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Pediatric Surgical Services Newsletter - November 2021


 In this issue:

  • New Medical Office in Redwood Shores
  • MRI Scans Without Sedation at Walnut Creek Location
  • $48 million HRSA Grant Creates Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network


New Medical Office in Redwood Shores

A new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals medical office will open in Redwood Shores in the coming weeks. Located at 290 Redwood Shores Parkway in Redwood City, it will offer pediatric otolaryngology/head and neck surgery (OHNS) and orthopaedic services weekly. We will share more information when schedules open for appointments.


MRI Scans Without Sedation at Walnut Creek Location

MRI scans without sedation are now available at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Walnut Creek location, for patients who meet screening criteria. Children as young as 5 years of age have had scans without sedation in this new program. A child life specialist determines whether a child may be a candidate, based on the child’s coping skills and other factors. Advantages of non-sedated scans include: • Safety • No need for pre-procedure COVID-19 screening • Improved access • Ease of preparation (no NPO required) • Lower cost To refer a patient for an assessment, please contact the child life specialist at the Walnut Creek location at (925) 979-3402.


$48 Million HRSA Grant Creates Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a $48 million, five-year grant to establish the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network. The purpose of the network is to prepare the nation and its children’s hospitals to be ready to care for children in everyday settings, disasters, and global health threats. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have been named one of the five network participants, with Christopher Newton, MD, serving as one of the two principal investigators for the grant. Dr. Newton is also medical director of the Pediatric Trauma Care Center and Pediatric Surgery department at Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Additional network participants are:

  • Saint Louis University — SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (lead center)
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine — Norton Children’s Hospital
  • University of Utah School of Medicine — Primary Children’s Hospital

For more information about this incredible work, contact Dr. Newton at