UT Neonatology specialists at University Clinical Health provide care to critically ill and premature infants at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center at Regional One Health, and well-baby care to those born there. The team is comprised of doctors, researchers and support teams who have achieved significant reductions in mortality and morbidity, including reduced infection rates and respiratory and eye conditions, in babies treated at the Newborn Center.

Services

UT Neonatology specialists provide round-the-clock care to critically ill and premature infants. Advances such as chemical warming mattresses and incubator light shields have helped to raise survival rates and decrease complications. Doctors also added the ability to incubate babies in the delivery room and increased the overall room temperature to improve outcomes. UT Neonatology supplies all doctors to the neonatal care units at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center at Regional One Health.

Our Doctors

The award-winning UT Neonatology team is led by Dr. Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, who also serves as Medical Director of the Newborn Center at Regional One Health and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Since his arrival in Memphis in 2005, he has spearheaded changes that have reduced the area’s high infant mortality rate. Each doctor is a member of the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.



Sandeep Chilakala, MD, MPH

Dr. Chilakala has a medical degree at Kurnool Medical College (Kurnool, India) and postgraduate training at Western Kentucky University.

Narenda Dereddy, MBBS, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dereddy is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, MD

Dr. Dhanireddy is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Mohamad T. El-Abiad, MD

Dr. El-Abiad has a medical degree from Kursk State Medical University, Kursk, Russia, and holds fellowship at Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

John M. Ferguson, MD

Dr. Ferguson is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Autumn Joi Goodwin-Samson, MD

Dr. Goodwin-Samson is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Mimily Harsono, MD, MSc.

Dr. Harsono is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Ramesh K. Krishnan, MD, FAAP

Dr. Krishnan is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Massroor Pourcyrous, MD

Dr. Pourcyrous is certified by the American Board Pediatrics and the sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

John Haigler Purvis, MD, FAAP

Dr. Purvis is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, sub-board certification by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

Divya Rana, MD

Dr. Rana is board certified by the the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Ajay Talati, MD

Dr. Talati is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Kirtikumar Upadhyay, MBBS, MD, FAAP

Dr. Upadhyay is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Mark F. Weems, MD

Dr. Weems is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Parul Zaveri, MBBS

Dr. Zaveri has special interests in the neurodevelopment outcomes in preterm infants.