Eyla Boies joined the UC San Diego Academic General Pediatric practice in 1992 where she has provided primary care for infants, children and adolescents through all of their developmental stages. Breastfeeding medicine and parental vaccine uncertainty are areas of expertise. Eyla established and continues to serve as medical director of the Premature Infant Nutrition Clinic where recently discharged premature infants and their mothers are evaluated and receive help in breastfeeding while assuring proper growth and nutrition. This is an area of interest across the country as at discharge from the hospital most preterm infants are not competent breastfeeders, their mothers often have suboptimal milk supplies and historically these infants have not kept up with their term counterparts in growth and development.
Eyla is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine where she instructs medical students and residents in the clinic as well as giving didactic lectures.
Education and Training
- BS Zoology: College of Idaho
- MD: Washing ton University, St. Louis, MO
- Pediatric Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
- Fellowship Pediatric Infectious Disease: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Areas of Interest
- Premature infant nutrition, breastfeeding and vaccine promotion.
- Premature Infant Nutrition Community Project #121603
- Funded through UCSD Clinical Trial Translational Institute
- Aim: Assess pediatric provider practice and experiences regarding nutrition of the preterm infants after discharge through an online survey and parental experiences in feeding their newborn after discharge through paper survey during and office visit and focus groups.
- Premature Infant Nutrition Clinic Quality Assurance Project #090368X
- Eyla is PI for this ongoing project to collect data regarding our experiences in PINC. We have presented our experiences in PINC and collaborated with other investigators at national meetings resulting in six poster and/or platform presentations.
- AAP Human Papilloma Vaccine Education and Promotion Project
- American Academy of Pediatrics supported by Merck
- I served as physician champion and lead for this project that consisted of 1) the development of a video with 8 vignettes with pediatricians and parent and patient actors role playing various questions and concerns about the HPV vaccine. Physicians responded with accurate information and Dr. Maya Kumar moderated each vignette. 2) A webinar with Drs. Maya Kumar, Mark Sawyer (Pediatric Infectious Disease), and John Willems (Ob Gyn) all presenting). The video was presented to five large pediatric groups in San Diego County. Pre and post test result demonstrated improved pediatric provider knowledge and attitudes toward the HPV vaccine.
Boies, E.G., Vaucher, Y.E. ABM Protocol #10 Breastfeeding the Late Preterm (34-36 6/7 weeks of Gestation) and Early Term Infants (37-38 6/7 weeks of Gestation), Second Revision 2016. Breastfeed Med. 2016 Dec; 11:494-500.
- Kumar M,
Boies E, Sawyer M, Kennedy M. Williams C, Rhee Kyung. "A Brief Video Improves Recommendation of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine."
Poster presented at 8th Annual Pediatric Research Symposium, Rady Children's Hospital/UCSD on January 13, 2017 and again during a poster symposium at PAS in San Francisco May 2017.
Boies, E., Vaucher, Y., Gahagan, S., Williams, C.,Kim, J., " Early Post-discharge Feeding Outcomes of Preterm Infants Whose Mothers Intended To Provide Breastmilk."
Poster presentation April 25, 2015 at PAS in San Diego, CA
- AAP and ACOG sponsored Webinar, "Maintaining Breastfeeding Beyond the First Week". In conjunction with Susan Crowe from ACOG I developed and wrote the pediatric portion of the webinar which we presented to a live audience September 30, 2015. There were several hundred participants across the US and feedback was positive. The webinar is available at
- "Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant" as part of the
What Every Physician Needs to Know about Breastfeeding (WEPNTK). Each year I give this lecture as part of a one day pre-course before the annual meeting of ABM. (Washington DC 2016, Los Angeles 2015, and Cleveland 2014.)
- "Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant" and "Managing Infant complication as part of WEPNTK course in Manila, Philippines, September 15 and 16, 2016. The two day course was presented at the invitation of the Philippine Pediatric Society to ~ 100 Philippine physicians.
- Medical Director fourth year outpatient direct patient care course(PEDS 431)
- Attending in clinic for third and fourth year students and pediatric residents
- Preceptor of continuity clinic residents
- Preceptor for third year residents Clinical Pathologic Conference
- Regular participant in professors rounds
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
- Board of Directors
- Chair, Membership Committee
- San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition
- Past President and Board of Directors
- American Academy of Pediatric
- Section on Breastfeeding
- CA Chapter III
- Chair, Infectious Disease Committee
- Advisory Committee
- Academic Pediatric Association