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Pediatric Surgical Services Newsletter - February 2022


UCSF Benioff Children’s San Francisco Receives ACS Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center Designation

The American College of Surgeons has designated UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center. This achievement is the result of a complex application and site review process led by the UCSF Benioff Surgical Quality Program. UCSF is only the second children’s hospital in California to receive Level 1 Surgery Center status.




Injury Prevention and Care for Young Athletes

The UCSF Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes works exclusively with children and young athletes who participate in sports at any level. Specialized care for young athletes is important because immature bones and cartilage tend to be susceptible to different injuries from those seen in physically mature athletes.

Overuse injuries are the most common in young athletes, and are the result of too much too fast, or too much for too long. Without correct load management, overuse injuries can lead to difficulties into adulthood.

The multidisciplinary team sees patients in San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and San Ramon. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 822-4453 (877-UC-CHILD).




Celina de Borja

Co-director, Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes






Rhonda Watkins

Co-director, Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes





Treatment for Strabismus in Children

The UCSF pediatric ophthalmology division cares for children who have certain unique eye disorders, including strabismus (misalignment of the eyes).

Children with strabismus may have poor depth perception, impairing their ability to enjoy a normal three-dimensional view of their environment and, later in life, to perform certain jobs. They are also at risk for developing amblyopia (lazy eye).

Treatment currently available for strabismus includes eyeglasses, prisms, Botulinum toxin injection to the eye muscles, surgery, and/or patching. Early referral and treatment is important since the condition does not self-correct.