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Michelle Wright


Social worker

Michelle Wright is a social worker who works with children and teens with blood diseases. She takes an interactive approach, assisting patients and their families as they cope with the emotions and stress associated with acute and chronic illnesses. Her goal is to provide psychosocial and therapeutic support that allows individuals and families to gain a sense of control over their circumstances.

Wright may work with a patient with a chronic illness from birth through age 21. She may also see other patients for short-term therapeutic support while they're looking for a permanent therapist. She helps connect her patients with local mental health resources and works directly with a patient's school as a school-to-hospital liaison to solve school-related concerns.

Wright has more than 20 years of experience in social work. For several years before joining UCSF in 2013, she worked in New York with youths in foster care and as a therapist for teenagers with complex mental health needs. She is trained in trauma-informed care (an approach that enhances safety and healing by recognizing the ongoing effects of past traumatic events) and multiple other therapy practices.

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    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.

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