Summer 2012


Dr. Donna Ferriero

Dr. Donna Ferriero

This issue of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital News highlights how our unparalleled history — we were the first and, for many years, the only medical center in Northern California to deliver comprehensive pediatric subspecialty care &mdash: continues to drive innovation and revitalize our mission.

First, I am proud to introduce our new surgeon in chief, Hanmin Lee, M.D. As director of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center, an expert in many pediatric surgeries and principal investigator on surgical clinical trials, Dr. Lee is the perfect choice to honor the legacy of his predecessor, Diana Farmer, M.D. We respect and value his energetic vision and leadership.

The cover story on our Pediatric Brain Center and the companion piece on our Autism Neurogenetics Clinic illustrate our tradition of innovative care for children's brains. These unique programs expand what's possible for patients when interdisciplinary physician scientists have the latest research findings at their fingertips.

Another story showcases our Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, which has one of the largest volumes and finest reputations in North America. Our BMT physicians are now successfully adapting transplant regimens to individual patient needs, improving both survival rates and quality of life.

Other stories depict how our urological surgeons expertly synthesize their clinical research and clinical volumes to help young males born with hypospadias go on to lead normal, fully functional adult lives, and how at our Visual Center for the Child, expert ophthalmologists diagnose and treat disorders that threaten children's eyesight in a unique facility tailored to the needs of children and families.

These stories exemplify how we continue to serve the needs of the patients we share with you. We are committed to building on this proud tradition.

Donna Ferriero, M.D.
Physician in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital


About Dr. Hanmin Lee

Dr. Hanmin Lee

Dr. Hanmin Lee

Surgeon in Chief Hanmin Lee, M.D., is a pediatric surgeon and director of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery, fetal and neonatal surgery, bile disorders in infants and children and the treatment of life-threatening congenital anomalies.

He also is a professor of surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN and reproductive health at UCSF, and principal investigator on three NIH-funded multicenter trials investigating novel pediatric and fetal interventions, as well as co-investigator on several others.

Lee earned a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, completed clinical training in pediatric surgery at Emory University and earned a postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


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UCSF Joins Consortium to Test Pediatric Cancer Drugs
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Mission Bay Reaches Fundraising Milestone
The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay achieved a major milestone, surpassing the $400 million mark in philanthropic gifts. This brings the campaign more than two-thirds of the way to its $600 million goal.