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Department Subspecialty Care for Women's Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Health
  • Alternatives to Hysterectomy
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Implants
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • Gynecology
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysteroscopic Services
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Section of General Gynecology
  • Treatment of Fibroids
  • Uterine Fibroids Treatment
  • Well Woman Gynecology
View all 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
  • Abnormal Pap Smears
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dyspareunia
  • Fibroids
  • Gynecologic Infections
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Postmenopausal Bleeding
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Vaginitis
View all 17 Specialties +


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About Ruth M. Farrell, MD

Ruth Farrell, MD, MA is dedicated to improving women’s health by caring for patients, and leading high-impact translational research. As a staff member of the Cleveland Clinic, she is a board certified OB/GYN, and holds the Vice Chair of Research for the Clinic’s OB/GYN and Women’s Health Institute where she provides the resources for the conduct of high-impact clinical research.  She actively supports the career development of physician-researchers with guidance, education, and mentorship. In addition, she is staff member in the Center for Bioethics and Genomic Medicine Institute. Dr. Farrell is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine where she teaches on the latest case studies involving complex ethical issues, clinical research, and women’s health. 

Dr. Farrell received her M.A. in Bioethics and M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Following residency, she completed the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Berman Bioethics Institute and the Georgetown Kennedy Institute of Ethics during which time she also served as the J. Benjamin Younger Fellow of Policy at the ASRM and a Reproductive Policy Fellow at the Genetics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. Soon after joining the Cleveland Clinic in 2006, she received a NIH KL2/Multidisciplinary Clinical Translational Research Scholar Award. Dr. Farrell’s research focuses on decision-analysis, shared decision-making, and informed consent for the integration of new genetic and reproductive technologies into women's health.  She has been generously funded by the NIH, the March of Dimes, and the Templeton Foundation. She serves on numerous national committees for lead professional medical organizations in women’s health and reproductive medicine, including those of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Bioethics/Health Policy
Baltimore, MD

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL

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

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Additional Training

  • American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsLeadership Institute,

    Harvard Kennedy School Women and Power: Leadership in the 21st Century

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine FLEX Program

    Cleveland Clinic Women’s Physician and Professional Staff Accelerated Development Program

    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

Professional Highlights

  • OB/GYN and Women's Health Institute, Vice Chair of Research
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • Associate Editor of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
  • Member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Genetics
  • Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM ) Ethics Committee
  • Past Member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Ethics, Committee on Practice Bulletins, Committee on Gynecologic Practice
  • Past Member of the Therapeutic Data Safety and Monitoring Board of the Division of AIDS, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Past member of the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee
  • Past chair and member of the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Ethics Committee


  • 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

  • Fellow of the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society
  • CTSA KL2 Scholar/Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program Grant
  • Junior Career Development Award, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Janet M. Glasgow Honorable Citation, American Medical Women’s Association


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Cleveland Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Institute for Ultrasound Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 6/27/2024, Dr. Farrell has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

97 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2024

Dr Ruth Farrell is an amazing doctor, very caring and knowledgeable. I feel so lucky to have found her.

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

I love Dr. Ferrell! I've been seeing her for 16 years and she's is always compassionate, caring and thorough! Would recommend her to anyone

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Dr Farrell is a superior clinician and has a great "bedside manner". She always takes the time to listen to my concerns, answers any questions I have and follows up with me to ensure I do not have any lingering concerns. She is excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Again, Dr. Farrell is excellent. She did not rush through our visit. She listened to my concerns, asked questions, and provided insight and a plan tailored to my symptoms and history.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Farrell has always been a valuable advocate for my health both mental and physical.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Farrell is a model for what patient care should look like. She always listens to my concerns and takes me seriously. She is the best.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr Farrell is an excellent physician, I have been with her for years!!!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr. Farell is an incredibly kind, knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. I am very happy with my clinical care.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Farrell is one of the best. I don't travel to main campus much but she is worth it. The care, compassion, dignity, expertise and professionalism is top notch

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Outstanding experience with Dr. Farrell & her team. Thank you very much.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Farrel was excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

She was so kind, caring, and informative. She spent a good amount of time with me.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr. Farrell is an amazing physician. She is both professional and kind/pleasant. She is thorough and goes above and beyond to explain, allows time to ask questions, and wants what is best for the patient. Dr. Farrell is a true treasure.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

I highly recommend Dr. Farrell and her team!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Farrell was one of the most kind doctors I have ever encountered. She explained the procedure in depth and made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Farrell is very responsive and replies quickly to all correspondence!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Farrell is excellent!!!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Farrell is always the most professional and always gives me complete understandable explanations about my care.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Farrell is OUTSTANDING! She is a great listener, a fantastic clinician and a compassionate person. I feel very fortunate to have her as my physician.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Farrell is an excellent doctor that not only listens, but also explains. She provides excellent & compassionate care.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Ruth Farrell is an outstanding doctor. She listens & answers your questions & truly cares about her patients

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

I felt the doctor knew I was concerned and she was very reassuring during our discussion.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

The above ratings should be 10+! Best Doctor to deal with from all the specialists my mom sees. I constantly recommend her and several family members have switched to her practice. She takes the time to explain everything, follows up on issues and responds in a timely manner.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Love Dr Farrell! I travel all the way from Lake County to see her at main campus! She is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr. Farrell is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Farrell. She is an amazing doctor and researcher and shows empathy and respect consistently.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Amazing first visit. I was able to talk about all of my concerns and we worked together to create a plan.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Joseph is a wonderful, very caring physician! I followed her to Main Campus to keep her as my gynecologist.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Farrell is simply wonderful

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