• Director, Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Co-Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine


  • Gender: Male


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

Board Certifications

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

Education & Training


1991, Tufts University

Medical / Professional School(s)

1998, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


1999, Obstetrics and Gynecology - Northwestern Memorial Hospital


2002, Pediatrics - University Hospitals of Cleveland


2005, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University Hospitals of Cleveland


Ethics, Neonatology

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Parma Medical Center
7007 Powers Blvd
Parma, OH 44129
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Southwest General Health Center
18697 Bagley Rd
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
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