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San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

  • Phone: (415) 206-8000
  • 1001 Potrero Avenue, #107
  • San Francisco, CA 94110

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San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (SFGH), the city and county’s 350-bed acute care hospital is located along Potrero Avenue on a 24-acre campus in the historic mission district, 4 miles east of UCSF Medical Center. SFGH is one of four teaching hospitals of UCSF Medical School in the city, connected to UCSF Medical center and other UCSF facilities by regular UCSF shuttle bus services in addition to public transport.

SFGH operates full service Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Laboratory facilities, which are staffed and overseen by UCSF’s Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, respectively.

Anatomic Pathology at SFGH

The UCSF Anatomic Pathology Service at SFGH includes five full-time faculty, one cytopathology fellow, three residents and a technical staff of approximately 16 providing administrative, cytopathology, surgical pathology, autopsy pathology and histology/electron microscopy support. Annually, the Service accessions approximately 8,000 surgical specimens, 16,000 cytology specimens and 40 postmortem examinations.


The SFGH Anatomic Pathology Service offers teaching rotations for UCSF Anatomic Pathology residents and medical students.

Research and Creative Activities

SFGH Pathology faculty are engaged in research and creative activities involving applied, translational aspects of cytopathology (Dr. Douglas Hanks, Dr. Poonam Vohra), breast pathology (Dr. Poonam Vohra), gastrointestinal and molecular pathology (Dr. James P. Grenert), lung pathology (Dr. Stephen Nishimura) and autopsy/fetal pathology (Dr. Walter Finkbeiner). Additionally, basic research studies are conducted in the laboratories of Dr. Nishimura (airway biology; vascular biology) and Dr. Finkbeiner (airway biology).

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Clinical Laboratory at SFGH

The Clinical Laboratory employs a staff of approximately 160, performs 1.2 million billable tests and issues 13,000 blood components annually. The laboratory is organized in four professional divisions (Blood Bank, Chemistry/Toxicology, Hematology and Microbiology), each headed by Laboratory Medicine faculty.


The laboratory offers teaching rotations for UCSF Laboratory Medicine residents and medical students in each of the four divisions and postdoctoral fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry / Toxicology. In addition, the laboratory provides Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) training in collaboration with San Francisco State University.

Research and Creative Activities

SFGH Clinical Laboratory faculty are engaged in reserach and creative activities involving applied and translational aspects of cardiac marker testing (Dr. Alan Wu), toxicology and pharmacogenetics (Dr. Alan Wu and Dr. Kara Lynch), diagnostic methods in microbiology / serology (Dr. Barbara Haller), toxicology and pharmacogenetics (Dr. Alan Wu) and transfusion medicine (Dr. Eberhard Fiebig).

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