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Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric gastroenterologist who treats conditions related to digestion and nutrition. I specialize in working with special needs children. Some of the conditions I treat include abdominal pain, celiac disease, common nutrition issues, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease.

My mentors in high school, college and medical training inspired me to go into pediatrics. I believe that if we can prevent or reduce a disorder's impact, we can help a child lead a full and productive life.

I take care of the child first and deal with the rest of the stuff later. I talk with my patients and families about their questions and then directly address their concerns.

At Cincinnati Children’s, we use a team approach to care. I work with other doctors, nurses and fellows to diagnose conditions and provide the most effective treatments.

My job also involves research and teaching at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I study functional pediatric gastroenterological disorders to better understand the conditions and create holistic approaches to treatments.

I am honored to be the recipient of many teaching and clinical awards, including:

  • 2020, 2019 Top Doctor, as recognized by Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2019 Best Doctor, as recognized by Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2006 Founders Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society
  • 2007 Murray Davidson Award from the Section on Gastroenterology of the American Academy of Pediatrics

When I’m not working, I love to play sports of all sorts. I’m a dog lover and have two now. I am a history buff — especially military history. I’m proud of my military medical service with the Navy and Marine Corps.

Clinical Interests

Gastroesophageal reflux; pancreatitis; inflammatory bowel disease; abdominal pain; pediatric nutrition 

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Gastroenterology GI, Epidermolysis Bullosa EB

Research Divisions


My Locations

My Education

MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1970.

Internship: Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, 1970 to 1971.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1974 to 1976.

Fellowship: Ambulatory Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1976 to 1977.

Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1977 to 1979.

My Publications

Esophageal Injury by Liquid Chlorine Bleach: Experimental Study. Farrell, PR; Farrell, MK. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 209:159-159.

Insurance status predicts health care use and indirect disease burden in youth with functional abdominal pain disorders. Warner, JN; Moorman, E; Mara, C; Farrell, M; Cunningham, NR. Children's Health Care. 2019; 48:176-190.

Integrating Psychological Screening Into Medical Care for Youth With Abdominal Pain. Cunningham, NR; Moorman, E; Brown, CM; Mallon, D; Chundi, PK; Mara, CA; Pentiuk, S; Lynch-Jordan, AM; Dykes, DM H; Elfers, J; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 142:e20172876-e20172876.

Development of the Aim to Decrease Anxiety and Pain Treatment for Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders. Cunningham, NR; Nelson, S; Jagpal, A; Moorman, E; Farrell, M; Pentiuk, S; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2018; 66:16-20.

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.

Risk Categorization Predicts Disability in Pain-associated Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders After 6 Months. Cunningham, NR; Jagpal, A; Peugh, J; Farrell, MK; Cohen, MB; Mezoff, AG; Lynch-Jordan, A; Kashikar-Zuck, S. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2017; 64:685-690.

Ancient texts to PubMed: a brief history of the peer-review process. Farrell, PR; Farrell, LM; Farrell, MK. Journal of Perinatology. 2017; 37:13-15.

The Irritable Colon of Childhood (Chronic Nonspecific Diarrhea Syndrome). Farrell, MK. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 179:60-60.

Enough Epidemiology! We Know They are Common, We Need Proven Better Ways to Care for Children with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Farrell, MK. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016; 177:16-17.