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


Pediatrics - Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD


Pediatrics - Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD (Chief Resident)


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

Board Certification

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





Patel Akash R, Farrell Paul, Harris Matthew, Gaynor J William, Gillespie Matthew J: Acquired ventricular septal aneurysm in a patient with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum. Cardiology in the young 22(2): 227-9, Apr 2012.


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 Echocardiograph  20(7): 869-876, July 2007.


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  19(2): 121-129, February 2006.


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


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 85(1): 116-122, January 1992.


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  17(5), April 1991.


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),  82(5): 199-207, November 1990.


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. Circulation (supplement) 1988,  80(3): I 216-221, September 1989.


Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


Farrell P. "Outpatient Pediatric Cardiology, Evaluation and Management of Neonatal Cardiac Conditions" , 5th Latifa International Pediatric and Neonatal Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mar 2019.

Farrell P. "Evaluation and Management of Common Conditions" , 5th Latifa International Pediatric and Neonatal Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mar 2019

Awards and Honors

2004, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Medal
2002, Secretary of the Navy Combined Federal Campaign Leadership Award
1999, Meritorious Service Medal
1998, Navy Commendation Medal
1991, Outstanding Pediatric Teacher Award, selected twice by the 3rd year medical students, Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
1991, Navy Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Navy Fleet Marine Force Service Ribbon, Natl Defense Medal, SW Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Navy Sea Serv Ribbon
1983, Navy Achievement Medal
1972-1976,Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honorary Society, Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honorary Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary Society

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

1991-present, Fellow, American College of Cardiology
1988-present, Councils of the Cardiovascular Diseases of the Young and Cardiovascular Surgery, American Heart Association
1986-present, Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics