About Us

UCSF Health and UCSF School of Medicine are at the forefront of health care innovation.

We deliver on this promise by leading the world in a wide range of medical research by training the next generation of caregivers and by delivering outstanding patient care at every opportunity. This unique combination of missions allows us to employ not just the brightest, most well-respected health care professionals around, but also some of the most compassionate and attentive. 

UCSF Health  

For more than a century, UCSF Health has offered the highest quality medical treatment. As an academic medical center, UCSF offers pioneering treatments not widely available elsewhere, and has a wide range of expertise that covers virtually all conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, organ transplantation and orthopedics, as well as special services for women and children. 

Our services generate over 2 million patient visits to our clinics and more than 42,000 hospital discharges a year. About 3,000 babies are born at UCSF. Annually, these services generate about $5 billion in operating revenue. We have almost 22,800 staff, 3,400 faculty and dozens of locations throughout San Francisco as well as outreach clinics throughout Northern California and beyond. 

  • Among America's best hospitals*: UCSF Medical Center is consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the United States and the best in Northern California. 
  • Exceptional nurses: UCSF is among only 7 percent of American hospitals to earn the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 
  • First in cancer care: The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only Bay Area cancer center designated as comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute. 
  • Transplant pioneers: Since 1963, more than 10,000 successful organ transplant operations have taken place here. More kidney transplants are performed here than at any other institution in the world. 
  • Brain tumor expertise: Home to one of the largest brain tumor centers in the nation, doctors operate on nearly 1,000 brain tumors in adults and children and treat more than 2,500 patients in clinics each year. 
  • Musculoskeletal experts: The 42,000-square-foot UCSF Orthopaedic Institute offers outpatient services and surgery and features the only Human Performance Center in San Francisco. 
  • Premier women's health center: UCSF is home to Northern California's only nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women's Health. 

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals 

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital ranks among the nation's best children's hospitals in ten specialties and is one of the top-ranked centers in California.* Effective January 1, 2014, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital affiliated with Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, building on the hospitals' mutual commitment to provide outstanding care to children in local communities and advance medical discovery and treatment for the world.  

The synergies created by coming together allow children and families to benefit from greater depth and breadth of pediatric expertise as well as the innovation possible through collaboration. With the opening of the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco in early 2015, UCSF has further expanded and supported the pediatric care we provide to our community. 

  • First in fetal surgery: UCSF physicians performed the first successful surgery on a baby in the womb and are leaders in the field of fetal diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Critical care of newborns: The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery was one of the first of its kind in the world. The 50-bed nursery cares for more than 1,000 infants each year. 
  • Breakthrough treatments: UCSF researchers developed the first life-saving treatments for premature infants whose lungs aren't fully developed, reducing infant mortality in the developed world by 50 percent within two years of its introduction. 
  • Integrated care for children's brains: The Pediatric Brain Center coordinates the work of multiple specialty centers, clinics and research efforts to advance the standard of neurological care for children. 
  • Leaders in bone marrow transplantation: Among the largest transplant centers for children in North America, our program is internationally recognized for its expertise in treating children with high-risk neuroblastoma. 

UCSF School of Medicine  

Consistently ranked among the nation's top medical schools, the UCSF School of Medicine earns the greatest distinction from its outstanding faculty - among them are four Nobel laureates, 82 National Academy of Medicine members, 64 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 41 National Academy of Sciences members, and 17 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. 

Founded in 1864 as Toland Medical College, the School of Medicine joined the University of California in 1873, and in 1898, moved to its present Parnassus Heights campus. The first UC hospital opened here in 1907, eventually growing into Moffitt-Long Hospitals and later Benioff Children's Hospital. These facilities, together with Mount Zion Hospital, now comprise UCSF Health.

UCSF faculty have also treated patients and trained students at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center since 1873 and at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for over 50 years. UCSF is affiliated with a number of other hospitals in the Bay Area and Fresno, including Children's Hospital Oakland.