Division of Neonatology
Merle A. Ipson, MD
Dr. Merle Ipson, MD is a Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center of El Paso and a perinatal-neonatal specialist who spends most of her time taking care of sick infants and teaching residents and medical students in the Special Care Nursery.
She received her medical degree from Texas Tech University going on to do her pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship at University of Texas at Southwestern. Her interests are varied but particularly focused in the area of medical clinical education as well as preterm infant nutrition and the effect of nutrition on the outcome of the preterm infant.
Garrett S. Levin, MD
Garrett S. Levin, M.D. is an Associate Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center of El Paso. Presently, he is an Associated Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. Most of his time is spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit taking care of sick newborn infants and teaching neonatal medicine to residents, medical students, and nurses. He is also director of the High Risk Follow-up Clinic.
Dr. Levin graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1969 with a B.A. in Zoology. In 1973 he graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico with a medical degree. In 1974, he completed a 5th Pathway Program at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey affiliated with the College on Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers Medical Center. After a residency in Pediatrics, at Thomason Hospital, He joined the faculty of Texas Tech University School of Medicine. In 1982, he spent two more years in training in Neonatology at Texas Tech and Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. His areas of interest are medical education and invasive procedure of the newborn.
During his tenure of over thirty years of service at University Medical Center and Texas Tech he has continued to try to improve outcome of newborn infants and to teach new generations of doctors their care.
Ma Teresa C. Ambat, MD
Ma Teresa Ambat
Ma Teresa C. Ambat, M.D. is the Associate Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center of El Paso and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Paul Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Ambat is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her major responsibility is to provide medical care to sick newborn infants, especially the ill and premature. She is also responsible for the education and training of residents and medical students.
Dr. Ambat graduated with a degree in BS Biology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1990. She was conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery by the same institution in 1994 and later completed her resident training in pediatris at the University of the Philippines-Pilippine General Hospital. In 2003, she completed her subspecialty training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Michigan-Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During this fellowship training, she gained experience in basic science research in her study of the effect of Ibuprofen on biliburin- albumin binding. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas in 2006, and thereafter joined the faculty of Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ambat claims that Neonatology is an extremely challenging field. However, caring for the "little ones" is the role she is strongly devoted to. She also hopes to be instrumental in the growth of the University, by providing medical education to the future doctors of El Paso, and by conducting research that will have a positive impact on the outcome of NICU patients.