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A Leading Northern California Children's Hospital

Internationally recognized for pediatric and obstetric care, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital provides a wide range of services for babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers. Our pediatricians, specialty doctors, nurses and staff serve children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and all of Northern California and are recognized both for their achievements and their commitment to highly specialized care. An overview of our clinical specialties and centers of excellence follows:
Transplant Program
The transplant program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is world-renowned for high survival rates and the referral of complex patients from university medical centers. Areas of focus include:
  • Liver transplant in children
  • Pediatric small bowel transplant
  • Biliary atresia
  • Hirschsprung's disease
Our Pediatric Liver Transplant Program has one of the highest success rates in the nation and helps children with chronic liver disease, biliary artesia and other conditions. The Pediatric Intestinal Transplant team performs small bowel transplant surgery to improve the health of children with short bowel syndrome, sometimes caused by Hirschsprung's disease. Our Kidney Transplant Program has also achieved one of the highest success rates in the country, including advanced care such as adult to infant kidney transplant and steroid free kidney transplant.
Cancer and Blood Diseases
We provide care for children suffering from many pediatric cancer, blood diseases and blood disorders including:
  • Pediatric Leukemia
  • Pediatric Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Hemophilia in children
  • Aplastic anemia in children
Focusing on caring for children with illnesses such as leukemiaHodgkin's diseasehemophilia and thalassemia, our hematologists and oncologistsstem cell transplantation specialists and other clinicians are committed to outstanding clinical care and research for childhood cancer and blood diseases. Children with cancer or other diseases, including aplastic anemia, affecting the bone marrow may be treated with a pediatric bone marrow transplant.
Brain and Behavior
The Brain and Behavior Center treats abnormalities of behavior, emotion, learning, language, development, sensation and movement, including:
  • Childhood brain disorders
  • Pediatric brain tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors in children
  • Down syndrome
The Pediatric Neurology Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and management of children with diseases affecting the nervous system and muscles. Our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons treat childhood and pediatric brain disorders, including the diagnosis and management of brain tumors and spinal cord tumors in children. Our Pediatric Neurosurgery team treats a variety of neurological conditions in infants and children.
Children's Heart Center
We diagnose and treat many pediatric cardiology conditions and when necessary, perform surgical procedures that include:
  • Fetal heart surgery
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Unifocalization
  • Tetralogy of fallot surgery
  • Heart transplant in children
We've assembled a team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat infants, children and adolescents with a wide array of cardiovascular disorders, including congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease and congenital heart defects. Our children's cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery teams perform pediatric heart transplantsfetal heart surgeryunifocalization for repair of tetralogy of Fallot, and procedures for fetal heart rhythm disorders, pulmonary hypertension and other pediatric heart conditions.
Pregnancy & Newborn Services
Our commitment to the care of babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and all of Northern California is highly visible in our center for mothers and babies.
We are renowned for providing the very best treatment and care involving:
  • High risk pregnancy
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Infant developmental delay
  • Genetic counseling
  • General obstetrics
  • Maternal fetal medicine
Our services include genetic counseling for high-risk pregnancy, high-risk obstetrics, obstetrical delivery services and a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) led by specially trained neonatologists. Prenatal care is also available through specialists such as perinatologists (maternal fetal medicine specialists) who perform comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic services for numerous conditions, including Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) and other chromosomal abnormalities and conditions related to infant developmental delay.
Pulmonary Care and Cystic Fibrosis
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California is sought out for its expert pediatric pulmonary care for several conditions, including:
We take a multidisciplinary approach to pulmonary care for children. In addition to a pediatric pulmonologist, a patient's pediatric pulmonary care team may include other specialized physicians as well as nurses, dieticians, social workers and respiratory care specialists. The entire children's pulmonology team works together closely to provide the best integrated care for pulmonary fibrosispediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) and childhood asthma.
Pediatric Eating Disorders
Our comprehensive eating disorders in children program is a unique service for adolescents and children in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Northern California regions, treating disorders that include:
Patient referrals come from throughout the nation and patients are treated in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary manner. With both inpatient and outpatient services, we provide expert care for children with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other eating problems.
Weight Management for Childhood Obesity
At Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital we take the health of children very seriously by diagnosing and treating weight problems in children.  Among our areas of focus are:
Our Center for Healthy Weight provides comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation of mild to severe obesity in children. Our team addresses these long-term threats with a pediatric weight control program, offering age-specific services for weight control in children, and procedures such as adolescent bariatric surgery for morbidly overweight children.
Read more about a study on the health of overweight children conducted by Packard Children's Hospital.
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
We specialize in treating children suffering from a variety of pediatric ENT conditions including:
  • Pediatric sinusitis
  • Deviated septum in children
  • Pediatric ear infections
  • Mastoiditis in children
The Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children with a wide range of problems, including deviated septumsinusitisotitis media and mastoiditis. Our ENT team performs procedures such as the placement of myringotomy tubes (ear tubes) for ear infections and endoscopic sinus surgery to open the passages of the sinuses.
General Pediatric Surgery
When it becomes necessary to perform surgery on a child, we use the latest technologies   and procedures. Our general pediatric surgery team works exclusively with infants, children and adolescents who are affected by diseases and conditions such as:
Our team of pediatric surgeons specialize in the diseases and conditions affecting young people in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Northern California. From pediatric robotic surgery to laparoscopic bariatric surgeryfetal diagnosis to minimally invasive surgery, our team understands the unique needs of children.