Spring 2013

Perspective: Clinical Integration

Physician in Chief Donna Ferriero and Surgeon in Chief Hanmin Lee discuss the ways in which increasingly close coordination among UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and referring physicians throughout California is enhancing patient care.

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Hope for Children with End-Stage Heart and Lung Disease

New ventricular assist devices, refined therapies, cross-functional teams and novel treatments — along with the arrival at the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center of two cardiothoracic surgeons with extensive experience — are offering children throughout the western United States exciting new options for improved quality of life.

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Case Study: Transcatheter Pulmonary Implant for Congenital Heart Defects

In a procedure pioneered at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, a teenage boy receives a Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve implant to replace a failing, decade-old implant for tetralogy of Fallot absent pulmonary valve syndrome.

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Deepening Commitment to Partner with Local Communities

With the arrival of Gordon Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., as chief of strategic program development and outreach, UCSF is deepening its commitment to bringing specialty services to pediatric patients who might otherwise have to do without.

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Technology Improves Clinical Collaboration and Patient Care

Arup Roy-Burman, M.D., director of Pediatric Transport, Access and Outreach at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, explores ways to use technology and "the social enterprise" to foster more collaboration within medical teams – including referring physicians – and continuously improve communication processes that advance patient care.

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New Pediatric ED Opening Soon

A full-service Pediatric Emergency Department, designed specifically for the unique needs of pediatric patients, is scheduled to open this spring at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to care for infants, children and adolescents with serious illnesses or injuries. Staffed by physicians who are board certified in pediatrics and emergency medicine, and with pediatric subspecialists on call, the new Emergency Department strengthens our commitment to meeting the specialized needs of young patients and their families.

$1.7 Million Grant Funds Cancer Research

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, a national leader in childhood cancer research, has received a $1.75 million grant and a Center of Excellence designation from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The grant enables us to enhance our research on the molecular pathogenesis of childhood cancers and translate the findings into clinical trials for new therapies designed to treat children and young adults with advanced cancer.

Continuing Medical Education

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses in pediatrics.

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Brown & Toland Members

Brown & Toland medical group members, seeking pediatric specialty and obstetrical care, may see a UCSF specialist without prior authorization from their primary care providers. Referrals to all other UCSF specialists do require prior authorization. For information about pediatric primary care at UCSF, see our website.

Children's Access Center

Our Access Center staff is available 24 hours daily to ensure that you receive fast and efficient access to all of our services, including safe, expedience interfacility transport of your patients to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Call (877) 822-4453 [UC-CHILD] for consultation on a difficult diagnosis, to refer a patient to one of our specialty practices or to admit or transfer a patient.

Phone: (877) 822–4453 [UC–CHILD]

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Physician Liaison Service

Physician liaisons visit referring physicians and practice representatives throughout Northern California and Nevada to learn about your referral needs and to provide information about the services and expertise available at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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

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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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