A photo of Paul Steele.

Medical Director, Clinical Laboratory

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

About Me


As a pathologist, I specialize in laboratory medicine, which is the field that involves clinical laboratory tests on blood and body fluids. In our lab, we treat every patient specimen with care and apply the best technology we can to provide accurate and precise laboratory results to the patient’s clinician.

I was influenced to go into laboratory medicine during my childhood. My mother worked in a clinical lab and shared fascinating stories about her work.

Although I do not have direct patient contact, I know the results generated by our clinical laboratory have a significant influence on the diagnosis and treatment of children. In the clinical laboratory, my colleagues and I consider all of the hospital and clinic patients our patients, too. We want patients and their families to have an informative, safe and convenient experience when they come to any of our many specimen collection sites throughout Greater Cincinnati.

At the 20th anniversary of the founding of the College of Allied Health at the University of Cincinnati (UC), I was one of 20 individuals selected as having the most influence on the college. By teaching at and participating in the Advisory Board for the Medical Laboratory Science program at the College of Allied Health, I contribute to the education of the healthcare workers who work in clinical laboratories. I am proud to say that a large percentage of the clinical laboratory personnel employed at Cincinnati Children’s clinical labs completed their training in this UC College of Allied Health program.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. Not only am I a provider of services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, but I also have years of experience as a consumer there, as one of our family members has a developmental disability. It’s a privilege for me to serve at such a wonderful children’s hospital.

Clinical Interests

Molecular pathology

Research Interests

Human endogenous retroviral envelope expression.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions


My Education

MD: University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1978.

Residency: Anatomic Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 1978-81; Clinical Pathology, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1984-86.

Fellowships: Basic science fellowship, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1981-84.

Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1987.

My Publications

Pre-operative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio predicts low cardiac output in children after cardiac surgery. Iliopoulos, I; Alder, MN; Cooper, DS; Villarreal, EG; Loomba, R; Sahay, RD; Fei, L; Steele, PE; Flores, S. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:521-525.

Laboratory Medicine and Biorepositories. Steele, P; Witte, D; Harley, J; Cobb, B. In: Hutton J, Ed. Pediatric Biomedical Informatics. Singapore, China: Springer Singapore; 2016.