OU Health Names Section Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Trent E. Tipple, M.D.,board-certified neonatologist, has been named chief of the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

Tipple is board certified in pediatrics with sub-specialty certification in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He also is a professor of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology. He is an expert in redox biology, lung development and lung injury/repair, with a long history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. Tipple comes to The Children’s Hospital from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he most recently served as director of the Neonatal Redox Biology Laboratory, associate director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program and physician lead for Family Centered Care Initiative in the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Originally from rural Wabash County, Indiana, Tipple earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Butler University, Indianapolis, and his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in general pediatrics and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Tipple has served in a wide range of leadership roles on national and international boards and steering committees, including the National Institutes of Health, National Kidney Foundation of America and United Network for Organ Sharing. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Thoracic Society, Perinatal Research Society, Society for Pediatric Research, American Physiological Society and Society for Redox Biology and Medicine.



At The Children’s Hospital, pediatric staff blends years of training with education, research and technology to improve the lives of children throughout the region. The obstetric emergency room at The Children’s Hospital is a regional referral center for the state, and the neonatal intensive care unit provides the highest level of newborn care in Oklahoma. Children’s is also home to the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in Oklahoma City. With a family-centered approach to healing, Children’s offers resources from pet therapy to child life specialists who help families cope with hospitalization and illness. From advanced surgical services to general pediatrics, oncology care and more, The Children’s Hospital provides cutting-edge research and treatments through hospital-based and outpatient services. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com/childrens.


OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health is the No. 1 ranked hospital system in Oklahoma, and its oncology program at Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medical Center ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, in the 2019-2020 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. OU Health was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in four specialties: Ophthalmology in partnership with Dean McGee Eye Institute, Colon Surgery, COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.