at Mission Bay ever closer to reality. In addition to women's and cancer hospitals, a 183-bed children's hospital will feature the city's first hospital helipad and pediatric emergency room. When the doors open in 2014, San Francisco will have a state-of-the-art children's hospital designed specifically for kids, built for sustainability, and focused on setting a world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care and translational medicine.

For more information about the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, visit MissionBayHospitals.UCSF.edu

CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Referral Liaison Service

Phone: (800) 444–2559
Fax: (415) 353–4395
Email: [email protected]

The Referral Liaison Service offers a communication link and referral coordination for referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. For additional assistance in the referral process or information about programs and services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, please visit the Referral Liaison Service section at www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/make_a_referral.

The Physician Admitting Hotline

Phone: (877) UC–CHILD or (877) 822–4453

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital has established a single phone number that now serves as the gateway for all inpatient services provided by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and the Center for Mothers and Newborns. The new toll-free number (877) UC–CHILD, was created in an effort to make it easier for physicians throughout the region to transport and admit patients to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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