Conrad R. Cole, MD, MPH, MSc

Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4415

Fax 513-636-7805



Intestinal failure; short bowel syndrome; growth failure; failure to thrive malabsorption disorders; micronutrient malnutrition


Nutritional and developmental outcomes of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome; nutritional epidemiology of micronutrient malnutrition in preschool children 

Conrad Cole, MD, is an expert in the management of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. He is an associate director of the Pediatric Nutrition and Intestinal Care Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, he is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Cole's research interest is in the epidemiology of intestinal failure and its complications especially in identifying risk factors associated with worsening prognosis. He is also interested in micronutrient malnutrition specifically zinc and iron and how they impact other micronutrients in preschool children especially from low income minority populations.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Cole was at Emory University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Cole earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, and also completed graduate degrees in public health from Ohio State University and clinical research from Emory University. He received training in nutrition under the mentorship of Fima Lifshitz MD at Maimonides Medical Center and Miami Children's Hospital prior to completing an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Miami Children's Hospital; and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

MD: University of Ibadan.

MPH: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

MSc: Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Residency: Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology.

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Cole CR, Grant FK, Swaby-Ellis ED, Smith JL, Jacques A, Northrop-Clewes CA, Caldwell KL, Pfeiffer CM,  Ziegler TR. Zinc and iron deficiency and their interrelationship in low-income African American and Hispanic children in Atlanta. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010;91:1027-1034.

Cole CR, Grant FK, Tangpricha V, Swaby-Ellis ED, Smith JL, Jacques A, Chen HP, Schleicher RL, Ziegler TR. 25-hydroxyvitamin D status of healthy low-income minority children in Atlanta. Pediatrics. 2010;125: 633-639.

Cole C, Freitas A, Clifton MS, Durham MM. Hereditary Multiple Intestinal Atresias: two new cases and review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2010;45:E21-24.

Frem J, Sarson Y. Sternberg T, Cole CR. Copper supplementation in parenteral nutrition of cholestatic infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2010;50: 650-654.

Cole CR, Frem JC, Schmotzer B, Gewirtz AT, Meddings JB, Gold BD, Ziegler TR. The rate of bloodstream infection is high in infants with short bowel syndrome: Relationship with small bowel bacterial overgrowth, enteral feeding and inflammatory and immune responses. Journal of Pediatrics. 2010;156: 941-947.e1.

Frem, J, Gold B, Shehada B, Cole C. Reflux masquerader: Acute H. pylori infection in infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 2008;46:589-592.

Cole CR, Hansen N, Huggins R, Ziegler TR, Stoll BJ for the NICHD neonatal research network. Very low birth weight preterm infants with surgical short bowel syndrome: incidence, morbidity and mortality and growth outcomes at 18-22 months. Pediatrics. 2008;112:e573-582.