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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
  • Gynecology
  • Hysterectomy
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • LEEP
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services
  • Section of General Gynecology
  • Uterine Fibroids Treatment
  • Well Woman Gynecology
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
  • Abnormal Pap Smears
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dyspareunia
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT)
  • Gynecologic Infections
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Post-Menopausal Bleeding
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Vaginitis
View all 17 Specialties +


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About Ruth M. Farrell, MD, MA

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 USA

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL USA

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

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

Undergraduate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA

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

See publications for Ruth M. Farrell, MD, MA.

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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 4/19/2023, 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.

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

59 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Dr. Farrell was very kind, concerned and thorough.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

I cannot say enough GREAT comments that I have for Dr. Ruth Farrell, she is an excellent, caring doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr Farrell is exceptional. Kind, caring, compassionate. Explains things clearly and always has time for my questions and/or concerns. Excellent bedside manner. Can't say enough about how much I appreciate her. Well worth the trip to the Main campus.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. Farrell is ethics personified. Hands down best physician I've encountered, always takes time to explain things and have a mutual conversation about my care.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. Ruth Farrell is incredible! Well worth the wait. She spent plenty of time with me and listened to all of my concerns even though she was running behind schedule.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Dr. Farrell takes her time, explains things very well and is extremely thorough!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr. Farrell very attentive to my needs and concerns, answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Doctor Farrell is always very caring and efficient. She seems to want to help.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Dr Farrell is the best!!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

I really appreciate and respect Dr. Farrell's approach to communication. She is clear, judgement-free and kind.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Love Dr Farrell!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr Farrell is in high demand so getting an appointment is challenging.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr Farrell is the best doctor I've ever had. She is never rushed. She listens and covers every issue with compassion and expertise.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Farrell is amazing in every way!!!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr was amazing! Compassionate, knowledgeable. Explained the whole procedure and really put me at ease. I would go back to her in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Dr. Farrell is very easy to talk to. She was understanding of my situation a d discussed a plan.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Absolutely love Dr. Farrell! She is always very attentive to my needs.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

She is a phenomenal doctor highly recommend

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr. Farrell is a excellent doctor wish you had more of her in the other areas in the hospital. Dr. Farrell is very in tuned to the care of her patients

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