UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Oakland, CA


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012. As the oldest pediatric medical center between Los Angeles and Seattle, its physicians and staff have consistently provided exceptional medical care for children in Northern California and beyond. It has expanded its role over the years from a medical “safety net” for East Bay children into a regional pediatric medical center with specialized staff and facilities able to treat rare illnesses and health problems.

The multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Team at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland exemplifies the commitment to quality and care seen throughout the institution. The team is here to help and bring hope and support to every patient diagnosed with a nervous system tumor as well as those who care for and about them. A unique collaboration between nine Children's Hospital departments allows our multidisciplinary team to give children the best comprehensive care possible. The hospital is an active member of the Head Start Consortium, a group of pediatric institutions throughout the world with a special interest in avoiding the adverse effects of radiation therapy in young children with malignant brain tumors by substituting aggressive chemotherapy in its place. In addition to our clinical program, an active research program is being developed at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

Housing Information

Children's Hospital's Family House has 16 bedrooms available to qualifying families living 70 miles or more from the hospital. All share a common living room, play room, kitchen and laundry room. For more information call (510) 428-3100.

A list of nearby hotels can also be found on the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland website.

Contact information


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd St., Oakland CA 94609

Philippa Doyle, RN
Phone: (510) 428-3308
Fax: (510) 597-7199
E-mail: pdoyle@mail.cho.org


Principal Investigator
Dr. Cooney joined the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital in 2019. She is currently the Director of the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic and is a Member of the Faculty in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cooney’s clinical interests include early phase clinical trial development for pediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumors, developmental therapeutics, disparities, and survivorship. She has several PNOC trials ongoing and in development, using targeted and immunotherapeutics.
Co-Principal Investigator
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Dr. Joseph Torkildson is a pediatric neuro-oncologist specializing in the care of children with brain and spinal cord tumors. He has a special interest in developing alternative therapies that will allow the avoidance of radiation therapy in the youngest children with malignant brain tumors. He also has an interest in improving methods for detecting neurocognitive injury in patients treated for brain tumors and providing effective remediation for these injuries.
Pediatric Neurologist
Pediatric Neurologist
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Pediatric Neuroradiologist
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Anita Sharma, NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner