Summer 2008

Perspective from Children's Hospital Leaders

Sam Hawgood, M.B. B.S.

These are exciting times for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Plans are in full swing for the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay and we are truly inspired by the support and enthusiasm the project has generated thus far. You are an essential partner in this endeavor and your input is invaluable as we create an innovative facility for children and families from throughout Northern California.

In addition, our program with ValleyCare Health System commenced in January with six of our pediatric hospitalists and two of our neonatologists providing services at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton. Offering the best of what community-based and academic practitioners offer, the venture represents our most comprehensive and ambitious affiliation with a community hospital. This relationship will expand to include the establishment of a UCSF-staffed multispecialty pediatric clinic at ValleyCare this summer.

Diana Farmer, M.D.

Our talented UCSF physicians and scientists continue to set the stage for the development of breakthrough therapies and preventive approaches. Improving neurodevelopment outcomes in cardiac patients is the passion of Patrick McQuillen, M.D. Pediatric surgeon Michael Harrison, M.D., best known as the father of fetal surgery, is currently conducting a trial to test the effectiveness of using magnets to slowly correct the deformity pectus excavatum. Harrison is also investigating the use of magnets to correct other deformities and sees many uses for them in the future of medicine.

We look forward to working together to create a future for children that is guided by continual collaboration, discovery and innovation.

Sam Hawgood, M.B. B.S.
Physician in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Surgeon in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Related Information

News Releases

UCSF M.D. Wins Award for Infant Lung Treatment
John A. Clements, M.D., a professor of pediatrics emeritus at UCSF, has won the 2008 Pollin Prize for his contributions to the understanding of how lungs hold air and the development of a lifesaving treatment for respiratory distress syndrome in infants.

Research Provides Insight into
Brain Development

Research led by Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, M.D., Ph.D. — chief of pediatric Medical Genetics and a researcher in the Institute for Human Genetics at UCSF — may shed light on a rare pediatric disorder known as lissencephaly, or "smooth brain" disease.