Summer 2011


The pursuit of quality care requires state-of-the-art treatments and a number of equally important skills including symptom management, patient education, joint decisionmaking and close attention to transitional care.

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Prenatal Surgery Delivers Clear Benefits for Infants with Spina Bifida

A landmark clinical trial led by Surgeon in Chief Diana Farmer, M.D., of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, found that infants who undergo prenatal surgery to repair spina bifida experience fewer neurological complications than those whose corrective surgery takes place after birth.

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Pediatric MS — Treatment of a 'Hidden' Disease

Effective treatment of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) depends on recognizing the signs, referring early and bringing together a multidisciplinary team to address the physical, mental, emotional and social effects of the disease.

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Integrated Pain and Palliative Care Program for Children

Pain and symptom management for children involves sensitive, patient-centered diagnoses as well as treatments that draw on a menu including anesthesia techniques, complementary medicine and behavioral management.

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Mending and Preventing Pediatric Injuries

Building a level of trust to properly conduct a pediatric orthopedic exam and treatment, and for the child to recognize the role he or she plays a role in healing, demands an all-too-rare combination of skills.

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Strengthening Partnerships with Primary Care Physicians

Pediatric residents at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital have created an incentive program to tighten communication between the hospital and the primary care physicians of patients.

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Ferriero Named Physician in Chief

Donna M. Ferriero, M.D., an internationally recognized pediatric neurologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician in chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital now offers prompt, specialized care for pediatric patients every day, including holidays. Available to all families, not just current patients, the clinic is equipped with the latest medical technology and is staffed by UCSF pediatricians dedicated to the treatment and healing of children.

Where:  505 Parnassus Ave.
Enter through the Emergency Department
When:  10 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily
No appointments, drop-in only
Who:  Available for all children

Mission Bay Update

With the foundation and first steel structures in place, construction of the new children's, women's and cancer hospitals at Mission Bay is underway. This is the beginning of a next-generation facility to deliver the most advanced health care to patients from local communities as well as throughout the world. To watch a live video stream of the progress, visit

Referral Liaison Service

The Referral Liaison Service offers information and referral coordination for referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. For additional help in the referral process or information about programs and services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, please visit the Referral Liaison Service section at

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

Access Center

The Access Center is the gateway for all inpatient services provided by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and the Center for Mothers and Newborns. The toll-free number — (877) UC–CHILD or (877) 822–4453 — was created to make it easier for physicians throughout the region to transport and admit patients.

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

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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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