Assistant Professor

MEMPHIS TN 381032896
Tel: (901) 448-6575

Research Description

  1. Antithrombotic Therapy (A-TT) in Neonates at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Newborn Center Level III NICU-Current Clinical Practices.  PI – Divya Rana, MD. 
  2. Routine phlebotomy in hospitalized sick newborns and Red Cell transfusion.  PI – Divya Rana MD.
  3. Pain and Sedation Management Guidelines in Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  PI – Divya Rana MD.
  4. Neonatal Abstinence syndrome – Initiate quality improvement project in NAS infants. Improved outpatient follow-up of infants exposed to opioids and illicit substances. Mentor, Dr. Massoor Pourcyrous 2012 – Present.
  5. Amplitude integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) in newborns exposed to prenatal illicit substances.  
  6. Maternal Zofran and NAS.  PI – Massroor Pourcyrous MD, Co-PI – Divya Rana MD.  
  7. Opiate Exposure in Pregnancy and NAS Repository.  PI – Claire L. Simpson PhD, Co-PI – Divya Rana MD.  
  8. Whole Body Massage in Infants at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. PI- Divya Rana MD.
  9.  In-utero Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) Exposure and Amplitude-Integrated Encephalogram (aEEG) in newborns. PI- Rebecca Pollock MD, Co-PI- Divya Rana MD, Masroor Pourcyrous MD.
  10.  Amplitude-Integrated Electroencephalogram in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- Active Monitoring. PI- Divya Rana MD, Co-PI Massroor Pourcyrous MD, Kalyani Garde, M El_Abiad MD, Mimily Harsono MD.
  11.  Maternal Substance Use and Neonatal Outcome. PI- Divya Rana MD, Co-PI Massroor Pourcyrous MD, Linda Debear MSW, John Purvis, MD, Piyamas Kan Gaston PharmD.
  12.  Hepatitis C in Pregnancy: A Look at Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in the West Tennessee Area. PI- Divya Rana MD, CO-PI- Karen Wang MS, Maria Carrillo-Marquez, MD. 
  13. The Effects of Various Blood Carbon Dioxide (pCO2) Levels on Amplitude-Integrated (aEEG) Tracings: An Observational Study. PI: Masroor Pourcyrous MD, Co PI: Rohan Vaidya MD, Divya Rana MD. 
  14.  Elastrography as a Novel Diagnostic Tool to Diagnose Neonatal Liver Disease.  PI – Dario De Vallarino MD, Silpa Peravali MD. Co-PI – Divya Rana MD.
  15. UTHSC Department of Pediatrics, Memphis, TN. Pain and sedation guidelines in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Research Keywords

  1. Neonatal abstience syndrome.
  2. Neonatal development.
  3. Opioids and benzodiazepines treatment in neonatal peroid.

Research Interest/Specialty

  1. Neonatal Neurology: Bedside limited channel amplitude integrated electroencephalogram(aEEG). Role of aEEG monitoring in neonatal intensive care unit. 
  2. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Assessment of high-risk infant. Role of maternal polysubstance use during pregnancy.
  3. Role of non-pharmacoligical methods i.e infant massage, for newborn at risk for NAS.
  4. Maternal substance use: Infant outcomes with exposure, risk assessment.
  5. High-risk infant neurodevelopment assessment.
  6. Pain and sedation treatment for surgical infants; Development of institutional guidelines and Quality-improvement.

My Current CV


  1. Dario A. Vallarino, MD, Divya Rana, MD, Ajay J. Talati, MD, Masroor Pourcyrous, MD, Harris L. Cohen, MD. Hepatic Elastography as a Novel Diagnostic Technique for Neonates at High-Risk for Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease., 2018.
  2. Rana D, Rowland J, Pollard L, Dhanireddy R, Pourcyrous M. Characteristics of Amplitude-Integrated Electroencephalogram (aEEG) in Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Submission.. Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2018.
  3. Rana D, Handler W, Gaston P, Harsono M, Dhanireddy R, Pourcyrous M.. Treatment Guidelines for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Needs Periodic Reevaluation.., 2018.
  4. Rana D. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. American Physical Therapy Association, 2018.
  5. Rana, D, Bellflower, B, Sahni, J, Kaplan, AJ, Owens, NT, Arrindell, EL, Talati, AJ, Dhanireddy, R. Reduced narcotic and sedative utilization in a NICU after implementation of pain management guidelines. J Perinatol, 37 (9), 1038-1042, 2017.
  6. Dereddy, NR, Chilakala, SR, Rana, D. Anatomical Closure of Left-to-Right Shunts in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension: A Cautionary Tale. AJP Rep, 5 (2), e097-8, 2015.
  7. Rana, D, Abughali, N, Kumar, D, Super, DM, Jacobs, MR, Kumar, ML. Staphylococcus aureus, including community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus, in a level III NICU: 2001 to 2008. Am J Perinatol, 29 (6), 401-8, 2012.