Surgery Clinic

The pediatric surgeons at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital are internationally recognized leaders in the fields of pediatric surgical cancer, minimally invasive surgery and birth defects. Children from throughout the United States and from other countries have been brought to San Francisco to take advantage of our special expertise. UCSF has also pioneered work in treating severe birth defects in children before they are born, developing procedures that have resulted in healthy newborns and mothers.

Many modern surgical techniques and modern technologies — developed by UCSF physicians — allow many procedures to be performed with miniature instruments and tiny scopes or video cameras that are inserted through small incisions in the body. The surgeon can make repairs by watching a monitor and moving the instruments. The advantages of this method are numerous. There is less pain, faster recovery and minimized scarring. For many patients, these minimally invasive procedures minimize some of the risks associated with open surgeries. Hospital stays are also shorter than ever before.

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Chest Wall Deformity Clinic

The Chest Wall Deformity clinic specializes in pectus excavatum, the most common chest wall deformity in children. Pectus excavatum occurs more frequently in boys than in girls and results from abnormal growth of the cartilage - the soft, flexible tissue attached to the sternum or breastbone — causing the chest wall to curve inward. Pectus excavatum often is apparent at birth but typically becomes more severe over time. In most children, this deformity poses no health risk and surgical repair is done primarily for cosmetic reasons.

Hernia Surgery Clinic

Our hernia surgery clinic is a leader in the minimally invasive repair of inguinal hernias. Children, especially babies, present special challenges in surgery because their small size and their responses to illness and surgery. Our pediatric surgeons provide consultation and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient surgical care specifically designed for infants and children.

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Request an Appointment

Appointment form is on UCSF Department of Surgery website.

Getting Here

Pediatric Surgery Clinic
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-2538
Fax: (415) 476-2929

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information
  • List of prescription medications and dosage, over-the-counter drugs and drug allergies
  • Paper and pencil to take notes
  • Any pertinent radiology studies or reports (films or on CD).

What to Expect

    Your child will have a surgical consultation with members of our team. In designing a management and treatment plan for your child, we may also refer you to other specialists, if necessary.

    Before your child's scheduled surgery, your doctor will make an appointment for you with the Prepare Clinic, our anesthesia and surgical evaluation program. The Prepare Clinic is designed to make sure your child is ready for surgery and to provide tests and blood work. The appointment includes hospital registration and financial counseling.

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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

Aaron Jensen
Aaron Jensen, MD, MS, FACS
Pediatric and trauma surgeon
Hanmin Lee
Hanmin Lee, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
Tippi Mackenzie
Tippi Mackenzie, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
Lan Vu
Lan Vu, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
Silvia Bellfort-Salinas
Maura O'Day
Maura O'Day, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner