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Medical Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Medical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


Conrad Cole, MD, is an expert in the management of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. He is the clinical director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and a 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 intestinal failure patients and preschool children especially from low income minority populations and low income countries (global health).

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.

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Clinical Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Gastroenterology GI, Colorectal Disorders, Intestinal Disorders, Gastroenterology

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Ultra-short bowel syndrome during infancy: improving outcomes and novel therapies. Walker, AA; Cole, CR. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2019; 31:177-181.

Insights into medical management of pediatric intestinal failure. Oliveira, SB; Cole, CR. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 27:256-260.

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Utilization of Ethanol Locks in Pediatric Patients With Intestinal Failure. Rahhal, R; Abu-El-Haija, MA; Fei, L; Ebach, D; Orkin, S; Kiscaden, E; Cole, CR. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2018; 42:690-701.

Hypothyroidism and Iodine Deficiency in Children on Chronic Parenteral Nutrition. Ikomi, C; Cole, CR; Vale, E; Golekoh, M; Khoury, JC; Jones, NY. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20173046-e20173046.

Etiology and Medical Management of Pediatric Intestinal Failure. Mezoff, EA; Cole, CR; Cohran, VC. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 2019; 48:483-498.

Esophageal dysmotility: An intrinsic feature of megacystis, microcolon, hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS). Kocoshis, SA; Goldschmidt, ML; Nathan, JD; El-Chammas, KI; Bondoc, AJ; Tiao, GM; Alonso, MH; Ubesie, AC; Cole, CR; Kaul, A. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:1303-1307.

Serum Unconjugated Bile Acids and Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth in Pediatric Intestinal Failure: A Pilot Study. Galloway, D; Mezoff, E; Zhang, W; Byrd, M; Cole, C; Aban, I; Kocoshis, S; Setchell, KD R; Heubi, JE. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2019; 43:263-270.

A Quality Improvement Initiative to Decrease Time to Antibiotics for Children with Intestinal Failure, Fever, and a Central Line. Hariharan, S; Mezoff, EA; Dandoy, CE; Zhang, Y; Chiarenzelli, J; Troutt, ML; Simpkins, J; Dewald, M; Klotz, K; Mezoff, AG; et al. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2018; 3:e090-e090.

A flow cytometry-based diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis. Wen, T; Kuhl, J; Putnam, P; Mukkada, V; Farrell, M; Kaul, A; Cole, C; Rothenberg, ME. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2017; 140:1736-1739.e3.

Redefining short bowel syndrome in the 21st century. Cohran, VC; Prozialeck, JD; Cole, CR. Pediatric Research. 2017; 81:540-549.