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Section Leadership

Trent Tipple, MD

Trent E Tipple, MD

Professor and Section Chief, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Nutrition Physiology, Biochemistry& Molecular Biology
Children's Health Foundation Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology

Medical and Operational Leadership

Peter Vitiello, PhD
Pediatrics

Peter Vitiello, PhD

Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor of Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Director of Laboratory Research, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


800 Research Parkway, Suite 462
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-271-5215

Peter-Vitiello@ouhsc.edu


Dr. Vitiello is Director of the Laboratory Research for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His research uses molecular and cellular approaches to determine the molecular influence of environmental toxins, oxidative stress, and antioxidant enzymes on tissue development, homeostasis, and disease pathogenesis. He uses experimental models of oxidative diseases including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and Friedreich’s Ataxia to discover redox-dependent signaling mechanisms underlying pathogenesis.


MyNCBI Publications

Fun Fact: "I was on the New York City Championship Math Team in middle school."


Academic Section(s):

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Education:

PhD - University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester NY
Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester NY


Clinical/Research Interests:

The Vitiello laboratory works to identify and define the molecular interface between environmental toxins and biological systems. Research is targeted at understanding redox-dependent regulation of molecular networks regulating cellular programming during tissue development and injury/repair processes. Dr. Vitiello is specifically researching if thioredoxin antioxidants serve as molecular sensors of altered atmospheric oxygen tension in lung epithelial cells during development and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a form of chronic lung disease in the preterm lung. He is also testing how mitochondrial antioxidants regulate redox signaling and mitochondrial function during pathogenesis of Friedreich’s Ataxia, a degenerative neuromuscular disease primarily diagnosed in adolescence. Using a variety of genetic, molecular, proteomic, and cellular approaches, the laboratory hopes to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to predict, ameliorate, and prevent the life-long burden of oxidative diseases.


Select Honors & Accomplishments:

2020 - Outstanding Reviewer Award, Experimental Biology and Medicine

2019 - Distinguished Researcher Award, USD SSOM Department of Pediatrics

2013-2014 - T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Collaborative Research Award, Sanford Health

2009 - Best Poster Presentation, European Respiratory Society Meeting

2008-2010 - Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program, NIH

2008 - Harold Hodge Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2006 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Travel Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine

2006 - William F. Neuman Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine

2006 - Gilbert B. Forbes Prize in Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine 


Select Publications:

  • Booze ML, Hansen J, and Vitiello PF. A novel mouse model for the identification of thioredoxin-1 protein interactions. Free Rad Biol Med v99:533-43, 2016. PMID 27639450. PMC5107173.
  • ​Baack ML, Forred BJ, Jensen DN, Khan M, Larsen T, Wachal AL, and Vitiello PF. Consequences of a maternal high fat diet and late gestation diabetes on the developing rat lung. PLOS One v11:e0160818, 2016. PMID 27518105. PMC4982689.
  • ​Forred BJ, Daugaard DR, Titus BK, Wood RR, Floen MJ, Booze ML, and Vitiello PF. Detoxification of mitochondrial oxidants and apoptotic signaling are facilitated by thioredoxin-2 and peroxiredoxin-3 during hyperoxic injury. PLOS One v12:e0168777, 2017. PMID 28045936. PMC5207683.



Educational Leadership

Erynn Bergner, MD

Erynn Bergner, MD

Assistant Professor
Fellowship Program Director, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Assistant Medical Director of Neonatal Nutrition, Oklahoma Children's Hospital
Medical Director, Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank

Douglas Dannaway, MD

Doug Dannaway, MD

Associate Fellowship Program Director
Director of Neonatal Education and Simulation
Associate Medical Director of Transport, Labor, Delivery, and Consultation
Associate Professor, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Research Leadership

Hala Chaaban, MD

​Hala Chaaban, MD

Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor of Nutrition Sciences
Director of Translational Research, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Ulana Pogribna, MD, MPH

Ulana Pogribna, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Neonatal Quality and Patient Safety Officer, Oklahoma Children's Hospital NICU

Peter Vitiello, PhD

Peter Vitiello, PhD

Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor of Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Director of Laboratory Research, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Faculty

Tamara Alexander, MD

Tamara Alexander, MD

Assistant Professor

Lora Bailey-Downs, PhD

Lora Bailey-Downs, PhD

Assistant Professor

Faizah Bhatti, MD

Faizah Bhatti, MD

Associate Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Member, Oklahoma Center for Neurosciences

Sara Brewer, DO

Sara Brewer, DO

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Kathryn Burge, PhD

Kathryn Burge, PhD

Assistant Professor

Trassanee "Pearl" Chatmethakul
Nalini Dasari, MD

Nalini Dasari, MD

Assistant Professor

Rose Doolittle, MD

Rose Doolittle, MD

Assistant Professor

Jeffrey Eckert, PhD

Jeffrey Eckert, PhD

Director of Lab Research
Assistant Professor of Research

Arlen Foulks, DO

Arlen Foulks, DO

Assistant Professor
Medical Director of NeoFlight Neonatal Transport Service
Assistant Medical Director, Level 2 NICU at St. Anthony Hospital
Chair of American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP)
Chair of the Neonatal Exam Committee on the AOBP
Adjunct Clinical Assistance Professor in Pediatrics at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Center of Health Sciences

Abhrajit Ganguly, MD

Abhrajit Ganguly, MD

Assistant Professor

Vadim Ivanov, MD

Vadim Ivanov, MD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Medical Director of CCMH NICU
Neonatologist

Erin Jain, MD

Erin Jain, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Pediatrician

Barbara Johnson, MD

Barbara Johnson, MD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of NICU Resident Education

Samuel Levin, MD

Samuel Levin, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
 

Karman Low, MD

Karman Low, MD

Assistant Professor

Marjorie Makoni, MD

Marjorie Makoni, MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatologist

Erin Mamatov, MD

Erin Mamatov, MD

Assistant Professor

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Alicia Ann Moise, MD
Raja Nandyal, MD

Raja Nandyal, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director Oklahoma Infant Transition Program (OITP)
Medical Director of Oklahoma Transition Clinic (OTC)
Chairman of OUHSC Neonatal Mortality Committee (NMC)

Azif Safarulla, MD

Azif Safarulla, MD

Pediatrician

Tavleen Sandhu, MD

Tavleen Sandhu, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director of NeoFlight Neonatal Transport Service

Kris Sekar, MD

Kris Sekar, MD

Professor
Neonatologist

Birju Shah, MD, MPH, MBA

Birju Shah, MD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor
Neonatologist

Pratibha Thakkar, MD

Pratibha Thakkar, MD

Assistant Professor

Anne Wlodaver, MD

Anne Wlodaver, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director of SAH Level II NICU