Surgeons

Our physicians will speak with you at length about your fetus’s condition, the procedure, risks, possible benefits, and possible complications of fetal surgery. They will perform your surgery and manage your postoperative care together with other members of our fetal therapy team.

Hanmin Lee, M.D.

Surgeon in Chief, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Professor & Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Michael R. Harrison, MD, Endowed Chair in Fetal Surgery
Director, Fetal Treatment Center

Dr. Hanmin Lee is Professor of Surgery, Surgeon in Chief of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Chief of UCSF Pediatric Surgery, and Director of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF. He is the second director in the 25+ year history of the Fetal Treatment Center, replacing Dr. Michael Harrison who continues to add his creative energies as Director Emeritus. Dr. Lee was an undergraduate at...

Michael R. Harrison, M.D.

Director Emeritus, Fetal Treatment Center
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Michael Harrison is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and the Director Emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He is board...

Tippi MacKenzie, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Tippi MacKenzie is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. MacKenzie obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Harvard, then came to the Bay Area for medical school at Stanford. She did her surgical residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. During this time, she took three years to do research on...

Amar Nijagal, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery

Amar Nijagal, M.D. is a pediatric surgeon in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and obtained his MD from the University of CA, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF).

During his general surgery residency at UCSF, he spent three years researching immune responses to in utero stem cell transplantation. He completed his...

Benjamin Padilla, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Benjamin Padilla is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery and Fetal Treatment Center. Born in Guatemala, Dr. Padilla immigrated to the United States in 1980. He completed his undergraduate education in 1997 at the University of New Mexico and went on to obtain his medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Padilla completed...

Lan Vu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery
Fetal Treatment Center

Dr. Lan Vu is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Her research interests include studying outcomes for children with surgically-correctable birth defects. Her interest in global health includes establishing sustainable collaborations with countries in Southeast Asia. She is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Vu immigrated...

Laurence S. Baskin , M.D.

Professor of Urology and Chief, Pediatric Urology

Laurence Baskin, MD graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelors of Science in Biophysics and attended medical school at UCLA. Dr. Baskin completely his urology training at UCSF followed by a two years of pediatric urology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Since completing his fellowship in 1993, Baskin has been on the faculty at UCSF, practicing pediatric...

Nalin Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics
Dennis Bruce Dettmer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurological Surgery Program
Principal Investigator, Brain Tumor Research Center

Director of the Department's Pediatric Neurological Surgery Program, Dr. Gupta has specialty interests in the evaluation and surgical management of neurological disorders in children, including such conditions as brain tumors, hydrocephalus, cranial and spinal congenital anomalies, and epilepsy. After his residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario,...