About the UCSF Affiliation

A Letter from President Michael R. Anderson

Michael Anderson, MD, President, UCSF Benioff Children’s HospitalsDear Colleagues and Friends,

In 2014, we made an ambitious commitment to align UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland, two highly regarded institutions driven by a common mission to deliver the very best care to every child, train the next generation of providers, and advance research to improve child health. Since then, our focus has been on creating a best-in-class integrated children’s health enterprise that will successfully and sustainably support the health and well-being of children in the Bay Area and beyond, for the next 100 years.

I chose to specialize in pediatric critical care because I wanted to bring the latest in translational science to the bedside of every child while caring for our community’s most vulnerable children and their families. At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, I am proud to work with an outstanding team of professionals who share that desire and who are dedicated, first and foremost, to helping kids.

Throughout the Bay Area, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals fill a critical gap for patients who need advanced care but are unable to pay for it themselves. In Oakland, about 70 percent of our patients are covered by Medi-Cal, as are about 56 percent of our pediatric patients in San Francisco. Over the last five years, we have invested deeply in our Oakland campus to ensure it remains a world-class safety-net hospital that serves all children, regardless of financial or immigration status. We are proud of our unwavering commitment to serve this public need in the current challenging and competitive health care environment while maintaining an equal commitment to financial stewardship in order to ensure our Oakland hospital is sustainable and fiscally sound.

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Providing the Best Care for Bay Area Children

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are laying a foundation now for long-term success for children’s health on both sides of the Bay, through a focus on collaborative leadership, integrated programs and a clear vision of our future as a premier pediatric medical center for our communities and nationwide.

Explore the stories below to learn more about our areas of focus and how the affiliation has impacted work throughout the organization.

Ngoc-Ly-MD, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland   Dr. Dayna Long, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital


Building a Top-Tier Team in Pediatric Pulmonary Care



Disrupting Toxic Stress in Children to Prevent Long-Term Health Impacts

Sunghoon Kim, MD, Pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland   Petra Steinbuchel, MD, Psychiatrist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland


Collaborating Across the Bay to Alleviate Post-Op Pain for Pectus Patients



Meeting the Growing Mental Health Needs of Bay Area Youth