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Director, Ethics Center

Lee Ault Carter Chair of Pediatric Ethics

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


As a pediatrician hospitalist, I care for children and adolescents hospitalized for common problems such as asthma and pneumonia. I am also the director of Cincinnati Children’s Ethics Center and the Lee Ault Carter Chair of Pediatric Ethics.

I cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a doctor. I chose pediatrics because of children's resilience. Many children who require hospitalization have an acute illness from which they will fully recover. Children with a worsening chronic condition are also remarkably strong. In my practice as a hospitalist, I try to understand patients and their families' values and priorities and to make treatment recommendations that will help them achieve their goals.

My interest in ethics grew as I participated in my father's treatment for lung cancer when I was a college student. I saw what was important to him beyond his providers' technical competence and the difficult decisions he and my mother had to make.

Cincinnati Children's provides patients and their families access to clinical ethics consultation. This service helps them address situations about which they are uncertain, or about which people disagree what the right thing to do is. This service does not tell people what to do, but helps them identify and think through ethical issues.

My knowledge and experience in ethics have been recognized by my appointment to leadership roles, including associate editor for Pediatrics' Ethics Rounds and membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Bioethics.

In my research, I’m trying to improve clinical ethics consultation services and address specific ethical issues. For example, if a treatment is in short supply, what is the ethical way to determine who should receive it?

In my spare time, I am an avid road and mountain biker. I try to complete at least one 100-mile bike ride each year.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Hospital Medicine

Research Divisions

Hospital Medicine

My Education

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.

My Publications

Informed Consent Should Not Be Required for Apnea Testing and Arguing It Should Misses the Point. Antommaria, AH M; Sveen, W; Stalets, EL. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2020; 20:25-27.

The Potential Roles of Surrogacy Ladders, Standby Guardians, and Medicolegal Partnerships in Surrogate Decision Making for Parents of Minor Children. Matheny Antommaria, AH; Popp, PW. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 220:11-13.

Conflicting duties and reciprocal obligations during a pandemic. Antommaria, AH M. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:284-286.

Perspectives on informed consent practices for minimal-risk research involving foster youth. Greiner, MV; Beal, SJ; Antommaria, AH M. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:e20192845-e20192845.

The Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified Program: Fair, Feasible, and Defensible, But Neither Definitive Nor Finished. Antommaria, AH M; Feudtner, C; Benner, MB; Cohn, F. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2020; 20:1-5.

Relational Potential versus the Parent-Child Relationship. Antommaria, AH M. Hastings Center Report. 2019; 49:26-27.

Psychological Maltreatment and Medical Neglect of Transgender Adolescents: The Need for Recognition and Individualized Assessment. Antommaria, AH M; Shapiro, RA; Conard, LA E. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2019; 19:72-74.

Accepting Things at Face Value: Insurance Coverage for Transgender Health Care. Antommaria, AH M. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2018; 18:21-23.

To transfuse or not to transfuse? Jehovah's Witnesses and postoperative hemorrhage in pediatric otolaryngology. Redmann, AJ; Schopper, M; Antommaria, AH M; Ragsdale, J; de Alarcon, A; Rutter, MJ; Hart, CK; Myer, CM. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2018; 115:188-192.

Systematic review of typologies used to characterize clinical ethics consultations. DeSante-Bertkau, JE; McGowan, ML; Antommaria, AH M. The Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2018; 29:291-304.