Summer 2013


In our last issue, we expressed our belief that enhanced clinical integration can be a boon for patient care. By working together in close-knit, interdisciplinary teams and ensuring strong lines of communication with families and referring physicians, we optimize the care and the experience of our patients. The stories in this issue reinforce this concept.

Dr. Donna Ferriero

Dr. Donna Ferriero

Our lead story and the accompanying case study highlight the achievements of our Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. The interdisciplinary, expert team includes transplant surgeons, pediatric transplant hepatologists, a transplant nurse practitioner, dietitians, social workers and child life specialists, who work together with families and referring physicians to deliver exemplary preoperative and surgical care, as well as expert follow-up care that helps restore the quality of these children’s lives.

Dr. Hanmin Lee

Dr. Hanmin Lee

Our other three stories speak to other collaborations that result in outstanding patient outcomes:

  • A piece on our interdisciplinary craniofacial clinic, where techniques like distraction osteogenesis and extraordinary follow-up care improve the lives of children born with congenital defects
  • A profile of our new pediatric emergency department, which emphasizes child-friendly care and facilitates close collaboration among patients, families and referring physicians
  • A description of our Bay Area Concussion and Brain Injury Program at Mission Bay, which provides a unique service to student athletes and their families at a time when concerns about head injury are at an all-time high

Team care characterized by attentive communication is health care’s future. We’re glad to be on this journey with you.

Donna Ferriero, MD

Physician in Chief

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Hanmin Lee, MD

Surgeon in Chief

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital


Summer 2013 Table of Contents

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