Norbert J. Weidner, MD

Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor

Phone 513-636-4408

Fax 513-636-2920


Pediatric palliative care; pediatric anesthesia

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.

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.

View PubMed Publications

Henderson C, Fitzgerald M, Weidner NJ, Hoehn S. Pediatrician Ambiguity in Understanding Palliative Sedation at the End of Life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015 Oct 5.

Benoit S, Antommaria AH, Weidner N, Lorts A. Difficult decision: What should we do when a VAD-supported child experiences a severe stroke? Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Mar;19(2):139-43.

Klick JC, Friebert S, Hutton N, Osenga K, Pituch KJ, Vesel T, Weidner NJ, Block SD, Morrison LJ, and on behalf of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Competencies Work Group. Pediatrics: Developing Competencies for Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1670-7.

Weidner NJ, Plantz D. Ethical Considerations in the Management of Analgesia in Terminally Ill Pediatric Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2014;(48)5:998-1003.

Weidner NJ, Cameron M, et al. End-of-Life Care for the Dying Child: What matters most to parents. Journal of Palliative Care. 2011;(27)4:279-286.

Goldschneider KR, Weidner NJ, Racadio JM. Celiac Plexus Blockade in Children Using a 3-D Fluoroscopic Reconstruction Technique. Reg Anes Pain Manage. 2007;32:510-15.

Weidner NJ. Pediatric palliative care. Curr Oncol Rep. 2007 Nov;9(6):437-9. Review.

Weidner NJ. The evolution of pediatric palliative medicine and its integration with anesthesia. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2006 Winter;44(1):109-18. Review.

Weidner NJ. Developing an interdisciplinary palliative care plan for the patient with muscular dystrophy. Pediatr Ann. 2005 Jul;34(7):546-52. Review.