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Ross Ristagno

  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I dedicate each day to offering the best care for each child and effective communication with patients, parents and providers.



Being a pediatric physician who provides interventional radiology services for children is a privilege. I dedicate each day to offering the best care for each child and effective communication with patients, parents and providers.

My association with Cincinnati Children’s began in 2008 while I was an interventional radiology faculty member at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. I developed services at Cincinnati Children’s, including interventional oncology, venous thrombolysis and pulmonary arteriovenous malformation embolization. These collaborations led to a more significant daily role at Cincinnati Children’s in 2022.

Before my interventional radiology career, I was an adult pulmonary and critical care specialist at other hospitals in the greater Cincinnati area. While at the University of Cincinnati, I was the section chief of Interventional Radiology and program director of the Interventional Radiology Fellowship and Residency Program for many years and received multiple teaching awards. I’ve been active in presentations at national scientific meetings and have been published in scientific journals. I have been acknowledged by Cincinnati Magazine’s “Top Doctors” since 1998.

In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music and spending time with my family.


Editorial Comment: Ultrasound-Guided Omental Biopsy-A Worthy Approach (continued). Ristagno, R. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2021; 217:906-907.

Transarterial radioembolization with yttrium-90 of unresectable primary hepatic malignancy in children. Aguado, A; Ristagno, R; Towbin, AJ; Gupta, A; Haberle, S; Qi, Z; Patel, MN; Kukreja, KU; Tiao, GM; Geller, JI. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.

Percutaneous closure of right coronary to superior vena cava fistula. Abo-Salem, E; Decanio, R; Leesar, M; Abruzzo, T; Vu, D; Alkhawam, H; Ristagno, R. Future Cardiology. 2019; 15:161-167.

Radiotracer localization of nonpalpable pulmonary nodules: A single-center experience. Starnes, SL; Wolujewicz, M; Guitron, J; Williams, V; Scheler, J; Ristagno, R. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2018; 156:1986-1992.

Bullet retrieval from the right hepatic vein using a controlled endovascular and transhepatic approach. Makramalla, A; Buchino, J; Johannigman, J; Ristagno, R. Radiology Case Reports. 2018; 13:940-944.

Downstaging therapy followed by liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma beyond Milan criteria. Kim, Y; Stahl, CC; Makramalla, A; Olowokure, OO; Ristagno, RL; Dhar, VK; Schoech, MR; Chadalavada, S; Latif, T; Kharofa, J; et al. Surgery. 2017; 162:1250-1258.