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Department Center for Pediatric Endocrinology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Endocrinology
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • Adolescent Health
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Adolescent Medicine
  • Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Consultation/Treatment Planning
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Implants
  • Depo-Provera Shots
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • General Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatric Medicine
  • HIV Testing
  • Implanon
  • Media Psychology
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Menstruation
  • Pelvic Exam
  • Prevention of Teen Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Health
  • Second Opinion
  • Smoking Cessation
  • STD Testing
  • Teen Skin
  • Telemedicine
  • Vaginitis Testing
  • Virtual Visits
View all 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
  • Acne
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent Obesity
  • Adolescent Sexual Health
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis
  • Concussion
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis - Contact
  • Diaper Rash
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • Gonorrhea
  • Gynecomastia
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Herpes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hirsutism
  • Hormonal Problems in Teenagers
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Mastitis
  • Menorrhagia
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Menstrual Migraines
  • Mittelschmerz
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Sumac
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Puberty Disorders
  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Skin Problems in Children
  • Sleep-Related Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Syncope
  • Syphilis
  • Teen Depression
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Vaginitis
  • Vulvar Disorders
  • Vulvovaginal Diseases
  • Warts
  • Zits
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About Ellen Rome, MD, MPH

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, including serving as president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) as well as its umbrella organization with over 6000 members, the International Federation for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ).  She has served on the Committee on Adolescence for the AAP and currently serves on its Committee on Nutrition, has chaired the Subcommittee on Eating Disorders for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), has chaired the Public Health and the Media Committees as well as currently serves on the Medical Care Task Force for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).  She served as Associate Chief of Staff under Cleveland Clinic’s CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove.  Subsequently, 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. Dr. Rome has been an integral part of public health efforts for Cleveland Clinic and its surrounding communities, particularly for programs targeting youth at risk, including the Lakewood Cares  $25,000 grant that implemented programming for elementary school children to decrease pediatric obesity, increase academic achievement, and bullyproof all school age children.  She currently serves as the Cleveland Clinic’s Chair of the Opioid Education and Prevention Committee and Opioid Task Force, as well as on its Infant Mortality Prevention Committee.  She formerly served on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is on the board locally of Advantage Cleveland (formerly ICTC), teaching tennis, literacy, fitness, wellness and creativity to urban youth, as well as the board of Red Oak/Chincapin Camps, where she strives to help youth combat nature deficit disorder.  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 efforts that promote prevention/resiliency. 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.    

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Committee on Adolescence, 1995-2002
    • Section on Adolescent Health, 1991-Present
    • Resident Section, Executive Board Member and founding team member, 1988-1992
    • 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, 1995-2007
    • Ohio Chapter, Committee on Adolescence, 2008-
    • Program Chair, Adolescent Medicine: PREP the Course, 2003-2007
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Eating Disorders, 2011-
    • Member, Nominations Committee (elected position), 2003-2005, 2008-
    • PREP Planning Committee, 2001-2003, Chair 2003-2007
    • Member, Membership Committee, 1994-2002
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 1996-2002
    • Member, Finance Committee, 1996-2003, 2012-
    • Member, Program Committee, 2017-
    • 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
    • President, 2015-2016, President Elect 2014-2015, Past President 2015-2016
    • Vice President, 2010-2014
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 2010-2014
    • Board Member, 2006-2014
    • Member, Finance Committee, 1996-2004
    • Member, Program Committee, 1996-1999, 2003-2006
    • Chair, Program Committee, 2004-2006
    • Abstract Review Committee, 1997-2000
    • Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Assistant Editor, 2009-
    • JPAG Journal Club Committee, 2019-
    • Member, Research Committee, 2017-
  • International Association of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
    • President, 2010-2016, Immediate Past President, 2016-2019
    • Treasurer, 2016-2019
    •  Board Member, 2007-2010
    • Member, International Examiner for IFEPAG, 2004-
  • Academy for Eating Disorders
    • Member, Task Force on Medical Care of Patients with Eating Disorders, 2008--
    • Chair, Media Committee, 2004-2007
    • Member, Public Affairs Committee, 2002-2007
    • Member, Bariatric Surgery Position Paper Task Force, 2006-2010
  • Your Teen Magazine
    • Advisory Board Member, 2008-
  • The Brush Foundation
    • Member, 1996-2020; Emeritus Member, 2020-
    • Secretary, 2005-2007
    • Treasurer, 2007-2020
    • Chair, Nominating Committee, 2016-2020
  • Red Oak/Chincapin Camp Board of Trustees, 2009-
    • Vice President, 2019-
  • Advantage Cleveland (previously ICTC)
    • Board Member, 2008-
    • Secretary, 2015-

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Harvard University School of Public Health
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Boston
Adolescent Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA

Internship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric Internship
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA

Additional Training

  • Executive Management Course, Cleveland Clinic, 2001-2002

Professional Highlights

  • Served as Associate Chief of Staff under Dr. Toby Cosgrove
  • As President of the Women's Professional Staff Association, helped create and implement a business plan to recruit, retain, career develop and promote the best staff while increasing diversity
  • Became Head of the Section of Adolescent Medicine in 1995, creating service, teaching and research in the field to better recognize and manage youth with eating disorders and obesity, and to improve the reproductive health of youth
  • Served as President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) and FIGIJ, its international counterpart, as well as serving as an active member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), working to improve the health of youth locally and globally
  • Initiated and teaches annually a course on Adolescent  Development in the adolescent health track at Case's School of Public Health


  • Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Specialty Interests

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

Awards & Honors

  • Catalyst Grant, Teens Talk Back: an Innovative School-Based Competition for Teens to Create PSAs that Prevent Opioid Abuse, Cleveland Clinic, 2020
  • Merck Research Award, 2020, to develop and test a toolkit for pediatricians to enable use of long-acting reversible contraceptives in their prPreviewimary care practices, 2020-2022
  • The Demarco Award and Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Health from Akron Children’s Hospital, in recognition of leadership in adolescent health, national leadership in advocacy and health promotion for adolescents and young women 2017
  • Mt Zion Award for Community Service Helping Adolescents, 2013
  • 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, for Signature Program for 2006-2007, Cleveland Clinic's Food is Knowledge program
  • Top Ten Article in “The Female Patient,” 1999
  • Hubbard 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


  • 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)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/23/2023, 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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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

69 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Rome continues to save my life

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

Dr. Rome is an incredible care provider and extremely knowledgeable and kind.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr Rome is the best and helped my daughter very much.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr. Rome assists to make sure we fit in the schedule.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr. Rome is very attentive. She has great suggestions. She is very knowledgeable and brings calmness and professionalism to every visit. We receive excellent service from her and have been seeing her for two years. She makes herself available. I've never met such a thorough Doctor. The service she gives is appreciated and needed. I would. Recommend her to anyone!!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

I have only good things to say about Dr. Ellen Rome and her staff. I wish all doctors were as caring and committed!!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

Dr Rome is an intelligent and compassionate wonderful Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Rome is always very helpful and thorough. We highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr Rome has provided excellent care for the past year. Unfortunately, she stated some opinions at this appointment that seemed more politically motivated than in good medical care. I was very disappointed and my daughter was confused by her comments.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr. Ellen Rome is excellent. Her attention to detail and caring manner puts you at ease. We highly recommend her to anyone!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

My daughter felt very comfortable with the provider and came home with a good understanding of how she could address her foot pain. She was able to implement the recommended suggestions and has seen improvement in her symptoms.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

The care that our son receives from Dr. Rome is exceptional! She is just wonderful and everything that you could ask for in a doctor for your child.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

I would without a doubt recommend Dr. Rome to others and have. She is extremely knowledgable, caring, concerned, and works so well with both the patient and their parents.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr. Rome was very thorough and helpful. She gave recommendations that were clear and are easy to carry out at home and addressed all of my daughter's needs. We will continue to work with her on telemedicine from home in Texas.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Rome truly understood the troubles and concerns I have for Ralynn's well being. The Doctor was AMAZING??

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

The eating disorders and adolescent center under Dr Rome is the best run center in the entire cleveland clinic. I'm not kidding. It's truly the best. They follow up, they care, they do what they say they will. They are amazing doctors. Truly the best.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Rome is empathetic, compassionate, and an excellent Physician

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Rome tends to move quickly and sometimes does not listen to what we are saying. It feels as if she has an idea in mind as to what she believes we are saying within the first few words, and sometimes this leads to her not fully addressing our concerns or answering the questions we are asking. Overall Dr. Rome is a phenomenal provider, and we are so very grateful for her expertise and compassionate care. We understand she is extremely busy, and this may lead to the rushed answers at times.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr. Rome is probably the best doctor in all of Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

My daughter LOVES Dr Rome!!! Clone her.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr Rome is not the easiest to begin care with but once established she's incredible.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

*Dr. Rome has been my daughter's doctor for 6+ years. She is the best doctor! Always gives my daughter great advice and care. We have recommended her to many people.

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