At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, children and their families find compassionate care that is consistently ranked among the best in the nation.


Donna Ferriero, MD

Every child receives care from a team of experts in children’s health. Clinical care is provided by more than 150 physician-experts across 40 medical specialties, as well as dedicated nurses, pharmacists, social workers and others — all with specialized training and experience in the care of children.

Patients treated at the hospital’s affiliated clinics throughout Northern California benefit from the same compassionate, research-driven approach.

“In childhood health, our team care incorporates cutting-edge, clinical expertise across multiple specialties, and it is our standard procedure for disorders ranging from obesity, asthma and diabetes to cancer, epilepsy, congenital heart disease and everything in between,” says Donna Ferriero, MD, interim chair of the UCSF Department of Pediatrics and vice dean of the UCSF School of Medicine.

The team approach centers on:

A young patient works with a physical therapist.

  • a powerful grounding in basic science and clinical research, clinical care and translational medicine
  • the most advanced treatments and medical technology
  • a caring, partner-oriented approach to working with patients and families

This same team collaboration and focus will distinguish care at the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, due to open at UCSF Mission Bay in 2014. This remarkable, state-of-the-art facility will be part of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, an integrated hospital complex that also will include specialty hospitals for women and cancer patients.

Among the many advantages of this new center: Mothers of at-risk infants will deliver their children adjacent to the Intensive Care Nursery, and specialists in childhood cancer will work side by side with the world’s leading adult cancer specialists.

“In addition, top researchers will be attracted to working in a new children’s center located at the helm of the biosciences community,” says Diana Farmer, MD, surgeon in chief at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “The synergy with the scientific campus — the neurological institute, developmental biology center and cancer research at Mission Bay — will foster shared, collaborative solutions that will bring the latest scientific advances to bear on disease prevention and treatment.”