Doctor Profile

Ruth M. Farrell, MD


Ruth M. Farrell, MD

Appointed: 2006

Ruth M. Farrell, MD
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Location: Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
Mail Code WH20
2570 SOM Center Road
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Ruth M. Farrell, MD
Department: Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A81
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Professional Highlights

  • Postdoctoral training in health policy and bioethics
  • Member of the Committee on Ethics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Co-Director of “New Technologies, New Challenges: Women and Prenatal Genetic Testing in the 21st Century, a health-law-ethics symposium co-sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio April 12-13, 2012)  
  • Recipient of the 2011 Junior Faculty Professional Development Award from the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine at Case
  • Member of the Therapeutic Data Safety and Monitoring Board of the Division of AIDS, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Chair of the Reproductive Ethics Subcommittee, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Ethics Committee

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Bioethics/Health Policy
Baltimore, MD USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

Specialty Interests

Adolescent and women's reproductive health, medical gynecology, clinical research, ethics, reproductive ethics and health policy Adolescent health, bioethics of women's health, general gynecology, health policy of women's health

Awards & Honors

Awarded an NIH extramural KL2/Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program grant

Additional Training

  • Greenwall Fellowship in Health Policy and Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  •  American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Health
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Implants
  • Gynecology
  • Hysterectomy
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • LEEP
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Section of General Gynecology
  • Well Woman Gynecology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English