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Lisa Stellwagen, MD, FAAP

Administrative Assistant: 858-249-1703

Dr. Stellwagen is a general pediatrician, neonatal hospitalist, and the Medical Director of the Newborn Service. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has been a pediatrician for 30 years, both in the community and hospital settings. Her areas of interest are infant nutrition, breastmilk feeding, common medical issues in the newborn period, and teaching families, medical students, pediatric residents and neonatal fellows all about newborn care.

Dr. Stellwagen led the team that resulted in Baby Friendly Certification in 2006 and recertification in 2011; she continues to work on quality improvement in the breastfeeding program. Dr. Stellwagen and colleagues started the UC San Diego SPIN Program (Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition) in 2008, which brings together the lactation service, dietary service, OT/PT, NICU nurses and physicians in a multidisciplinary team to improve neonatal nutrition and human milk feeding in the NICU setting ( In 2017 Dr. Stellwagen and colleague Dr. Jae Kim launched the development of a milk bank in San Diego; the San Diego Mothers’ Milk Bank.  In 2018 they launched an app; MothersMilk to educate San Diego families about breastfeeding for term and preterm infants as well as milk donation for infants in our region. Dr Stellwagen is on the Executive Board of the Section on Breastfeeding for the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Stellwagen’s research interests include human milk quality and storage, maternal milk production, and promoting human milk feeding – in term and preterm infants – to improve infant outcomes.


  • Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science, Tufts University
  • Medical Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency Training:
    • Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Pediatrics Chief Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Special Certifications:
    • Board Certified, General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics 

Areas of Interest

  • Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Newborn Medicine
  • Residency Wellness
  • Human Milk Banking

Ongoing Projects

  • Development of the San Diego Mothers’ Milk Bank
  • Assessment of care and outcomes for Late Preterm Infants at UC San Diego; nutrition, complications, length of stay and readmission 2013-2017
  • Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants at UC San Diego 2016-2017 with changes in transitions of care
  • Care of the infant at risk of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at UC San Diego JMC
  • Antibiotic Stewardship CPQCC project 2016-2018
  • PRIME metrics at UC San Diego hospitals; Exclusive breastfeeding, Baby Friendly certification, unexpected newborn complications
  • Sleep and fatigue during pediatric residency training
  • Development of a MothersMilk app
  • Safe Sleep and SIDS prevention starts at birth; UCSD JMC project in collaboration with UCSD Athletics

Selected Publications

  • Meek JY, Hatcher AJ, AAP SECTION ON BREASTFEEDING. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Pediatric Office Practice. Pediatrics. 2017;139(5):e20170647 PMID: 28557776
  • AAP COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION, AAP SECTION ON BREASTFEEDING, AAP COMMITTEE ON FETUS AND NEWBORN. Donor Human Milk for the High-Risk Infant: Preparation, Safety, and Usage Options in the United States. Pediatrics. 2017;139(1):e20163440 PMID: 27994111
  • Stellwagen LM, Schanler RJ. Breastfeeding the Newborn. In: McInerny TK, Adam HM, Campbell DE, DeWitt TG,  Foy JM, Kamat DM, eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2016
  • Stellwagen LM, Schanler RJ. Breastfeeding the Newborn. In: Campbell DE, ed. Neonatology for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2015
  • Kim JH, Chan CS, Vaucher YE, Stellwagen LM. Challenges in the practice of human milk nutrition in the neonatal intensive care unit. Early Hum Dev. 2013 Aug 30. PMID: 23998449

Selected Presentations

  • Milky Way Constellation. Feb 2018, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Grand Rounds. San Diego CA
  • Milk and Marijuana. Aug 2017, Tri City Medical Center Lunch and Learn.  Oceanside, CA
  • Milk and Marijuana. July 2017, San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting.  La Jolla, CA
  • Your Baby Needs Your Milk and other lessons about how we improved breastmilk feeding rates and premature infant outcomes at UC San Diego Health. MILK an infant feeding conference. Nov 2016. Costa Mesa CA
  • Milk and Marijuana -  first do no harm.  AAP NCE. Oct 2016. San Francisco CA
  • Milk and Marijuana- first do no harm. Monmouth County Breastfeeding Symposium, Aug 2016, Monmouth NJ


  • Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, UC San Diego Medical School, 2009 – present
  • Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, UC San Diego Medical School, 2002 – 2009
  • Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics, UC San Diego Medical School, 2000 – 2002
  • Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1996 – 1999
  • Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 2985 – 1986
  • Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1982 – 1983


  • American Academy of Pediatrics; ALF conference attendance May 2017 and May 2018


  • Medical Director, Newborn Medicine
  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency UC San Diego
  • Executive Director, San Diego Mothers’ Milk Bank
  • Executive Board of the Section of Breastfeeding, The American Academy of Pediatrics 2015- present