We have updated our Online Services Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. See our Cookies Notice for information concerning our use of cookies and similar technologies. By using this website or clicking “I ACCEPT”, you consent to our Online Services Terms of Use.
Find University Hospitals Doctors
Rita Ryan, MD

Rita Ryan, MD

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
Cleveland, OH 44106

Biography: Rita Ryan, MD


  • General Neonatology
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Neonatal Lung Disease

Certifications & Memberships

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


Fellowship | Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (1986 - 1989)

Residency | Pediatrics
Pediatrics - SUNY Upstate University Hospital (1983 - 1986)

Medical Education
Suny Upstate Medical University, College Of Medicine (1976 - 1983)

Johns Hopkins University (1979)


Rita Marie Ryan, MD, FAAP, is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ryan is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and had been practicing clinical neonatology for more than 30 years. Her special interests include neonatal lung biology, surfactant and neonatal respiratory disease.

Rita earned her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Balitimore, and her medical degree from the State University of New York-Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. Dr. Ryan served a residency in pediatrics at SUNY-Upstate and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ryan was on the faculty at the University of Rochester for 11 years and Chief of Neonatology at University at Buffalo, also for 11 years; she was the Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program, at both institutions. She then was recruited in 2011, as Chair of Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and after stepping down as chair, was there for a total of eight years as a full-time member of the Division of Neonatology and Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Ryan joined the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Division of Neonatology in 2019.

Dr. Ryan has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, several textbook chapters and several reviews. She is a frequent lecturer at national conferences, speaking on neonatal lung disease. Dr. Ryan has served on National Institutes of Health study sections and been invited to participate in NIH Workshops.

Dr. Ryan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a founding Fellow of the American Thoracic Society and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Perinatal Research Society. She is Associate Editor of both the Journal of Perinatology and Pediatric Pulmonology.

Honors and Recognition

Best Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2004 – present
Top Doctors, USNWR, 2011 – present
Elected to the American Pediatric Society in 2006
President of the Irish-American Paediatric Society, 2015 – 2017
Graduated cum laude from the Johns Hopkins University, 1979

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Rita Ryan did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.