Neurohospitalist Division
Vanja Douglas, MD - Division Chief

Information for Referring Physicians

UCSF Neurohospitalist Service

Address: 505 Parnassus Ave., room M 798, San Francisco, CA 94143-0114
Phone: 415-353-9166 (Transfer Center); 415-514-1575 (academic office)
Hours: 24/7 coverage
Maps and directions:


You may wish to talk with one of our inpatient neurohospitalists regarding evaluation and treatment of a particular patient.

Emergent and urgent calls, including those placed outside of normal business hours, should be made directly to the UCSF Transfer Center asking for our neurology service. A member of the neurohospitalist faculty will return your call immediately.

UCSF Transfer Center

To access the UCSF Neurohospitalist Service, call the UCSF Transfer Center at 415-353-9166 (available 24-hours daily) to coordinate the transfer of your neurology patients to UCSF Medical Center. Our center provides centralized services to help you gain quick access to neurologists and other members of our team, such as financial counselors, case managers and social workers. Patients can be transported via ground ambulance from facilities throughout the region or from San Francisco International Airport if they are airlifted from facilities beyond the Bay Area.

One of the first programs of its kind nationally and founded over a decade ago, the UCSF Neurohospitalist Service provides high-quality inpatient care to neurology patients, with inpatient physician coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is a regional and national referral center for common, rare and difficult-to-diagnose inpatient neurologic conditions.


Vanja Douglas, MD - Division Chief
Elan  Guterman, MD
S. Andrew Josephson, MD - Department Chair and
Founder of the Neurohospitalist Program
Sara LaHue, MD
Megan Richie, MD
Nicole Rosendale, MD
Maulik Shah, MD - Program Director for Neurohospitalist Fellowship

Conditions treated

  • Autoimmune or paraneoplastic disorders
  • Central nervous system (CNS) malignancies
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Meningitis, encephalitis and other CNS infections
  • Refractory epilepsy and status epilepticus
  • Spinal disorders
  • Transverse myelitis and other demyelinating disorders
  • Unexplained neurologic conditions


The UCSF Neurohospitalist Service:

  • Can perform specialized neurological testing on inpatients, such as continuous video-EEG electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, electromyography and nerve conduction studies, and somatosensory and visual evoked potentials.
  • Leverages the availability of a strong interdisciplinary team consisting of nationally recognized neurosurgeons, neurointerventional radiologists, neuroradiologists and other medical and surgical specialists.
  • Offers a multidisciplinary approach and expertise.
  • Includes 29 neurointensive care beds and 60+ additional beds.
  • Is staffed by neurologists with specific expertise in treating inpatient neurologic problems (neurohospitalists).
  • Communicates closely with referring providers, including verbal and written updates regarding pending discharge and any requirements for follow-up care.