University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, California


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, education, and excellence in patient care. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at UCSF is dedicated exclusively to providing comprehensive, compassionate care for children suffering from brain tumors. The program combines the advanced treatments and technologies of a world-class university hospital with personalized care from a group of highly skilled specialists. The team at UCSF is made up of board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, and radiation oncologists, as well as physicians, nurses, and hospital staff from a variety of pediatric subspecialties. This team approach, from initial diagnosis through treatment and recovery is one reason why US News & World Report has ranked the Children’s Neurosurgery and Neurology services at UCSF among the best in the nation. UCSF’s division of translational research in neuro-oncology is a unique program within the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center that focuses on converting the most promising biomedical research findings into new therapies for the patients who need them most.

Housing Information

Families traveling more than 50 miles to UCSF for participation in clinical trials may be eligible for free housing at Family House or Ronald McDonald Housce. For more information, contact the Pediatric Social Work Department at (415) 353–2655. Other short-term housing information can be found on the Housing Office website.

Contact information


Pediatric Brain Center

Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building

1825 Fourth Street, 6th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94158

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Phone: (415) 476-3831

Fax: (415) 502-4372



Principal Investigator

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Dr. Sabine Mueller is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who specializes in caring for children with all types of brain tumors and related genetic syndromes. At PNOC, she participates in developing new clinical trial protocols of the most recent advances in pediatric cancer therapy. She is also interested in understanding and developing treatments for the late effects of therapy children can experience following treatment and survival of brain tumors.
Co-Principal Investigator

Cassie Kline, MD

Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Dr. Cassie Kline is an Assistant Professor at UCSF and a pediatric neuro-oncologist, specializing in the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors of all types. She has a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research and focuses her career on early phase clinical trials and developmental therapeutics for pediatric brain tumor patients. Dr. Kline’s other research interests include predictors of neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric brain tumor survivors and personalized and immunotherapy-based approaches for the treatment of brain tumors.
Pediatric clinical social worker
Pediatric Neuro-oncologist
Pediatric Neurologist
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sandra Garcia, LCSW

Pediatric Social Worker