Winter 2012


In a heartfelt goodbye to her colleagues at UCSF and in the community, former Surgeon in Chief Diana Farmer, M.D., recounts 25 years of remarkable advances in the care of children.

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New Clinic Highlights Advances in Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

A dedicated, expert team at UCSF partners with patients, families and primary care providers to optimize treatment advances for type 1 diabetes that offer patients improved quality of life.

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Advances in Pediatric Radiology Put Children and Families at Ease

A new generation of pediatric radiologists, imaging technology and techniques is enabling more child-focused imaging that can reduce radiation exposure while better detecting and monitoring disease.

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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Recurrent Sialadenitis

Doctors at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are among the few in the country using sialendoscopy – a minimally invasive treatment using a tiny endoscope to effectively diagnose and treat the rare, recurrent inflammation and infection of the salivary glands known as juvenile recurrent sialadenitis.

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Child and Adolescent Gender Center Highlights Growing Need

As increasing numbers of young people who identify as transgender seek pubertal suppression or hormonal transition, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has created a comprehensive center and clinic that offer medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy, support and legal services for a widely misunderstood condition.

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UCSF-Inspired SCID Legislation Emphasizes Need for Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment

In 2011, the California Legislature passed a bill to make the current pilot screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) permanent for all California newborns. UCSF immunologist Jennifer Puck, M.D., played a prominent role in the development and implementation of statewide SCID screening, which she hopes will save the lives of 20 or more California newborns each year.

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Continuing Medical Education

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses in pediatrics.

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Physician Liaison Service

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

The Physician Liaison Service offers a communication link and referral coordination for referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. Liaison can assist with the referral process or provide information about programs and services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospita.

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Access Center

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

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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