• Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Interim Division Chief, Pediatric Nephrology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Endoscopy, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Interim Division Chief, Pediatric Nephrology, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine


  • Gender: Male
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Thomas J. Sferra, MD, is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Martin and Betty Rosskamm Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He has a joint appointment as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Sferra also is Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cystic fibrosis, pancreatic diseases, Clostridium difficile infection, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He was named to the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Cleveland Medical Center medical staff in 2012.

Dr. Sferra earned a Bachelor of Sciences in combined sciences at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, and completed his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio. He served his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, where he was Chief Resident. He completed a three-year research fellowship as member of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Pediatric Scientist Development Program in the Division of Medical Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Columbus.

Prior to his appointment to the UH staff, Dr. Sferra was the Children’s Hospital Foundation Griffin Family Chair; Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics; and Adjunct Member, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

An active researcher and a prolific author, Dr. Sferra has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals reporting on his research related to the development of novel therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, gene therapy, epidemiology of gastrointestinal disorders, Clostridium difficile infection, and other topics and has authored or coauthored more than 10 textbook chapters and reviews. He is a frequent presenter and invited lecturer at national medical meetings.

Dr. Sferra is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Honors and Recognition

Cleveland Magazine Best Docs, 2013, 2014
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America, 2008 – 2014
Best Doctors in America, 2009-2014

Research Interests

Epidemiology of gastrointestinal diseases using large datasets
Development of novel therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Gastroenterology

Education & Training


1986, Youngstown State University

Medical / Professional School(s)

1986, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)


1987, Pediatrics - CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL


1989, Pediatrics - CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
1990, Pediatrics/Chief Resident - CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL


1996, Pediatric Gastroenterology - CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Research Fellowship

1993, Medical Genetics - University of Michigan Medical Center/University of Michigan Health System


Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Pancreatic Diseases, Ulcerative Colitis

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Nutrition/Gastroenterology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Rainbow Pediatric Specialty Center
29160 Center Ridge Rd
Bldg 1, Ste A
Westlake, OH 44145
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