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Ellen Rome, MD, MPH

Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
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Department Center for Pediatric Endocrinology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • ADHD
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Endocrinology
  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Care of Adolescents
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Adolescent Medicine
  • Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
  • Consultation/treatment Planning
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Implants
  • Depo-Provera Shots
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • General Adolescent Care
  • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
  • HIV Testing
  • Implanon
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • 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
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
  • Acne
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • 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
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Health
  • Mastitis
  • Menorrhagia
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Menstrual migraines
  • Mittelschmerz
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • 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
  • The Poison Plants: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Vaginitis
  • Vulvar Disorders
  • Vulvo-vaginal 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 Presdent, 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
  • Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

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 PediatricsFor participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch. Society of Adolescent Health and MedicineFor participation on boards, committees and local chapters, see Biographical Sketch. North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent GynecologyFor 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 DisordersFor 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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    As of 5/2/2022, 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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