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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

Marjorie Makoni, MD
Pediatrics

Marjorie Makoni, MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatologist


1200 North Everett Drive; ETNP 7504
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-271-5215

Marjorie-Makoni@ouhsc.edu


Dr Makoni is trained in Neonatal Hemodynamics – Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography  (TnEcho) which is neonatologist performed echocardiograph in the neonatal intensive care unit to support clinical decisions in hemodynamically unstable neonates. Her research interests are in neonatal cardiovascular system with special focus on pathophysiology of chronic pulmonary hypertension in very low birth weight infants, racial /health disparities in premature babies, genomics and metabolomics of cardiovascular development in premature infants.

 

MyNCBI Publications

Fun Fact:"I have won sailing regatta awards at club level despite not being able to swim."


Academic Section(s):

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Education:

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Pediatric Residency: University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Fellowship: OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Graduate School: MS Clinical and Translational Sciences, Hudson College of Public Health -University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, OK


Board Certification(s):

General Pediatrics
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine


Clinical/Research Interests:

Dr Makoni is currently working on trending differential expression of microRNAs in very low birth weight infants and describing any differences between those who develop chronic pulmonary hypertension and those who do not. She will also be investigating any racial or gender-based differences in not only microRNA but also in vascular growth factors and metabolites of the same patient population. Research is targeted at understanding pathophysiology of vascular disease especially chronic pulmonary hypertension and hypertension. The long-term goal is to follow very low birth weight infants from birth until 3-4 years of age. Using a variety of molecular, metabolomic, ultrasound and miRNA approaches, the research hopes to develop early diagnostic strategies to predict long-term and eventually preventative therapies for cardiopulmonary and renovascular diseases associated with prematurity. 


Select Publications:

Makoni M, Eckert J, Pereira A, Nizet V, Lawrence S, Alterations in Neonatal Neutrophil Function Attributable to Increased Immature Forms, Early Hum Dev 2016 Jul 15;103:1-7

Lawrence SM, Eckert JV, Makoni M, and Pereira HA (2014) Is the Use of Complete Blood Counts with Manual Differentials for Determining Neutrophil Composition in Newborns Antiquated? Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2015 Summer; 45(4):403-13.

 Makoni M, Mukundan D, Fever, Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Feb;22(1):100-6



Educational Leadership

Erynn Bergner, MD

Erynn Bergner, MD

Assistant Professor
Associate Fellowship Program Director, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Douglas Dannaway, MD

Doug Dannaway, MD

Director of Fellowship
Associate Professor, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Netsanet Kassa, MD

Netsanet Kassa, MD

Assistant Professor
Director of Resident Education, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Research Leadership

Hala Chaaban, MD

​Hala Chaaban, MD

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

Edgardo Szyld, MD, MSc

Edgardo Szyld, MD, MSc

Professor of Research
Director of Clinical and Translational Research Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Associate Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics

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

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 of Research

Jeffrey Eckert, PhD

Jeffrey Eckert, PhD

Director of Lab Research
Assistant Professor of Research

Jolyn Fernandes, PhD

Jolyn Fernandes, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director of Metabolomics, Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Cytometry Research
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Member, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

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
 

Marjorie Makoni, MD

Marjorie Makoni, MD

Assistant Professor
Neonatologist

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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)

Gaston Ofman, MD

Gaston Ofman, MD

Assistant Professor

Rita Raman, MD, MS, CNS, JD, MACN, FCLM

Rita Raman, MD, MS, CNS, JD, MACN, FCLM

Professor
Neonatologist

Tavleen Sandhu, MD

Tavleen Sandhu, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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

Frederico Vieira, MD

Frederico Vieira, MD

Assistant Professor

Lauren White, DO

Lauren White, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor
Medical Director of Transition and Labor Consults
Neonatologist

Anne Wlodaver, MD

Anne Wlodaver, MD

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