Armand H. Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP

Director, Ethics Center

Lee Ault Carter Chair of Pediatric Ethics

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-3656


Bioethics; pediatric hospital medicine

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.

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.

View PubMed Publications

Antommaria AH, Sweney J, Poss WB. Critical Appraisal of: Triaging Pediatric Critical Care Resources During a Pandemic: Ethical and Medical Considerations. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012;11:396-400.

Antommaria AH, Powell T, Miller JE, Christian MD. Ethical Issues in Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(6 Suppl):S163-8.

Antommaria AH, Trotochaud K, Kinlaw K, Hopkins PN, Frader J. Policies on Donation After Cardiac Death at Children’s Hospitals: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Variation. JAMA. 2009;301:1902-8.

Committee on Bioethics. Antommaria AH Lead Author. Physician Refusal to Provide Information or Treatment Based on Claims of Conscience. Pediatrics. 2009;124;1689-93.

Antommaria AH. Defending Positions or Identifying Interests: The Uses of Ethical Argumentation in the Debate over Conscience in Clinical Practice. Theor Med Bioeth. 2009;29:201-12.

Antommaria AH, Firth SD, Maloney CG. The Evaluation of an Innovative Pediatric Clerkship Structure Using Multiple Outcome Variables including Career Choice. J Hosp Med. 2007;2:401-8.

Antommaria AH. Who Should Survive?: One of the Choices on Our Conscience:’ Mental Retardation and the History of Contemporary Bioethics. Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2006;16:205-224.