Lisa Stellwagen, MD, is a newborn specialist and board-certified pediatrician. She has been a pediatrician for 35 years, both in community and hospital settings. Her clinical expertise includes milk banking, infant nutrition, breast milk feeding, and medical care of newborns.
A professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, she also works to educate families, medical students, pediatric residents and neonatal fellows about newborn care and the importance of infant health and nutrition. Her research interests include human milk quality and storage, maternal milk production, and promoting human milk feeding to improve infant health.
Reflecting her dedication to breastfeeding, Dr. Stellwagen played a lead role in UC San Diego Health's Baby Friendly certification. She and colleagues also started the medical center's SPIN (Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition) Program, which brings together lactation services, dietary services, physical therapy, nurses and physicians to outcomes for newborns in intensive care.
Dr. Stellwagen recently launched the University of California Health Milk Bank, the first non-profit milk bank in Southern California. The milk bank aims to improve milk donation and pasteurized milk use in regional hospitals, using the technology and science strength of the University to provide a quality milk product in the state. She serves as the Medical and Executive Director of the milk bank, the only milk bank in North America to be physician led.
Dr. Stellwagen completed residency training in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), where she also served as chief resident. She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Stellwagen is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and Policy Chair for the Section on Breastfeeding. She is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
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