The Pediatric Surgery Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offers a full spectrum of general pediatric surgery options for children who suffer from congenital and acquired conditions. Specializing in minimally-invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures as well as complex neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery on infants as young as just a few hours old, we're considered one of Northern California’s top destinations for urgent surgical intervention. And because we also offer a child-focused outpatient setting for more routine surgery, you always get the highest level of care—and comfort—needed for your child’s condition.

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Why Families Choose Us

Innovative Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery Options

  • Our programs are designed to minimize the stress and discomfort of surgery while providing the highest level of pediatric surgical expertise available.
  • In tandem with our research branch, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, we're constantly working toward improving strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Complete Surgical Team and Hospital Staff Approach

  • The surgical team at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland works with pediatricians, family physicians, Child Life specialists, and nurses to take a team approach to your child's good health and recovery.
  • Intensive care specialists and anesthesiologists support the program to provide the best care possible for our surgical patients. Everyone is trained to work specifically for and with kids—making sure their comfort is the most important thing.

Child Life Specialists Help Ensure Your Child’s Comfort

  • Children's Walnut Creek Outpatient Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging & Specialty Care center offers state-of-the-art surgery in an outpatient setting. Pediatric anesthesiologists and Child Life specialists are always onsite to help allay your fears and ensure your child receives the highest level of care possible.
  • Whether it's diagnostic procedures or surgery, our team's goal is to provide healthcare for your child and family that will be another positive experience in your child's development and emotional growth. Parents are always encouraged to ask questions about their child's care.

Specialty Cardiac and Trauma Center Surgery Options

  • The Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital Oakland includes an active cardiac surgery program, which offers surgical options for all types of congenital heart disease. Our surgeons perform successful open-heart surgeries on children of all ages, including babies with hearts as small as a strawberry.
  • Children’s Hospital Oakland is the Pediatric Trauma Center for Northern California. Our surgeons are available around the clock for critical-care situations that involve traumatic injuries requiring surgical intervention.

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