Benjamin Padilla, MD

Pediatric surgeon

Dr. Benjamin E. Padilla is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and for the Fetal Treatment Center. He specializes in surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, chest wall deformities and minimally invasive surgery.

A native of Guatemala, Padilla earned a medical degree at UCSF, where he also completed a general surgery residency. During this residency, he spent three years as a research fellow at the UCSF Center for the Neurobiology of Digestive Disease. Following this, he was an international clinical research fellow at the Fundación Hospitalaria de Niños in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he gained expertise in the treatment of chest wall deformities. Subsequently, Padilla completed specialty training in pediatric general and thoracic surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is an assistant professor of surgery at UCSF.


Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Benjamin Padilla


University of California San Francisco School of Medicine 2002


UCSF Medical Center 2010


Fundacion Hospitalaria de Ninos 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chumfong I, Lee H, Padilla BE, MacKenzie TC, Vu LT. Esophagoesophagopexy technique for assisted fistulization of esophageal atresia. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Jan; 34(1):63-69.
  2. Graves CE, Harrison MR, Padilla BE. Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery. Clin Perinatol. 2017 Dec; 44(4):729-751.
  3. Padilla BE, Vu L, Lee H, MacKenzie T, Bratton B, O'Day M, Derderian S. Sacrococcygeal teratoma: late recurrence warrants long-term surveillance. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Nov; 33(11):1189-1194.

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