Social Services

At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital we understand that hospitalization, illness or injury can be extremely stressful. Pediatric social workers are available in every area of the hospital to help patients and their families deal with a broad range of psychological issues and stresses related to illness and maintaining health. Social workers are part of the multidisciplinary health care team working with you and your child during your visit to the hospital or clinics. We provide services that support your social and emotional needs and enhance the quality of care for you and your child. Every social worker holds a master's degree in social work (MSW) and the majority are also licensed by the state of California (LCSW).

Services

Services provided depend on the individual needs of each patient or family and may include counseling and assistance with issues such as:

  • Coping with diagnosis, illness and hospitalization
  • Impact of illness on family members
  • Parenting and care-giving concerns
  • Grief, loss or end of life issues
  • Developmental issues
  • Violence in the home or community
  • Trauma
  • School or educational concerns
  • Financial difficulties
  • Housing concerns
  • Access to community resources
  • Depression, anxiety, psychiatric concerns
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Support groups on a variety of topics

Social workers are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A pediatric social worker is also available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

To contact the UCSF Benioff Pediatric Social Work office:

1975 Fourth St., Box 4061
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 353-2655
(415) 353-2190 (fax)

Family Resource Coordinators are also available to address concrete needs such as transportation, lodging and emergency food needs. The Family Resource Coordinators are located in Room C-5441. You can reach them by calling (415) 353-2016. They are available daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 pm.

Our Team

We have more than 30 social workers for our hospital and clinics.

Pediatric Hospital Social Workers

  • Steven Baisch, LCSW, (415) 514-4072
  • Kelly Earls, LCSW, (415) 353-1865
  • Eunice Flores-Uselman, LCSW, (415) 514-4069
  • Monica Jarman, LCSW, (415) 514-4065
  • Sonia Milbank, LCSW, (415) 514-2808
  • Jason Rosenbury, LCSW, (415) 514-8091
  • Amie Rudolph, LCSW, (415) 476-4272
  • Brenna Taylor-Ford, MSW, (415) 514-2768
  • Molly Keane, LCSW, (415) 353-2612

Pediatric Specialties Social Workers

  • Xin-Hua Chen, MSW, (415) 514-2947
  • Desiree Dieste, MSW, MPH, (415) 514-2934
  • Caroline Hill, LCSW, (415) 353-2858
  • Stephanie Petruzzi, MSW, (415) 514-2949
  • Tiffany Raffino, LCSW, (925) 598-3501
  • Marta Rebelo, MSW, (415) 514-8532
  • Karina Marini-Lieben, MSW, (415) 476-1542
  • Sara Isaacs, LCSW, (415) 514-5861
  • Silvia Belfort-Salinas, MSW, (415) 353-3813

Hematology/Oncology/BMT Social Workers

Obstetrics, Fetal Treatment, Labor and Deliver and Intensive Care Nursery

  • Sharon Gee, LCSW, (415) 514-0445
  • Melissa Whippo, LCSW, (415) 514-2950
  • Monica Medeiros, MSW, (415) 514-4747
  • Maricar Tabios, LCSW, (415) 353-8877
  • Monical Ibarra-Yaquian, LCSW, (415) 353-1388
  • Elana Curry, LCSW, (415) 353-1879
  • Sharon Nomburg, LCSW, (415) 514-5515
  • Courtney Tong, LCSW, (415) 502-7845

Primary Pediatrics Clinic at Mount Zion and Adolescent Medicine

  • Anya Dubin, LCSW, (415) 885-7738
  • Paulette Jones-Wickliff, MSW, (415) 885-7742
  • Molly Koren, LCSW, (415) 353-7648

Administration

  • Rebecca Gates LCSW, chief clinical social worker, (415) 502-2188
  • Kelly Smith, office manager, (415) 353-2655

For students interested in social work training we offer internships to master's level students. Contact our office for more information.

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To contact the Social Work department, call (415) 353-2655.

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