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Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Board Certified

"I think it's important for medical clinicians to partner with patients and families in making medical decisions. We each bring different areas of expertise to the process. We have an opportunity to work together and learn from each other while providing care to children."

About Me

Biography

As a pediatric hospitalist, I care for children admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I work as a frontline clinician, a supervising doctor and a pediatric consultant to the surgical services.

I think it's important for medical clinicians to partner with patients and families in making medical decisions. We each bring different areas of expertise to the process. We have an opportunity to work together and learn from each other while providing care to children.

I grew up working with children who had special healthcare needs. My experiences inspired me to use medical knowledge to improve the lives of patients and families. My love of working with children on a regular basis led me to pediatrics.

My research focuses on improving medical ethics education for clinicians.

I’ve written descriptive and standardizing accounts of the parent-child relationship in families with young adults with special needs. This work includes principles to guide resource allocation within the family of a child with special healthcare needs.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my two children and learning about children from a parent's perspective.

Clinical Interests

Hospital medicine

Research Interests

Clinical ethics

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Hospital Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.

MBE: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2013; Healthcare Clinical Ethics Consultant, 2018.

My Publications

Ethics of Pediatric and Young Adult Medical Decision-Making: Case-Based Discussions Exploring Consent, Capacity, and Surrogate Decision-Making. deSante-Bertkau, J; Herbst, LA. MedEdPORTAL. 2021; 17.

Teaching Ethics and Professionalism: A National Survey of Ophthalmology Residency Program Directors. Kretz, AM; deSante-Bertkau, JE; Boland, MV; Guo, X; Collins, ME. 2021; 13:e88-e94.

Ethical Dilemmas at the Beginning and End of Life: A Needs-Based, Experience-Informed, Small-Group, Case-Based Curriculum for Pediatric Residents. Herbst, LA; deSante-Bertkau, J. MedEdPORTAL. 2020; 16.

When Specialty Care Is Unavailable to Rural Families. deSante-Bertkau, JE; Shubkin, CD; Nelson, WA; Salter, EK; Lantos, JD. Pediatrics. 2019; 144.

Systematic Review of Typologies Used to Characterize Clinical Ethics Consultations. DeSante-Bertkau, JE; McGowan, ML; Antommaria, AH M. Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2018; 29:291-304.

Resuscitation Decisions of Extremely Premature Infants at the Limits of Viability: Defining Best Interests. deSante-Bertkau, JE; Haberman, B. American Journal of Bioethics. 2017; 17:86-88.