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Alison Wolf, NP

Alison “Ali” Wolf is a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of newborns.  She received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from University of California, Los Angeles.  Ali started her career as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and with the Pediatric Transport team at UCLA.  Continuing her love of infants, she transitioned to her current role as lead nurse practitioner for Newborn Medicine at UC San Diego Health and new role as Associate Director of the UC Health Milk Bank.

Ali’s areas of expertise/interest include breastfeeding, car seat safety, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, neonatal resuscitation, quality improvement and clinical informatics.  In addition to her traditional nurse practitioner education, her training has included car seat safety technician, neonatal resuscitation instructor, safe sleep champion, Lean Six Sigma green belt and Epic Physician Builder. 
Ali and her husband, a business professor, have a son who loves to play baseball, basketball and football.  Ali enjoys reading, knitting, watching her son play sports, going to the beach and her Peloton in her free time. 
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Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Degree: Master of Science in Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Clinical Instructor: UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Certified Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Instructor: American Heart Association
  • Basic Resuscitation Training (BART): UCSD Center for Resuscitation Science
  • Safe to Sleep Champion: National Institutes of Health
  • Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy: Sigma Theta Tau 2006-2007
  • Nurse Practitioner of the Year: UCSD Pediatric Residency Program 2008, 2015
  • Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year: UC San Diego Health, 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau: Gamma Tau Chapter
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners: San Diego Chapter
  • California Nurses Association
  • Lean Six Sigma Belt (in process): UC San Diego Extension
  • Member/Collaborator of the California Mother and Baby Substance Exposure Initiative 2020
  • Epic Physician Builder (in process)
  • Application completed for International Board of Lactation Consultant Certification (April 2021)


  • “Human Milk Oligosaccharide composition differs between Donor Milk and Mother’s Own Milk in the NICU”. Journal of Human Lactation. 2014 Feb;30(1):54-61
  • “The Late Preterm Infant”. Contemporary Pediatrics Nov 2007, vol 24, no 11.
  • Developed the protocol for the Research Division of the Department of Neonatology for “MRIs without Sedation for Infants”. Shared the protocol with other hospitals in the NICHD Network, 2006.
  • Quarterly update publication regarding current and future neonatal research projects: UC San Diego Health, 2004-2012. 


  • Preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis; using pasteurized donor milk to improve child outcomes in California for California Breastfeeding Coalition Summit, plenary speaker. 1/2021.
  • Utilizing Technology to Advance Effective Communication in a Complex Healthcare System poster for 2020 Virtual Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress Improvement Science Expo. 11/2020.
  • Donor Milk Implementation on Mother/Baby Unit presentation at AWHONN California Section 2020 Conference in Long Beach, CA 2/2020.
  • Donor Milk Implementation on Mother/Baby Unit poster at California Breastfeeding Summit in Sacramento; 1/2020.
  • “Baby’s Natural and Science Based Birth Plan Recommendations”. American Academy of Pediatrics; 5/2018.
  • “Developing a Family Center Care Model for Infants at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” presentation. UC San Diego Health Evidence Based Practice conference; San Diego, 6/2016.
  • “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” poster presentation. Cool Topics in Neonatology conference; San Diego, 3/2016.
  • “The Late Preterm Infant: Protocol Development and Breastfeeding Support” presentation. Southern California Association of Neonatal Nurses conference, San Diego 11/2012.
  • “Late Preterm Infant: A Little Baby with Big Needs” presentation. Southern California Association of Neonatal Nurses conference, San Diego 11/2007.
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