Hereditary Cancer Clinic

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The Hereditary Cancer Clinic offers patients and families with genetic mutations linked to hereditary cancers, such as mutations of the BRCA gene, personalized care and planning for their long-term health. Our services include:

  • Genetic counseling and testing for patients and families
  • Coordination of follow-up care, including cancer prevention and surveillance, with referrals to other specialty clinics at UCSF as needed

The clinic is part of the UCSF Center for BRCA Research. Our team of clinicians and investigators are dedicated to driving the development of new treatment protocols, improving patient outcomes and survivorship, and providing more personalized care to families that carry mutations linked to hereditary cancers.

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What to Expect

If you have not had genetic testing, the genetic counselor will review your family history and share information about hereditary cancer. She or he will discuss the potential benefits and limitations of genetic testing and help you consider these along with your medical and personal factors. If you decide to have genetic testing, the counselor will arrange this for you.

We will collect a blood or saliva sample for the genetic testing. The sample will be sent to a specialized laboratory to look for the hereditary cancer mutation. In some cases, based on your personal and family medical history, the genetic counselor may recommend additional testing.

If you have had a positive genetic test in the past, the genetic counselor will review any new questions you have and share recent advances that are relevant to you and your family. She or he will review current recommendations for cancer monitoring and prevention. This is also a good opportunity to see if there are relatives who have not been tested and may also benefit from testing.

Our knowledge of and recommendations for hereditary cancer are changing quickly as the research evolves. We invite all our patients to enroll in a long-term follow-up protocol that will allow us to use your information anonymously in research on hereditary cancer. Through this protocol, we will periodically send you updates about advances in hereditary cancer and also request occasional updates from you about your family. Your genetic counselor can tell you more about this and other research opportunities during your appointment.

Before Your Appointment

Please send us a copy of the original genetic test reports for you and/or your family members. If you are having difficulty getting the original report, our assistant can help you.

We will email you a link to a family history questionnaire or, if you prefer, we can mail you a paper copy. Please complete the questionnaire before your appointment.

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Getting Here

Hereditary Cancer Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., H Building, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9797
Fax: (415) 353-8216

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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 ($12 daily maximum for patients with a valid disabled placard). If you have a valid disabled placard, you may have the parking fee reduced to $6 by obtaining a parking voucher from your clinic or the lobby information desk at 1600 Divisadero Street. Present the voucher, your disabled parking placard and your garage receipt to the cashier.

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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Mallika Dhawan
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Niki Lovick
Niki Lovick,
genetic counselor
Julie Mak
Julie Mak,
genetic counselor
Kelly Williams
Kelly Williams,
nurse practitioner

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