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Sonia Bonifacio, M.D.

Neonatologist

Dr. Sonia L. Bonifacio is a neonatologist, specializing in the treatment of critically ill newborns and premature infants. Her research interests are focused on the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in newborns with brain injury and in the development of neonatal neurocritical care.

Bonifacio earned a medical degree at UCSF in 2003. She completed a residency in pediatrics in 2006 and a fellowship in neonatology in 2009, both at UCSF. She has co-authored a number of articles related to neonatology and is an assistant adjunct professor of pediatrics at UCSF.

  • Read a transcript or hear an interview with Bonifacio, who discusses hypothermia treatment to prevent brain damage in newborns, and Kelsey Dimitropoulos, whose son Luke was born without a heartbeat.

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

UCSF School of Medicine 2003

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center 2009

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Frymoyer A, Lee S, Bonifacio SL, Meng L, Lucas SS, Guglielmo BJ, Sun Y, Verotta D. Every 36-h gentamicin dosing in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy receiving hypothermia. J Perinatol. 2013 Oct; 33(10):778-82.
  2. Frymoyer A, Meng L, Bonifacio SL, Verotta D, Guglielmo BJ. Gentamicin pharmacokinetics and dosing in neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy receiving hypothermia. Pharmacotherapy. 2013 Jul; 33(7):718-26.
  3. Wu YW, Bauer LA, Ballard RA, Ferriero DM, Glidden DV, Mayock DE, Chang T, Durand DJ, Song D, Bonifacio SL, Gonzalez FF, Glass HC, Juul SE. Erythropoietin for neuroprotection in neonatal encephalopathy: safety and pharmacokinetics. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct; 130(4):683-91.
  4. Bonifacio SL, Saporta A, Glass HC, Lee P, Glidden DV, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal encephalopathy results in improved microstructure and metabolism in the deep gray nuclei. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2012 Dec; 33(11):2050-5.
  5. Tymofiyeva O, Hess CP, Ziv E, Tian N, Bonifacio SL, McQuillen PS, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Towards the "baby connectome": mapping the structural connectivity of the newborn brain. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e31029.
  6. Tam EW, Haeusslein LA, Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Rogers EE, Jeremy RJ, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Hypoglycemia is associated with increased risk for brain injury and adverse neurodevelopmental outcome in neonates at risk for encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2012 Jul; 161(1):88-93.
  7. Glass HC, Kan J, Bonifacio SL, Ferriero DM. Neonatal seizures: treatment practices among term and preterm infants. Pediatr Neurol. 2012 Feb; 46(2):111-5.
  8. Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Shimotake T, Ferriero DM. Neurocritical care for neonates. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2011 Dec; 13(6):574-89.
  9. Glass HC, Hong KJ, Rogers EE, Jeremy RJ, Bonifacio SL, Sullivan JE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Risk factors for epilepsy in children with neonatal encephalopathy. Pediatr Res. 2011 Nov; 70(5):535-40.
  10. Glass HC, Nash KB, Bonifacio SL, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Sullivan JE, Cilio MR. Seizures and magnetic resonance imaging-detected brain injury in newborns cooled for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. J Pediatr. 2011 Nov; 159(5):731-735.e1.
  11. Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Peloquin S, Ferriero DM. A new neurological focus in neonatal intensive care. Nat Rev Neurol. 2011 Sep; 7(9):485-94.
  12. Harbert MJ, Tam EW, Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Haeusslein LA, Barkovich AJ, Jeremy RJ, Rogers EE, Glidden DV, Ferriero DM. Hypothermia is correlated with seizure absence in perinatal stroke. J Child Neurol. 2011 Sep; 26(9):1126-30.
  13. Nash KB, Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Sullivan JE, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Cilio MR. Video-EEG monitoring in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia. Neurology. 2011 Feb 8; 76(6):556-62.
  14. Xu D, Bonifacio SL, Charlton NN, P Vaughan C, Lu Y, Ferriero DM, Vigneron DB, Barkovich AJ. MR spectroscopy of normative premature newborns. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Feb; 33(2):306-11.
  15. Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Chau V, Berman JI, Xu D, Brant R, Barkovich AJ, Poskitt KJ, Miller SP, Ferriero DM. Extreme premature birth is not associated with impaired development of brain microstructure. J Pediatr. 2010 Nov; 157(5):726-32.e1.
  16. Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Vanderpluym J, Agrawal AT, Xu D, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Perinatal events and early magnetic resonance imaging in therapeutic hypothermia. J Pediatr. 2011 Mar; 158(3):360-5.
  17. Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Peloquin S, Shimotake T, Sehring S, Sun Y, Sullivan J, Rogers E, Barkovich AJ, Rowitch D, Ferriero DM. Neurocritical care for neonates. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Jun; 12(3):421-9.
  18. Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Sullivan J, Rogers E, Ferriero DM, Goldstein R, Barkovich AJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound injury in preterm infants with seizures. J Child Neurol. 2009 Sep; 24(9):1105-11.
  19. Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Chau V, Glidden D, Poskitt K, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Miller SP. Recurrent postnatal infections are associated with progressive white matter injury in premature infants. Pediatrics. 2008 Aug; 122(2):299-305.
  20. Miller SP, Wu YW, Lee J, Lammer EJ, Iovannisci DM, Glidden DV, Bonifacio SL, Collins A, Shaw GM, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Candidate gene polymorphisms do not differ between newborns with stroke and normal controls. Stroke. 2006 Nov; 37(11):2678-83.

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