Winter 2009

Perspective from Children's Hospital Leaders

One of our most important jobs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is teaming with community providers to offer a continuum of patient care that is both broad and deep.

Dramatic and unusual cases highlight our breadth of expertise. In this issue, for example, we report on the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, including a unique case in which physicians Jim Barkovich, Chris Dowd, Heather Fullerton and Nalin Gupta delivered cutting-edge, interdisciplinary services that saved an infant's life.

Similarly, Dr. Fullerton's work on predicting recurrent stroke in children and the work of our new faculty members in treating cardiac arrhythmias, diagnosing and treating epilepsy, and advancing fetal surgery all expand the range of services available to our shared patients throughout the area.

We are equally proud, however, of being a full-service children's hospital with deep expertise in treating more common conditions. In Dr. William Hoffman's Center for Craniofacial Anomalies, physicians apply advanced techniques to help hundreds of families each year to address the effects of disorders such as craniosynostosis and deformational plagiocephaly on young children.

And our extensive Child Life program offers pediatric patients and their families the type of support every family deserves when they have a sick child who requires hospitalization.

This work would not be possible without all of you, who work so closely with us to move patients in and out of specialty care. Most exciting is that our new hospital, being planned at Mission Bay, will expand our opportunities to work together.

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

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UCSF Neurointensive Care
Nursery Opens

Infants who show signs of brain damage at birth and who are at risk for cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other cognitive disorders are being treated at the first Neurointensive Care Nursery in the country.

UCSF MD Wins Ewing
Sarcoma Grant

A pediatric cancer specialist has won two-year, $80,000 Hope Street Kids research grant to study a new technique to detect circulating tumor cells in patients with Ewing sarcoma.