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About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Children's Hospital Oakland began in 1912 as The Baby Hospital with 30-beds. Today it is a 191-bed, nationally recognized pediatric tertiary care center, and research institute. All the major pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties are available at Children's.

Facilities include:

  • 44-bed Neonatology unit
  • 23-bed Critical Care unit
  • 18-bed Pediatric Rehabilitation unit
  • 26-bed Hematology/Oncology unit including the 12-bed immuno-compromised unit for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Oncology patients

Today, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital serves as a major regional tertiary referral and diagnostic center for Northern California. It's also the major provider of primary care for an increasing number of children living in its immediate service area. No child in the region is turned away for lack of funds.

Our outpatient services include primary care clinics and more than 30 outpatient specialty clinics, including specialty care locations in many outlying communities.

Children's admits more than 10,000 patients a year from Northern California and beyond, while also handling more than 200,000 outpatient visits a year. Children's Hospital has the only pediatric emergency room and pediatric trauma center in Northern California.

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Medical Research at CHORI

Scientific research is an important part of the work that goes on at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The research arm, known as Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute or CHORI fosters an environment of collaboration in basic and clinical research in many pediatric subspecialties. CHORI consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation among children's hospital research programs receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for basic, clinical and translational research. CHORI is housed in an 80,000 sq. ft. campus and has a yearly budget exceeding $50 million.

Two Children's scientists have received prestigious NIH MERIT Awards, and one is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute is also recognized as a leading world center for basic and clinical research in sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

Combined clinical and laboratory research programs in infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine, pediatric intensive care, neonatology, genetics, oncology and general pediatrics are examples of the bench-to-bedside concept that is a driving force at Children's.

CHORI has more than 250 researchers and support staff. Areas of research include:

  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Stem cell biology
  • Iron overload and iron metabolism
  • Molecular genetics
  • Cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis and pulmonary diseases
  • Lipid biochemistry
  • Infectious diseases
  • Vaccine development
  • Immunology
  • Diabetes
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Nutrition and bone health

CHORI sponsors regular educational research symposia at CHORI and the hospital. CHORI also hosts visiting clinicians and scientists, giving postgraduate trainees opportunities and exposures to the latest technologies and scientific discoveries.

Pediatric residents at Children's benefit greatly from the educational and research opportunities the research institute offers. Residents seeking careers in biomedical and behavioral research can spend elective time developing projects at the research institute. Attending noon research conferences and research seminars can help residents stay abreast of scientific advances throughout their residency.

The institute's desire to educate future researchers also helps Children's fellows in Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and Emergency Medicine; post-doctoral fellows in hematology, immunology and stem cell biology; medical students; and NIH-funded minority students from colleges and high schools.

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