Why choose UCSF?
Home of internationally renowned pediatric specialists, UCSF became the birthplace of fetal surgery when the first successful open procedure on a child in the womb took place in 1981. Our providers perform more than 90 heart surgeries on newborns per year.
As a world leader in diagnosing and treating birth defects before delivery, we offer unique advantages for referring doctors and their patients. These include:
- Ongoing communication with referring providers on care planning, test results, procedure updates and discharge planning, with direct access to UCSF's electronic medical record system
- A staff dedicated to working with and educating families to optimize their infants' feeding, growth, development and comfort
- Locations throughout the Bay Area, facilitating access to care close to home
- The Single Ventricle Home Monitoring Program, which allows parents of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome to track their child's health at home between critical surgeries
- The Pediatric Healthy Hearts and Minds Program, which helps identify and address developmental and neurological issues in babies with CHDs throughout childhood and adolescence
- Access to clinical trials (studies of promising new treatments) related to neonatal CHDs
- Care informed by our doctors' involvement in pioneering research on fetal interventions, fetal echocardiography, genetic factors in neonatal CHDs, neurodevelopmental effects of CHDs and other relevant areas
Research and education
In addition to providing tailored treatment for babies born with complex heart conditions, our Neonatal Cardiovascular Center of Excellence strives to improve care of these vulnerable patients through research and education. Our grant-funding program supports studies that will expand our knowledge of how to meet the needs of newborns with CHDs. We also have a fellowship training program for doctors specializing in neonatal cardiovascular care.
Support our work
Our Neonatal Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is funded through a generous gift from Georges Harik and Christine Hahn. If you'd like to support the crucial work of caring for babies with complex heart conditions and their families, please visit our donation page.