Newborn Brain Society

Maran Ramani, MD

Co-Chair of Financial Committee

Dr. Ramani is the Associate Program Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Alabama. As the Associate Program Director, he is responsible for the quality of the fellow clinical experience, didactic educational lectures, duty hours and working environment. He is also responsible for the creation and implementation of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship program specific policies such as work-hour policy, moonlighting policy, supervision policy, and duty hour and physician well-being policy. He facilitates the fellow participation in the educational and scholarly activities and ensures that the fellow assumes the responsibility of teaching and supervising the residents and medical students. He is also actively involved in the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows’ recruitment, application, and matching process.

Dr. Ramani is the Director of the NeuroNICU program at the University of Alabama. He chairs the bi-weekly (with the neonatal nurse practitioners, nurse manager, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, and nurse champions) and monthly (with a pediatric neurologist, pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist, and pediatric neuro-radiologist) NeuroNICU team meetings. In the NeuroNICU meetings, he assesses the compliance of the implemented neuroprotective protocols and leads the development of new neuroprotective protocols. He also helps to consolidate the multi-specialty neuroprotective care to the high-risk neonates. In addition, he is also responsible for developing the NeuroNICU lecture series for the perinatal grand rounds.

He is the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Protocol Committee Member at the University of Alabama. Dr. Ramani is the Neonatology representative from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the statewide initiative to address the opioid crisis in women and infants. He serves on the Protocol Committee to develop and initiate the statewide neonatal abstinence program. Their goal is to establish the clinical protocols (scoring and implementation); establish standards of care at various points of entry; establish care for mother and baby and follow-up care for the infants born to opioid-addicted mothers in Alabama.

Dr. Ramani is the Chair of the Fellowship Education Development (FED) Committee. He is in charge of developing the fellow education modules based on the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. Beginning of 2018, he helped the FED committee to develop the “Neonatology Question of the Day,” a daily neonatology send-out questionnaire, intended to improve the active engagement of the fellowship learning process. The FED committee meets quarterly and plans further development of the fellowship curriculum. Also, as the Division’s Leader for the Pediatric Resident Educational Development, he assists the fellows in providing the evidence-based neonatology didactics to the pediatric residents.

Dr. Ramani is the UAB Division Neonatology Business Development, Assistant Director. He oversees the financials of his division with Division Chiefs and the Director of Business Development. He analyzes the profit and loss statements every quarter and discusses the strategies to increase revenue by optimizing the spending and reducing the costs of patient care in his unit. He also discusses with the Division’s Finance Committee about the strategies to improve billing and fundraising opportunities.