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About Michelle L. Leff, MD, IBCLC, FAAP

Michelle L. Leff, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in the care of newborns and young children. As a newborn hospitalist, Dr. Leff meets with parents and their babies during their postpartum stay in the hospital, providing daily care to infants. This care includes newborn examinations, screening tests and breastfeeding help, including frenotomies. She also provides primary care for infants, toddlers, and young children at the La Jolla Pediatrics clinic.

Dr. Leff provides family-centered newborn care, such as education and discharge planning within the postpartum unit. She enjoys helping new mothers and fathers transition into parenthood, and the ability to work with families to achieve optimal health for their infants. Her areas of expertise include breastfeeding, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and car seat safety.

As a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Leff instructs medical students, pediatric and family medicine residents and neonatology fellows. She has authored numerous abstracts and presented on topics such as vaccines for newborns and their families and the incidence of formula supplementation in breastfeeding newborns. She is an international board certified lactation consultant and offers breastfeeding appointments at her La Jolla office.

Dr. Leff completed her residency at UC San Diego School of Medicine and earned her medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She is board certified in general pediatrics.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American Pediatric Association. Dr. Leff is also a founding member of the Academic Pediatric Association's BORN (Better Outcomes through Research for Newborns) Network and director of UC San Diego Medical Center's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. In 2013, Dr. Leff received the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award. She has served on numerous AAP committees and is currently the local chapter's Early Childhood Champion.

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For more information, see Newborn Care and Pediatrics.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Residency

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Female

Languages

  • Spanish

Date Joined Staff

  • 2009-10-27

Board Certifications

  • General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics

Conditions and Treatments

  • Newborn Care
  • Literacy
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Breastfeeding
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted