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Conrad R. Cole, MD, MPH, MSc

  • Medical Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Medical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My practice is family-oriented, and I focus on resolving the family’s needs for taking care of a child with complex nutritional needs.



As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I specialize in intestinal rehabilitation and nutrition. I was drawn to my career by my exposure to children with malnutrition, and also by my excellent mentors as I proceeded through my training.

I am an expert in the management of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. My practice is family-oriented, and I focus on resolving the family’s needs for taking care of a child with complex nutritional needs.

I work with a team to achieve the best outcome for each child and family. In 2019, our team received the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center faculty award for Best Clinical Team.
I am also actively involved in Cincinnati Children’s Global Health Center with collaborations in the development of endoscopy services in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

In my research, my colleagues and I are looking at ways to decrease the reliance on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for children with intestinal failure.

In my free time, I love traveling and exploring new and interesting food options.

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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.

Advocacy for research starting early in the life course. Cheng, TL; Russo, C; Cole, C; Williams, DA; Shah, S; Patel, M; Raphael, J; Davis, J; Pursley, DW; Cheng, T; et al. Pediatric Research. 2022; 91:1312-1314.

Cost-effectiveness of ethanol lock prophylaxis to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections in children with intestinal failure in the United States. Raghu, VK; Mezoff, EA; Cole, CR; Rudolph, JA; Smith, KJ. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2022; 46:324-329.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in The Journal of Pediatrics. Fisher, PG; Long, SS; Cole, CR; Cohran, VC; Fuentes-Afflick, E; Krantz, I; Lion, KC; McDevitt, M; Ott, MA; Ross, LF; et al. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 236.

Approach to Intestinal Failure in Children. Wendel, D; Cole, CR; Cohran, VC. Current Gastroenterology Reports. 2021; 23.

Neurodevelopmental and Growth Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants with Short Bowel Syndrome. Bell, M; Cole, CR; Hansen, NI; Duncan, AF; Hintz, SR; Adams-Chapman, I. Journal of Pediatrics. 2021; 230:76-83.e5.

Management of Central Venous Access in Children With Intestinal Failure: A Position Paper From the NASPGHAN Intestinal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. Wendel, D; Mezoff, EA; Raghu, VK; Kinberg, S; Soden, J; Avitzur, Y; Rudolph, JA; Gniadek, M; Cohran, VC; Venick, RS; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 72:474-486.

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