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Pediatric Surgical Services Newsletter - January 2022


Orthopaedics Clinic Now at Fremont Location

Starting in February, the orthopaedics division of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals will be scheduling appointments every Tuesday at our multispecialty clinic location in Fremont.

Musculoskeletal pediatrician Rhonda Watkins, MD, will be practicing there. Her interests include sports medicine, injury prevention, bone health and running injuries. A former athlete, she was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Athletic Team and competed in multiple international track and field events, including the 2008 Olympics.

To schedule an appointment, call (877) 822-4453 (877-UC-CHILD).

Offering Childhood Glaucoma Treatment

At UCSF Benioff Children’s, we offer treatment for primary congenital glaucoma. Glaucoma in childhood is rare and may be isolated or occur with other congenital or acquired ocular or systemic conditions.

Glaucoma is associated with intraocular pressure elevation that can result in optic nerve damage and permanent vision loss. Symptoms can be nonspecific but include:

  • Rapidly or asymmetrically enlarging eyes
  • Clouding of the cornea (the clear part in the front of the eye)
  • Photosensitivity, often associated with tearing

The goal of treatment is is to lower eye pressure. At UCSF we offer both medical and surgical treatments to lower the eye pressure and prevent vision loss.

For information contact (877) 822-4453 (877-UC-CHILD), or email pediatric ophthalmologist Julius Oatts, MD, at



Register Now for Feb. 12 Sports Medicine Conference

Register now for the UCSF Pediatric Sports Medicine Virtual Conference, on Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific t?ime).

This year’s conference will focus on best practices in managing extremity injuries in young athletes, including:

Growth plate injuries and fractures of the upper and lower extremities

What to do with a swollen knee

Elbow and shoulder dislocations/subluxations

Clearing an athlete for return to play

High school state regulations and laws ensuring inclusion and safe participation

The keynote speaker will be Bethany Zummo, a Paralympic gold medalist with the USA sitting volleyball team.

CME credits are available. For more information, contact Sari Will (Senior Conference Manager, OCME) at

Register Now