Ricki S. Carroll, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 Appointment: (800) 416-4441

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

Dr. Ricki Carroll is a complex care and palliative care physician on the skeletal dysplasia and palliative care teams at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. Dr. Carroll works to provide a medical home and manage care for children with a wide array of skeletal dysplasias. Her background in palliative medicine allows her to focus on pain and symptom management needs for these children, teens and young adults. Dr. Carroll also leads the skeletal dysplasia consultative service, providing care for infants and children with skeletal dysplasias who are in the hospital. Additionally, drawing upon her Master’s in Bioethics, she is currently serving as co-Chair of the Nemours Ethics and Patients’ Rights Committee.

What I'm Passionate About

It’s an honor and a privilege to care for families, children and teens with skeletal dysplasias and medically complex conditions.  I aim to treat each child or teen as a whole, and not just treat the individual condition, as I feel spiritual and emotional needs are just as important as medical and physical ones. I try to intently listen to each child or teen and family when they are under my care, in hopes of understanding their story and their experience and, therefore, focusing goals of care to their individual needs. My medical interests include:  Clinical management of infants with skeletal dysplasias, including OI, thanatophoric dysplasia, and collagen-II-opathies Emerging medical treatments for skeletal dysplasias The elucidation of the natural history of OI and skeletal dysplasias The role of biomarkers in all skeletal dysplasias Management of chronic pain in adolescents and young adults with skeletal dysplasias Complex medical conditions Palliative care

How I Try to Make A Difference

I try to make a difference by focusing on each child or teen as if they are my one and only patient. I aim to provide a comforting environment for kids while they are in our care and always consider how to better manage symptoms and control any pain. I earned a master's degree in bioethics, and often call upon what I learned to help inform how I view the way the hospital and our teams deliver excellent care to children and teens.

Education & Training


  • Palliative Care - Department of Pediatrics/Palliative Care, 2019

Internship Residency

  • General Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2015

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2012

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 Rising Star Award, Nemours Physician Excellence Awards

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO DE/PA
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Skeletal Dysplasia

Research Activities

My research mainly concerns children with skeletal dysplasias. I serve as a co-Investigator for multiple clinical trials, including those involving patients with achondroplasia, rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctate (RCDP), and Sanfilippo syndrome (MPS III).  I am involved in projects related to biomarkers in children with skeletal dysplasias, as well.  


I also work on projects focused on quality improvement research within the field of palliative care, as well as ethics resident education.

Medical Interests

  • Palliative care
  • Complex medical conditions
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta

  • English