Neonatal Gastrointestinal Intensive Care (GI-NICU)

Over 25 percent of the infants treated in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit face a gastrointestinal anomaly or surgical condition. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospita is the leading GI pediatric center in Northern California, and one of the top facilities in the United States. We've pioneered many of the treatments offered in neonatal gastroenterology and care for infants with challenging gastrointestinal conditions. We offer a full continuum of care, including prenatal diagnosis and planning, neonatal monitoring, and the transition to long-term, follow-up treatment.

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Why Families Choose Us

Northern California’s Leading Gastrointestinal NICU Facilities

  • Newborn infants with congenital anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract make up one of the largest patient demographics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
  • Because we're the East Bay’s primary neonatal GI treatment center, patients are transported here from referring hospitals throughout Northern California. Our Critical Care Transport Team is highly skilled and experienced. Transport services from referring hospitals are available 24/7 via specially staffed and equipped vehicles.

Expert Pediatric Specialists

  • The Gastroenterology Department includes a multidisciplinary team of neonatologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, nutritionists, and radiologists.
  • Lactation specialists and social workers are also on staff to help provide support.
  • Recognized for their expertise in the field of infant gastrointestinal disorders and research, members of our team are sought after as educators as well as care providers.

Continued Pediatric GI Support

  • As infants approach their discharge from our GI NICU facilities and prepare to transition to their homes, we work with community pediatricians, clinics, home health agencies, and medical supply companies to assure continuity of care.
  • Our outpatient Gastrointestinal Nutrition Clinic supports the lifelong nutritional needs for infants facing future conditions.
  • Our team of pediatric gastroenterologists, dietitians, social workers, and specialized nurses provide continued support.

Pediatric GI Research and Development

  • As part of our dedication to improving health and wellness across the globe, we're involved in a variety of innovative clinical and translational studies in the field of neonatal GI disorders.
  • Our research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, is currently engaged in studies related to intestinal wound healing, necrotizing enterocolitis, and nutrition.