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Ruth M. Farrell, MD


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 WH20
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Professional Highlights

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • Ethics Curriculum Thread Leader, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Member of the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee
  • Vice chair of the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Associate Editor, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
  • Member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice
  • Past Member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Ethics
  • Past Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM ) Ethics Committee
  • Past Member of the Therapeutic Data Safety and Monitoring Board of the Division of AIDS, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Course Director, Ethical Dilemmas in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine (April 23, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Co-Director, New Technologies, New Challenges: Women and Prenatal Genetic Testing in the 21st Century, a co-sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio April 12-13, 2012)

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 and 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

  • Janet M. Glasgow Honorable Citation, American Medical Women’s Association
  • Junior Career Development Award, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, Case  
  •  Western Reserve University
  • CTSA KL2 Scholar/Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program grant
  • Alternate, Norman F. Gant American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Institute of Medicine Fellowship

Additional Training

  • Greenwall Fellowship of Bioethics and Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Reproductive Policy Fellow, Genetics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC
  • J. Benjamin Younger Fellow of Public Policy, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Washington, DC


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Cleveland Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • National American Menopause Society
  • American Institute for Ultrasound Medicine

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Health
  • Alternatives To Hysterectomy
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Implants
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Gynecology
  • Hysterectomy
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • LEEP
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services
  • Section of General Gynecology
  • Well Woman Gynecology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 4/2/2017, Dr. Farrell 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

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