Division of Neonatal Medicine

Rangasamy Ramanathan, MD

  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Division Chief LAC+USC Section of USC Division of Neonatal Medicine
  • Director, LAC+USC Medical Center and University of Southern California Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Medical Director, Newborn ICU at LAC USC Medical Center
  • Interim Associate Director of Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Research Interests

  • Surfactant Therapy for RDS and ARDS
  • Noninvasive modes of Neonatal Ventilation
  • Cardiorespiratory monitoring
  • Prevention of acute and chronic lung injury
  • Molecular basis for lung injury
  • Study of respiratory control disorders in newborn infants
  • Pathophysiology of refractory hypotension in neonates
  • Oxygen Toxicity in Preterm neonates



  • MBBS, Madras Medical College, India, 1975
  • Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Madras University, India, 1978
  • Pediatrics (MD), Madras University, India,  1981


  • Pediatrics, Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Madras, India, 1976 - 1981
  • Pediatrics, New York Medical College, New York, NY, 1982 - 1984


  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1984 - 1986
  • Research Fellow in Neonatology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1986 - 1987


  • Indian Board of Pediatrics, 1981
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1987
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 1987


  • SWPSICL Trophy for Best Presentation South Western Pediatric Society Annual Spring Meeting, 1999
  • SWPSICL Trophy for Best Presentation “You Mouth Your Tale well” - Award, South Western Pediatric Society Annual Spring Meeting, 2002
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Class of 2004, Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2004
  • Physician of the Year Award, Good Samaritan Hospital, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2004
  • Richard H. Paul. M.D. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2005
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005,2006
  • America’s Top Pediatricians - 2007-2009
  • Best Doctors in America - 2007-2010
  • Hero of the Medical Center Award, LAC+USC Medical Center, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA, 2011


Local Societies

  • Western Society for Pediatric Research, 1994-Present
  • South Western Pediatric Society, 1997-Present
  • California Association of Neonatologists, 1997-Present
  • Los Angeles Academy of Medicine, 1998-2004

National Societies

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1987-Present
  • Fellow of the American Thoracic Society, 1988-Present
  • Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, 1990-Present
  • American Pediatric Society, 2002-Present


Dr. Ram's extensive involvement as an educator in the Division and in the medical school, along with his many administrative roles, can be reviewed in PDF format.


Dr. Ram's publications and abstracts, as well as his list of invited lectures, workshops and symposiums can be viewed in PDF format.


Division of Neonatology
LAC+USC Medical Center 
2020 Zonal Ave 
IRD Room 820
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone (323) 226-3406
FAX (323) 226-3440
E-mail: ramanath@usc.edu 

Division of Neonatal Medicine 
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard
MS #31
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone (323) 361-5939
FAX (323) 361-7927

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