Division of Neonatology

The Division of Neonatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is committed to the academic missions of education, research, and patient care. Our full time faculty and staff participate in clinical care, teaching, and research. The faculty have full time appointments in the Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine. The Division occupies office and laboratory space within the Walter P. Martin Research Building at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, and is a Center of Excellence at the research institute.

The Division of Neonatology has a strong reputation for clinical excellence. We offer both primary and specialized care in infant health service to our immediate community. The clinical program is centered at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center NICU, Intermediate Care nursery and the normal newborn nursery. We also have a highly skilled transport team available for ground transport.

The education program includes a neonatology fellowship training program, with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) as an affiliated center, responsibility for pediatric housestaff education, lectures provided for medical students, lectures and bedside training for Pediatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, and a variety of regularly scheduled conferences for our community neonatologists.


  • Location
    Walter P. Martin Research Center
  • Address:
    1124 West Carson Street, RB-1
    Torrance, CA 90502

  • General Contact:
    Phone: (310) 222-1975 | Fax: (310) 222-3887

  • Email:
    bmerino@obgyn.humc.edu (Brandon Merino, Departmental Assistant)


Neonatology Fellowship

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Division Chief

Virender, Rehan
Virender, RehanMD

As part of one of the leading research institutions in the country, we have a strong commitment to developing new knowledge in the field and to rapidly bringing these developments to our patients. Divisional research activities are centered within the Perinatal Research Center, a Center of Excellence within the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. The focus of research is both basic and clinical, with an emphasis on developmental lung biology and brain development. The divisional research program is supported by grants and contracts from a variety of agencies including the National Institutes of Health, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and Industry.

Division of Neonatology Faculty

Soina K. Dargan
Soina K. DarganMS, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Basil O. Ibe
Basil O. IbePh. D.
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Rohit Passi
Rohit PassiMD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Lynne Smith
Lynne SmithMD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
John Torday
John TordayMSc, Ph. D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology
Marlene Beranek
Marlene BeranekRNC, MN, CNNP
Nurse Practitioner