Marlin Touma, MD, PhD

Marlin Touma, MD, PhD



Dr. Marlin Touma is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Pediatrics. She joined the Division of Neonatology in 2011 after completing her fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University. Dr. Touma received her medical education from Damascus University and obtained her PhD in Molecular, Cell & Integrative Physiology as an UCLA-STAR fellow in 2015 under the mentorship of Dr. Yibin Wang. Currently, Dr. Touma directs the Neonatal/Congenital Heart Laboratory and BioCore for Congenital Heart Defects Research Program at UCLA. Dr. Touma is the recipient of CDI-Today & Tomorrow Children’s Fund, the American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Research Award, the Manton Center Award for Gene Discovery, David Geffen School of Medicine Research Innovation Award, and the NIH/Child Health Research Center Career Development Award. Dr. Touma's clinical practice is located in the neonatal intensive care unit, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Touma provides prenatal consultation services and perinatal care for affected families and newborn infants with congenital heart defects.

Touma Laboratory
Neonatal/Congenital Heart Laboratory
UCLA-Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
MRL Building
Lab 3447/3457
Office 3762
675 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, California 90095
Office Phone: 310-825-6478
Email: [email protected]




Medical Board Certifications

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 2012
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2008


UCLA School of Medicine, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2011


Dell Children's Medical Center, 2008
Children's Hospital of Damascus University, 1996


UCLA School of Medicine, PhD, 2015
Damascus University Faculty of Medicine, MD, 1992

Hospital Affiliations



  • The Molecular Genetic Mechanisms of Congenital Heart Defects
  • Neonatal Heart Maturation and Response to Environmental Stress in Newborns with Congenital Heart Defects