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Professor of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Director of Simulation, Experiential Learning, and Training (SET) Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) Associate Program Director of Pediatric Residency Program

Dr. Aliaga is a specialist in the field of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program. She is also the Director of Simulation, Experiential Learning, and Training (SET) for the UNC School of Medicine and is responsible for the overall design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of the Center. In addition, she is the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) for the School of Medicine where she will maintain a school-wide IPEP committee, actively seek interprofessional education and practice opportunities for students, and work collaboratively with the UNC-Chapel Hill Office for IPEP. Dr. Aliaga has been a dedicated educator with a focus on simulation. She started her simulation career with a focus on team training and neonatal resuscitation for residents, fellows, and nurse practitioners.

Education and Training

MD, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru
Residency, Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Fellowship, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MPH, UNC Gillings School for Global Public Health


Dr. Aliaga’s research focuses on perinatal epidemiology and healthcare quality improvement measures with the goal of optimizing translation of best evidence into practice. Dr. Aliaga focuses on the epidemiology of late preterm birth, using statistics to examine provider and site-specific practices that may contribute to higher rates of preterm birth within certain regions.

Dr. Aliaga also mentors medical students, residents, and fellows who are in the process of pursuing their primary research projects, and is committed to working with learners to encourage and support future generations of researchers. Some of these mentor-led projects have included a systematic review of participation rates of families in pharmaceutical trials in neonates, an examination of health care costs associated with pediatric palliative care programs, and an evaluation of a simulation-based educational curriculum for teams in the UNC neonatal intensive care unit.

She has established collaborative research relationships with colleagues at Duke University, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and RTI International.

Sofia Aliaga, MD, MPH
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    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

    CB #7596

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7596