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Vasculitis Clinic

The Vasculitis Clinic at UCSF Medical Center treats patients with all forms of systemic vasculitis, including Churg-Strauss syndrome, giant cell and Takayasu's arteritis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly called Wegener's granulomatosis), microscopic polyangiitis and polyarteritis nodosa.

Rheumatologists in the clinic work closely with dermatologists, kidney specialists, neuromuscular specialists, ophthalmologists and pulmonologists at UCSF Medical Center and in the community to diagnose patients and manage these intensively complex diseases.

The Vasculitis Clinic also participates in research on new diagnostic techniques and treatments and to identify genes and genetic factors associated with the development and progression of vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases. These studies are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism.

To check the status of your appointment request, please email the clinic at rheumatology@ucsfmedctr.org.

Getting Here

Vasculitis Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-1673
Fax: (415) 353-2530

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Request Appointment

Thank you for your interest in the Vasculitis Clinic. If you would like to request a new patient appointment, please ask your referring physician to fax the following documents to our office at (415) 353-2530:

  • A written request from your referring physician, including clinical notes describing your symptoms suggestive of vasculitis or another connective tissue disease, such as hearing loss, bloody nasal discharge, eye inflammation, skin rashes, inflammatory arthritis, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), loss of kidney function or loss of strength in the hands or feet; work-up; and treatment course. Please note that our office requires this even if your insurance doesn't demand a referral from a primary care physician.
  • An updated immunization record.
  • Notes from your previous rheumatologist, if you had one, diagnosing a connective tissue disease.
  • Laboratory tests including CBC with differential, creatinine, urine analysis, liver enzyme tests, and recent ESR results as well as results from the time of diagnosis. Please note, we require all these laboratory tests to evaluate your case.
  • ANCA testing, if done.
  • Kidney, skin, lung and nerve biopsy results, if done.
  • X-Ray, CT, MRI or angiogram reports of the affected areas, if done.
  • Nerve conduction studies, if done.
  • Insurance authorization allowing you to be seen in this office, if required by your insurance.

The review process can take up to five to 10 business days or longer, due to the volume of requests we receive. Feel free to email our office at rheumatology@ucsfmedctr.org to inquire about the status of your request. Please email us rather than calling, as the phone lines can be very busy.

Please note that we receive many referral requests and are not always able to accept new patients. If we cannot accept you as a patient, we will notify your referring physician and provide him or her with a list of other providers. If we are able to take you as a patient, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for considering the UCSF Vasculitis Clinic for your health care needs.

Parking

Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation

Parnassus

UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Sharon Chung
Dr. Sharon Chung,
rheumatologist