Summer 2013


Physician-in-Chief Donna Ferriero and Surgeon-in-Chief Hanmin Lee discuss why working together in close-knit teams from diverse disciplines, combined with maintaining strong lines of communication with families and referring physicians, optimizes patient care and the patient experience.

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Interdisciplinary Care Facilitates Successful Liver Transplants in Children

Sue Rhee, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital talks about the role that a diverse team of experts plays in evaluating the need for transplant, completing the procedure and following up to keep patients and their new livers healthy.

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Case Study: Living Donor Transplant Is a Family Affair

Two weeks before her son Aidan's 1st birthday, Angel Regacho donated part of her liver to replace Aidan's, which had been irrevocably damaged due to biliary atresia. Almost four years later, Aidan is a happy, energetic little boy, and his family is thrilled.

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Comprehensive Treatment for Complex Craniofacial Anomalies

When an infant presents with a craniofacial syndrome, initial and ongoing treatment demands early surgery — usually before the child turns 1 — but also a range of other services across an entire childhood. These could include, but are not limited to, plastic surgery, oral surgery, orthodontics, social services, speech pathology, audiology and pulmonology.

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Raising the Bar for Pediatric Emergency Care

The emergency room can be a frightening place for children, and that fear can work against efficient care and quality outcomes. The new Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital addresses this challenge by providing a child-sensitive triage process and a cheerful physical space entirely separate from adult patients, complete with toys, stuffed animals and other kid-focused amenities.

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Managing Sports Concussions as if Each Child Were a Million-Dollar Athlete

At least 1.7 million Americans seek medical help every year for concussions. Reducing the risk of lasting damage depends on the use of up-to-date, evidence-based protocols. These demand precise diagnoses and the ability to expertly manage symptoms while guiding patients through a challenging recovery period of cognitive and physical rest.

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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, expedient 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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