Ethics Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Ethics Center is dedicated to helping Cincinnati Children's patients, families and staff address the ethical issues that arise in patient care, research and administrative activities.

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    Director

    Armand H. Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP

    Director, Ethics Center

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3656

    Email: armand.antommaria@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Bioethics; pediatric hospital medicine

    Biography

    Dr. Antommaria received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine and his PhD (Religious Ethics) from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2000.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2003 and joined its newly established Division of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine.  He moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2012 to become the Director of its Ethics Center and the Lee Ault Carter Chair in Pediatric Ethics.

    Dr. Antommaria has extensive experience as a clinical ethicist.  He has chaired hospital ethics committees and directed clinical ethics consultation services.  His research focuses on issues related to his clinical and administrative work such as donation after circulatory death and ventilator triage. 

    Dr. Antommaria is active in professional organizations including having completed a term on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Bioethics and serving on the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities’ Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee.

    Dr. Antommaria is also an experienced hospitalist.  He cares for both previously healthy children and children with complex chronic conditions who require hospitalization.

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2000.

    PhD: Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL, 2000.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2003.

    Publications

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    Ethics Consultation Subcommittee

    A photo Michelle Ernst.

    Michelle M. Ernst, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    michelle.ernst@cchmc.org

    Michelle M. Ernst, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Consultation-Liaison Service

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: michelle.ernst@cchmc.org

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    Specialties


    Biography

    Michelle M. Ernst received her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY-Buffalo in 2000, where she conducted research on pediatric obesity. She did her internship training in the O’Grady Residency in psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999-2000. She returned to Cincinnati Children's in 2005 as an assistant professor of pediatrics to develop the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service. Her clinical interests include coping with medical illness and procedures, pain and loss of functioning, anxiety/stress management and parent support. She conducts clinical effectiveness research promoting use of evidence-based care with pediatric inpatients.

    Education and Training

    PhD: SUNY, Buffalo, NY, 2000.

    Residency: O'Grady Residency in Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Publications

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    Jane B. Florer
    Senior Research Assistant, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-8244

    jane.florer@cchmc.org


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    Anne M. Lovell, RN, MSN, CPNP
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neurofibromatosis Center

    513-636-8826

    anne.lovell@cchmc.org

    Anne Lovell.

    Anne M. Lovell, RN, MSN, CPNP

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neurofibromatosis Center

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse; Adjunct Clinical Instructor / Genetic Counseling Program, University of Cincinnati, College of Applied Health Sciences

    Phone: 513-636-8826

    Email: anne.lovell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatrics; neurofibromatosis; bioethics

    Education and Training

    BSN: St. Xavier College School of Nursing, Chicago, IL., 1969.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, Cincinnati, OH, 1989. 

    Credentials: Ohio Board of Nursing, RN and APRN certification (Clinical Nurse Specialist); National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses (NAPNAP); Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training Programs (NCAST).

    Publications

    Judith McBride, Rev.

    Judith W. McBride, Rev., MDiv, BCC
    Staff Chaplain II, StarShine Hospice

    513-636-7211

    judy.mcbride@cchmc.org


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    Rev. William Scrivener, MDiv
    Senior Director, Pastoral Care

    513-636-4377

    bill.scrivener@cchmc.org

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    Curtis A. Sheldon, MD
    Founding Director, Urogenital Center

    513-636-4975

    curt.sheldon@cchmc.org

    Curtis A. Sheldon, MD

    Founding Director, Urogenital Center

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Fax: 513-636-6753

    Email: curt.sheldon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Complex genitourinary reconstructive surgery; renal transplantation; hypospadias

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, 1972 to 1976.

    Residency: Urology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1976 to 1981; General Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1981 to 1983.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1983 to 1985; Pediatric Urology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 1985 to 1986; Visiting Fellow, Pediatric Urology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1986.

    Certification: Adult and Pediatric Urology, 1982; Surgery, 1985; Pediatric Surgery, 1988.

    Publications

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    Yvonne Stepter, MSW, LISW
    Social Worker, Division of Social Services

    513-636-8221

    yvonne.stepter@cchmc.org

    Ethics Committee

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    Stefanie W. Benoit, MD, MPH
    Staff Physician, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    513-636-4214

    stefanie.benoit@cchmc.org

    Stefanie W. Benoit, MD, MPH

    Staff Physician, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    Phone: 513-636-4214

    Email: stefanie.benoit@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2010.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

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    C. Jan Borgman, MSW, LISW, FT
    Bereavement Program Manager, Pastoral Care

    513-636-0069

    jan.borgman@cchmc.org


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    Heather A. Ciesielski, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Center for ADHD

    513-636-4336

    heather.ciesielski@cchmc.org

    Heather A. Ciesielski, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Center for ADHD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: heather.ciesielski@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Assessment and treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related issues

    Education and Training

    PhD: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL.

    Internship: Centerstone, Inc., Bloomington, IN.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

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    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD
    Attending Neonatologist

    859-301-3850

    michael.crossman@cchmc.org

    Michael W. Crossman, MD, PhD

    Attending Neonatologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 859-301-3850

    Fax: 859-301-2066

    Email: michael.crossman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Intestinal function and host-microbial interactions; bioethics and neonatal palliative care

    Education and Training

    PhD: Biochemistry, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1985.

    MD: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1986.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986-1989; Chief resident, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989-1990.

    Fellowship: Neonatal- Perinatal Medical Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 1990-1993.

    Certification: Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, 1995, 2003.

    Publications

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    Jennifer L. Green, MS, CCLS
    Child Life Specialist, Child Life and Integrative Care

    513-636-8998

    jennifer.green@cchmc.org

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    Mary V. Greiner, MD
    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    513-636-9979

    mary.greiner@cchmc.org

    Mary V. Greiner, MD

    Director, CHECK Foster Care Clinic

    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9979

    Email: mary.greiner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse; foster care health

    Biography

    Mary Greiner, MD, is a child abuse pediatrician who is doing clinical research in child abuse and foster care health. She is studying abusive head trauma, with specific interest in the role of diagnostic radiology to determine risk factors for subdural hemorrhages, as well as looking at outcomes of children with head injury. Research in the disparities of foster care health as well as the impact of interventions, such as specialized care and focused screenings, is a second clinical focus.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008.

    Fellowship: Child Abuse, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

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    Sophia M. Hufnagel, MD
    Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-3740

    sophia.hufnagel@cchmc.org

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    Sophia M. Hufnagel, MD

    Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-3740

    Email: sophia.hufnagel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Medical genetics

    Biography

    There are many reasons Sophia Hufnagel, MD, chose to come to Cincinnati Children's: The atmosphere is thick with warmth and teamwork, between all levels of trainees/caretakers. Further, the training itself is fantastic, with learning opportunities present daily. It is impossible to not learn or not make friends in the midst of helping to change the outcome!

    Education and Training

    MD: George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2010.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

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    David J. Krier
    Vice President, Access Services and Family Relations

    513-636-2091

    dave.krier@cchmc.org


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    Nancy J. Morwessel, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-2444

    nancy.morwessel@cchmc.org

    Nancy J. Morwessel, MSN, APRN, RN, CNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Fax: 513-636-7576

    Email: nancy.morwessel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatric diabetes care and intensified insulin therapy; quality-of-life and well-being measurement; bioethics consultation and education; bereavement follow-up.

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1975.

    MSN: Child Health Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981. 

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1981.
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    Norbert J. Weidner, MD
    Anesthesiologist

    513-636-4408

    norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

    Norbert J. Weidner, MD

    Anesthesiologist

    Medical Director, StarShine Hospice

    Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care / PACT

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management

    Biography

    Norbert J. Weidner, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician as well as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Following training in pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as Dayton Children's Hospital, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia/critical care/regional anesthesia in Melbourne, Australia, for one year.

    Upon completion of his fellowship in 1988, Dr. Weidner joined the Department of Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children's. In addition to his staff duties as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Weidner was an attending staff in the pediatric intensive care unit for approximately two years.

    To incorporate the fellowship training he received in Australia, Dr. Weidner began the pain management group at Cincinnati Children's. He has participated in the pain management group both in the care of acute postoperative pain as well as chronic pain management.

    In 2004, Dr. Weidner received Board Certification with the American Board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Weidner has been affiliated with the hospice service at Cincinnati Children's since its inception and currently serves as StarShine Hospice's Medical Director .

    Dr. Weidner is passionate about partnering with families to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care to children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions. His vision to address the needs of this patient population resulted in the development of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) here at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Weidner serves as the director of this consulting service.

    Education and Training

    MD: Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, PA, 1975.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1975-77; Pediatrics, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH 1981-82; Anesthesia, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-87.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1988.

    Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, 1983; American Board of Pediatrics, 1989; Diplomat, American Board Medical Acupuncture, 2001; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2004.

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    Susan E. Wiley, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    513-636-4611

    susan.wiley@cchmc.org

    Susan E. Wiley, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine

    Pediatrician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    Fellowship Director

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4611

    Fax: 513-636-3800

    Email: susan.wiley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric hearing loss; dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; children with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Research

    Dual sensory impairment; deaf/hard of hearing plus; more than hearing loss

    Biography

    Dr. Wiley has served on state and national organizations to improve the early hearing detection and intervention activities across the United States. She served as the faculty chair on Improving Hearing Screening and Information Systems Initiative for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (2011-2013) and is a taskforce member with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify strategies to improve linkage of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) to the medical home.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, OH, 1994.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1997.

    Certification: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 2002.

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    Grants

    Network of 12 academic sites to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics Funding Source: Maternal and Child Health Research Program. Site Principal Investigator. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet). 2013–2016. UA3MC20218.

    Collaboration between WIC and EHDI to Improve Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screen. Co-Investigator. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Research and Dissemination.  2013–2014.

    Partnerships that Promote Integrated, Multidisciplinary Training Models and Increase Healthcare Access for the Ohio Medicaid Population in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Family Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Child Psychiatry. Co-Investigator. 2013–2014.

    Early Language and Functional Expectations (LIFE) Study of Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss. Co-Investigator. March of Dimes. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. 2014–2015.

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    Other Team Members

    The Ethics Committee also includes:

    • Doug Clapp, PhD, community representative
    • Tyson Hermes, community representative
    • Hadia Khan, community representative
    • Pam Popp, RN, JD, community representative
    • Lee Carter, a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center trustee
    • Vanessa Carbonell, PhD, professor of ethics, University of Cincinnati
    • Velissarios Karacostas, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, University of Cincinnati