Gastroenterology & Liver Practice
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The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Liver Practice at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital offers diagnosis and treatment to infants, children and teens with a wide range of digestive, nutritional and liver disorders, from the most common to the most rare and complex. In addition to doctors with a broad range of expertise, our team includes nurse specialists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, therapists, pain management specialists and others with special training in treating children and teens.

At UCSF, ongoing research studies are advancing knowledge of pediatric gastrointestinal, liver and nutrition disorders. UCSF scientists and doctors collaborate to bring new and innovative treatments to our patients as quickly as possible.

UCSF is ranked among the best pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Conditions Treated

We treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • Biliary disorders
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diarrheal disorders
  • Eosinophilic disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding problems
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hepatitis
  • Immunological defects
  • Impedence monitoring
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal failure requiring chronic total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or transplant
  • Liver failure requiring liver transplant
  • Malabsorption disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Motility disorders
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Gastroenterology and Liver
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2813
Fax: (415) 476-1343

Hours: Monday
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday
1 – 5 p.m.

Additional Locations
San Mateo
Santa Rosa

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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Download a Mission Bay campus map

Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

More Information

(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
SFMTA website

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

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Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

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Our Team

James Bayrer
James Bayrer, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Hassan Hamandi
Hassan Hamandi, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Melvin Heyman
Melvin Heyman, MD, MPH
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Marjorie McCracken
Marjorie McCracken, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Emily R. Perito
Emily R. Perito, MD, MAS
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver and pancreas specialist
Sue Rhee
Sue Rhee, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver specialist
Philip Rosenthal
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Pediatric hepatologist
Walter E. B. Sipe
Walter E. B. Sipe, MD
Sara Kathryn Smith
Sara Kathryn Smith, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist
Patrika M. Tsai
Patrika M. Tsai, MD, MPH
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Sofia Verstraete
Sofia Verstraete, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Yvette Wild
Yvette Wild, MD, MPH, MAS
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Laura Cooke
Laura Cooke, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Lisa Gallagher
Lisa Gallagher, NP
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Maura Howe
Maura Howe, PNP, MSN, MPH
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Michelle Klosterman
Michelle Klosterman, PNP, RD, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Allyn Boone
Allyn Boone, RD
Megan Murphy
Megan Murphy, RD
Sara Isaacs
Sara Isaacs, LCSW
Social worker
Sonia Makol
Sonia Makol, LCSW, MSW
Social worker