Newborn Brain Society

Sonia Bonifacio, MD

Chair of Guidelines and Publications Committee

Dr. Sonia Lomeli Bonifacio, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, joined the Stanford faculty in May of 2015 and is the Associate Medical Director of the NeuroNICU. Sonia is a native San Franciscan and completed all her medical training, medical school through fellowship, at the University of California in San Francisco. She was on the faculty at UCSF from 2009 to 2015 and was the Director of the Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery.

Dr. Bonifacio’s primary research interests are the development and implementation of neonatal neurocritical care, neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm and sick term newborns, and therapeutic interventions for neonatal encephalopathy. During her fellowship, she worked under the mentorship of Mrs. Donna Ferriero, Jim Barkovich, and Steven Miller. She continues to work on the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging as an early predictor of outcomes in these at-risk patient populations. Recent work includes studying the effect of hypothermia therapy on magnetic resonance imaging findings. She is currently planning a trial of Therapeutic Hypothermia for mild HIE.