Patient Care Overview

At UC San Francisco, we don’t just treat diseases, we treat individuals. We put our patients’ priorities at the center of our care, and strive to translate our cutting-edge research into therapies that improve people’s lives.

Better Care Is Our Bottom Line

UCSF is recognized globally for innovative treatments, advanced technology and pioneering research applied to patient care. Our team of physicians includes leading experts in virtually all specialties, including cancer, neurological disorders, immunological disorders and HIV/AIDS, as well as specialty services for women and children.

We pride ourselves on our individualized approach to our patients, who come to us from all over the Bay Area and the world to tackle some of the toughest health challenges. From primary care to the most complex conditions, our clinical programs cover comprehensive medical, psychiatric and dental services for adults and children.

In keeping with our people-first philosophy, UCSF was among the first to introduce hospitalists, who coordinate the care that a hospitalized patient may receive from multiple specialists. Many of our patients undergo complex treatments, and the safe and effective coordination of all elements of their care is our highest priority. It’s another example of how we recognize that when it comes to patient care, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.

Nationally Ranked, Locally Available

UCSF provides patient care at the following locations:

UCSF Medical Center: Our academic medical center for adult care consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals in the annual best hospitals survey by US News & World Report. UCSF Medical Center is a quaternary care hospital, the highest designation for facilities that can treat the most complex and specialized conditions. The medical center has three main clinical sites: Parnassus, Mount Zion and Mission Bay, and maintains numerous primary care and specialty clinics throughout San Francisco and Northern California.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals: Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland brings together leading experts in more than 50 pediatric specialties.

UCSF Dental Center: The Dental Center provides comprehensive dental services at 22 clinics, offering routine care up to the most sophisticated oral and craniofacial services. 

Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics: The clinical arm of UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute provides inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Public Health Affiliates: UCSF has partnered with two main San Francisco health institutions: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (since 1873) and San Francisco VA Medical Center (since 1968), where thousands of faculty and staff from all four UCSF schools provide patient care, conduct research and teach.

UCSF Health Affiliate Network: UCSF is actively expanding and creating a network of health care providers across Northern California in order to bring you access to high-quality, cost-effective care closer to your home. Learn more about our affiliations »