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Ellen Rome, MD, MPH


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Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
Department: General Pediatrics
Head, Center for Adolescent Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A120
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Ellen Rome, MD, MPH, currently serves as Head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. She is a board-certified pediatrician who was also among the first in the United States to be board-certified in Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rome received her undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1984. She received her medical degree and was initiated into Alpha Omega Alpha in 1988 from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, then completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She next completed a three-year fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, during which time she also obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Dr. Rome currently serves as a Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case. She has held leadership positions in various organizations serving youth, currently serving as President of the Federation Internationale Gynecologie Infantile et Juvenile (FIGIJ) and as Vice President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). She chairs the Subcommittee on Eating Disorders for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and serves on the Medical Care Task Force for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She has chaired SAHM’s Membership Committee as well as the Media Committee for the AED, and has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Adolescence. As president of the Women’s Professional Staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rome helped create and implement a business plan to recruit, develop, and promote the best staff within that enterprise. She also currently serves on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is on the board locally of Cleveland’s Inner City Tennis Clinic, teaching tennis, literacy and wellness to urban youth. She is the author of two books collaboratively with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, You: The Owner’s Manual for Teens, and You Raising Your Child from First Breath to First Grade. Dr. Rome’s research interests include eating disorders and obesity, reproductive health, and preventive care and wellness. She has been an invited speaker locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in adolescent medicine, while maintaining a commitment to ongoing teaching of house staff and students in the local and surrounding areas. She has written and published on various adolescent medicine topics, including eating disorders and obesity, the female athlete triad, recovery and the young tennis athlete, nutrition for the teen athlete, teen pregnancy, and adolescent sexuality.

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Committee on Adolescence, 1995-2002
  • Adolescent Section, 1991-Present
  • Nominations Committee, Section on Adolescent Medicine, 2004-2006
  • Ohio Chapter, Committee on Children with Medical Handicaps, 1994-2002
  • Ohio Chapter, Committee on Sports Medicine and Adolescence, 1995-Present
  • Program Chair, Adolescent Medicine: PREP the Course, 2005, 2007
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Eating Disorders, 2011-
  • Member, Nominations Committee (elected position), 2003-2005, 2008-
  • PREP Planning Committee, 2003-2004, Chair 2005-2007
  • Member, Membership Committee, 1994-2002
  • Chair, Membership Committee, 1996-2002
  • Member, Finance Committee, 1996-2003
  • Chair, Ohio Valley Chapter Chair, Program Committee, 1996-1999
  • Member, Ohio Valley SAM, 1994-Present
  • Member, Program Committee, OVSAM, 2007 (hosted at Cleveland Clinic)
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Vice President, 2010-
  • Chair, Membership Committee, 2010-
  • Elected to Board, 2006-
  • Member, Finance Committee, 1996-2004
  • Member, Program Committee, 1996-1999, 2003-2006
  • Chair, Program Committee, 2004-2006
  • Abstract Review Committee, 1997-2000
  • International Association of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
  • President, 2010-
  • Elected to Board of FIGIJ, 2007-
  • Member, International Examiner for IFEPAG, 2004-
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Member, Task Force on Medical Care of Patients with Eating Disorders, 2010-
  • Chair, Media Committee, 2004-2007
  • Member, Public Affairs Committee, 2002-2007

Professional Highlights

  • Helped spearhead the Cleveland Clinic's Pediatric Obesity Initiative, ranging from clinical, education, research, community, and public health efforts at Cleveland Clinic, in partnership with the Department of Public Health and Research
  • Co-directs the Eating Disorders program at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, doing evaluations and medical management of children, adolescents and young adults with disordered eating.
  • Initiated and teaches one of the core courses on Adolescent  Development in the adolescent health track at Case's School of Public Health

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Boston
Adolescent Medicine
Boston, MA USA
Graduate - Harvard University School of Public Health
Boston, MA USA
Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA
Internship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric Internship
Baltimore, MD USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics- Adolescent Medicine

Specialty Interests

eating disorders, reproductive health, menstrual disorders, obesity, preventive medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2012
  • Who’s Who in Medicine, Science and Engineering: Who’s Who in American Women: Marquis Best Doctors in America; Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live 2002-onward
  • Honoree, Nourishing the Artist Within, Benefit for the Fairmount Center of the Arts and the Eating Disorders Network, February 5, 2011 - 2011
  • Finalist, Crain’s Award for Health Care Heroes in category of Physicians - 2010
  • Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live - 2002 onward
  • Honoree, American Heart Association Black Tie, 2006
  • Honoree, Junior League of Cleveland, 2006
  • Signature Program for 2006-2007, Cleveland Clinic's Food is Knowledge program
  • Top Ten Article in “The Female Patient,” 1999
  • Stewart Fellowship for Humanism at Cleveland Clinic, 1998
  • Von Meyer Award, Children's Hospital, Boston, 1992
  • Farley Fund Teaching Award, Children's Hospital, Boston, 1991
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1988

Additional Training

  • Executive Management Course, Cleveland Clinic, 2001-2002


American Academy of Pediatrics
  • For participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch.
Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • For participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch.
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • For participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch.
International Association of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
  • For participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch.
Academy for Eating Disorders
  • For participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch.
  • USTA (United States Tennis Association) Sports Science Committee - 2005-
  • WTA (World Tennis Association) Sports Committee - 2006-2007
  • International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA),founding member of the ITPA Certification Commission (ITPA-CC)

    Treatment & Services

    • Adolescent Health
    • Behavioral Intervention
    • Center for Adolescent Medicine
    • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
    • Prevention And Wellness
    • Prevention Of Teen Pregnancy
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Primary Care Pediatrics
    • Reproductive Endocrinology

    Industry Relationships

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    As of 10/22/2016, Dr. Rome has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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    Languages Spoken

    • English