Jonathan Fanaroff

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Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP

Associate Professor

  • Division: Neonatology


Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology, Co-Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He also practices at UH Parma Medical Center, Parma, Ohio and Southwest General Health Center, a UH partner hospital in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. He is Associate Professor, 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, Ohio, Dr. Fanaroff completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Medford, Mass. 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, Va.

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, Chicago, Ill. 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 nearly four dozen publications to his credit, including papers in medical journals, abstracts and invited papers. He serves 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) and the American College of Legal Medicine and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Northeast Ohio Regional Pediatric Ethics Consortium and the Northeast Ohio Neonatology Group. He was named to the Best Doctors list in 2013 and 2014.

Honors and Recognition
• Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
• Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine
• Best Doctors 2013 and 2014