Paul Farrell, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACC

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Paul Farrell, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACC, is an attending cardiologist in the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with expertise in congenital heart disease and fetal echocardiography.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal echocardiography, General Outpatient Cardiology
Locations: Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County; Specialty Care, Abington

Phone: 215-590-4040


Dr. Farrell completed his pediatric residency at the National Naval Medical Center in 1985, and his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1990. From 1990 until 2004, he served at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as senior pediatric cardiologist, Chairman of the Pediatric Department, Physician Leader of Women and Children's Health, and as Chief of the Clinical Staff. Dr. Farrell also served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf War. Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2004 at the rank of Captain, Dr. Farrell joined the cardiology staff at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, he holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His clinical interests are general pediatric cardiology and fetal cardiology.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA


Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD


Pediatrics - Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD


Pediatric Cardiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

Graduate Degree

MBA - The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Cardiologist

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests




Seliem M, Fedec A, Szwast A, Farrell P, Ewing S, Gruber P, Spray T: Atrio-Ventricular Valve Morphology and Dynamics in Congenital Heart Disease as Imaged with Real Time three dimensional Matrix Array Echocardiography: Comparison between 2 D Imaging and Surgery. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Volume 20, Number 7, July 2007: 869-876.

Seliem M, Fedec A, Cohen M, Ewing S, Farrell P, Rychik J, Schultz A, Gaynor J., Spray T: Real-Time 3-Dimensional Echocardiographic Imaging of Congenital Heart Disease using Matrix-Array Technology: Freehand Real-Time Scanning Adds Instant Morphologic Details not well Delineated by Conventional 2-Dimensional Imaging. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography Volume 19 Number 2 February 2006: 121-129. 

Kirby W, Laird J, Lovett E, and Farrell P: Fixed Wire Balloon Dilation of Critical Pulmonary Stenosis. American Heart Journal, Volume 125, Number 6, June 1993: 1766-1767

Farrell P, Chang A, Murdison K, Baffa J, Norwood W, and Murphy J: Outcome and Assessment Following Modified Fontan Repair for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Circulation, Volume 85, Number 1, January 1992: 116-122

Chang A, Farrell P, Baffa J, Murdison K, Barber G, Norwood W, and Murphy J: Hemodynamic and Angiographic Assessment Following Stage 1 Palliation for Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 17, Number 5, April 1991: 1143-1149

Murdison K, Baffa J, Farrell P, Chang A, Barber G, Norwood W, and Murphy J: Outcome Following Initial Reconstruction and Prior to Modified Fontan Procedure. Circulation (supplement IV), Volume 82, Number 5, November 1990. IV: 199-207

Bridges N, Farrell P, Pigott J, Norwood W, Chin A: Pulmonary Artery Index: Lack of Predictive Value in Patients Undergoing Modified Fontan Repair. Circulation (supplement) 1988, Part 1, Volume 80, Number 3, September 1989, I 216-221