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The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of melanoma with all stages of melanoma, from diagnosis of early lesions to therapy for late-stage disease. Patients are cared for in the center. The cancer center has been designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute since 1999.

Experts here are pioneers in translating transformative research into improved cancer treatment. Patients are seen by the appropriate specialists (dermatologists, melanoma surgeons, and medical oncologists) depending on the stage of their melanoma. When indicated, a multidisciplinary tumor board reviews the case and makes specific treatment recommendations.


Cutaneous melanoma

Call (415) 353-7817 (Aisling Oflynn) or (415) 353-9900 (call center) and book a new patient appointment.

If you have access problems to our system via phone, email Aisling Oflynn: If you need to send medical records, our fax number is 415-353-7893.

Metastatic melanoma (new patients)

Call: (415) 353-9900 (call center). If you experience any problems, please call or email our assistants: Sarah Rankin: (415) 353 9922, or Emily Mooney: (415) 353-7022,

If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, email the doctors directly: Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda:, 650-224-8265 or Dr. Adil Daud:

Request an appointment

Melanoma Center
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 353-7800

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Patients Treated

All melanoma patients and those at high risk for the development of melanoma are suitable for referral to the cancer center's melanoma program. Newly diagnosed patients and those who have suffered a recurrence of melanoma receive:

  • A comprehensive evaluation, including a review of medical history and a physical exam.
  • A review of pathological material by standard and advanced techniques including mutation analysis.
  • Recommendations for an individualized plan of treatment and follow-up.

Those at risk of developing melanoma — such as people with a family history of melanoma, those with numerous moles/atypical moles, or those with a genetic mutation carrying an increased risk for melanoma — receive a complete evaluation including:

  • A complete skin examination.
  • An assessment of suspicious pigmented lesions including dermoscopy.
  • Recommendation for biopsies when appropriate.
  • Digital Dermoscopic photography, if indicated, for follow-up.
  • Education regarding how to monitor moles and recommendations about sun protection.


  • We provide specialized evaluation of the histological material from the patient’s primary melanoma. This is instrumental in determining the risk of recurrence and is fully integrated into our recommendations for treatment.
  • Data from thousands of melanoma cases have been added to the center's database since 1971.
  • The cancer center is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network which develops national guidelines for cancer diagnoses and treatment.
  • The melanoma program works closely with the UCSF Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center specializing in treating the full spectrum of skin cancers.
  • Our melanoma tumor board consists of a team of melanoma experts who work together and meet weekly to discuss complex cases to offer the best recommendations to patients.
  • Tumor mutation testing to determine distinct genetic mutations and personalized treatments to target these mutations. The assay covers over 500 cancer relevant genes, including all genes currently implicated in melanoma (
  • The cancer risk program features counselors who identify patients likely to harbor hereditary mutations which could predispose to developing melanoma.
  • Additional services: Patient support: active support groups for patient and families, on-site dietitian for nutritional consultations, on-site social workers, a psychiatrist and psychologist, a symptom management service to help patients cope with side effects and symptoms, and a cancer resource center providing patients and their loved ones with information, emotional support and community resources.


More than 600 new patients are seen in the program annually.

Clinical trials

Several active clinical trials are ongoing at any given time. For a complete list of cancer clinical trials at UCSF including melanoma trials, visit:

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Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is a UCSF garage at 2420 Sutter St.and the other is a public garage at 1635 Divisadero St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. The daily maximum for patrons with disability placards is $12.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

The public parking lot at 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum. UCSF parking vouchers are not valid at the 1635 Divisadero St. garage.

For more information about the public parking lot in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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Clinic Team

Adil Daud
Dr. Adil Daud,
melanoma specialist
Susana Ortiz-Urda
Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda,
dermatologist and melanoma specialist
Alain Algazi
Dr. Alain Algazi,
melanoma specialist
Katy Tsai
Dr. Katy Tsai,
melanoma specialist
Maria Wei
Dr. Maria Wei,
Michael Alvarado
Dr. Michael Alvarado,
breast cancer and melanoma surgeon
Steven Wang
Dr. Steven Wang,
Hani Sbitany
Dr. Hani Sbitany,
plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Sue Yom
Dr. Sue Yom,
radiation cancer specialist
Sarah Arron
Dr. Sarah Arron,
dermatologic surgeon
Siegrid Yu
Dr. Siegrid Yu,
dermatologic surgeon
Isaac Neuhaus
Dr. Isaac Neuhaus,
dermatologic surgeon
Roy Grekin
Dr. Roy Grekin,
dermatologic surgeon
Philip Leboit
Dr. Philip Leboit,
Timothy McCalmont
Dr. Timothy McCalmont,
Michael Buljan
Michael Buljan,
nurse practitioner
Leah Hellerstein
Leah Hellerstein,
clinical social worker
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