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Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD

Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD

Biography: Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD


  • Ethics
  • Neonatology


  • Director, Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Medical Director, Westside Neonatal Network, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

  • Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


Fellowship | Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (2002 - 2005)

Residency | Pediatrics
Pediatrics - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (1999 - 2002)

Internship | Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology - Northwestern Memorial Hospital (1998 - 1999)

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine (1998)

Other Education
University Of Virginia School Of Law (1994)

Tufts University (1991)


Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology and Director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Fanaroff is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and is also certified in neonatal resuscitation. His special interests are high-risk neonates and ethical and legal issues in their treatment.

A native of Cleveland, Dr. Fanaroff completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with a concentration in bioethics and elected membership to Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He also holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Fanaroff completed a pediatric residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and an ethics fellowship at MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago. He completed his postgraduate training with a fellowship in neonatology at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital as a William Randolph Hearst Neonatal Fellow.

Dr. Fanaroff has over 80 publications to his credit, including papers in medical journals, book chapters, abstracts and invited papers. He is a co-editor of two books, Care of the High Risk Neonate and Neonatology at a Glance. He served on the editorial board of Risk Management and ISRN Critical Care and is a reviewer for numerous professional journals, including Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Perinatology and Pediatric Research. A frequent invited speaker, he has presented on neonatal medicine and ethics to local, regional, national and international pediatric medicine and nursing conferences.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) where he chaired the Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. He has been named to the Best Doctors list every year since 2013.


Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine
Best Doctors 2013 – present

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Industry Relationships

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As of December 31, 2016, Jonathan Fanaroff did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.