Rhonda Gay Hartman, J.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Hanley Hall 329

Phone Number: 412.396.4634

E-Mail Address: hartmanrg@duq.edu

Education: J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Rhonda Gay Hartman is an assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Law who specializes in health law and policy and children's rights. Since serving as a law clerk for Judge Alan N. Bloch of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Hartman has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University; a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law; a visiting professor at Duquesne University School of Law; a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine; and a research associate professor in the Department of General Medicine and interim associate director of the Consortium Ethics Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Hartman received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

From Pittsburgh to Paris, Hartman has been invited to present her work at various conferences, universities and institutions. Her work focuses on legal and policy issues in innovative surgical procedures and on the rights of children and adolescents in health care including the intersection of medical ethics and the law. She has been interviewed by NPR, BBC, and other media outlets about her work. She has worked with state and federal lawmakers regarding drafting of legislation, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and to Senator Edward M. Kennedy to foster national policy for promotion of youth development through the Younger Americans Act. Hartman’s scholarship appears in numerous law and medical journals, and leading law textbooks discuss and reprint her contributions. She serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and JAMA Pediatrics.

Several of her publications examine composite tissue allograft transplant (reconstructive transplant surgery) and particularly face and hand transplant. She also authored the chapter about ethical and policy concerns of hand and face transplantation in the field’s seminal medical treatise, Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts (Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, publisher). In addition to publishing, her expertise led to collaborations with leading surgical teams at Johns Hopkins and UPMC which established standards and protocols for reconstructive transplantation.

Hartman co-chaired and wrote the report for the Subcommittee on Medical Ethics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Task Force for Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care. She has served on the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Task Force on Women in Academic Medicine. She has also served on institutional review boards as well as on ethics committees and consultation services, and agreed to serve as the interim director for a health care ethics program at Duquesne University. She is a member of organizations such as the Federal Bar Association and the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics as well as the Royal Society of Medicine of England.

Locally, Rhonda Gay Hartman is a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Association and the Alliance Francaise de Pittsburgh as well as the Art and Literary Societies of the Duquesne Club. She has served on the boards of two of Pittsburgh’s legacy organizations: Twentieth Century Club and Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS). At LHAS, she served as an officer and on both executive board and the board of directors. 

Children and the Law (Spring 2019)

Drug Regulation: Current Issues (Spring 2019)

Health Care Law (Fall 2018/Fall 2019)

Health Care Fraud and Abuse (Fall 2018)

Health Care Organizations (Fall 2019)

Law and Medical Ethics (Spring 2020)

Public Health Law and Policy (Spring 2020)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:  JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Ethical and Policy Concerns of Hand/Face Transplantation
Chapter 30, Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts, Medical Treatise

Emerging Issues in Health Care Reform at the Federal, State, and Local Levels,
50 Duquesne Law Review 231

Noblesse Oblige: States’ Obligations to Minors Living with Life-Limiting Conditions,
50 Duquesne Law Review 333 

Gault’s Legacy: Dignity, Due Process, and Adolescents’ Liberty Interests in Living Donation
22 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 101

The Face of Dignity:  Principled Oversight of Biomedical Innovation
47 Santa Clara Law Review 55

Word from the Academies: A Primer for Legal Policy Analysis Regarding Adolescent Research Participation
4 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 151

Face Value: Challenges of Transplant Technology
31 American Journal of Law & Medicine

AIDS and Adolescents
7 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 280

Dying Young: Cues from the Courts
158 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 615

Tripartite Triage Concerns: Issues for Law and Ethics
31 Critical Care Medicine 358

Coming of Age: Devising Legislation for Adolescent Medical Decision-Making
28 American Journal of Law & Medicine 409

No Means No!: Reinforcing the Right to Refuse Medical Treatment
8 (1) Community Ethics

Adolescent Decisional Autonomy for Medical Care: Physician Perceptions and Practices
8 University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 87

Adolescence, Medicine, and the Law: Dangerous Liaisons
Community Ethics, Special Supplement

Adolescent Autonomy: Clarifying an Ageless Conundrum
51 California University-Hastings Law Journal 1265

Beyond Moore:  Issues of Law and Policy Impacting Human Cell and Genetic Research in the Age of Biotechnology
14 Journal of Legal Medicine 463

Hateful Expression and First Amendment Values:  Toward a Theory Of Constitutional Constraint on Hate Speech at Colleges and Universities after R.A.V. v. St. Paul
19 Journal of College & University Law 343

The Privacy Implications of a Proposed Mandatory Registry for Bone Marrow Donation
54 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 531

Revitalizing Group Defamation as a Remedy for Hate Speech on Campus
71 Oregon Law Review 855

The Kentucky Bill of Rights:  A Bicentennial Celebration
80 Kentucky Law Journal 1 (with Ken Gormley) 

Privacy and the States
65 Temple Law Review 1279 (with Ken Gormley)

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Book Chapters

Ethical and Policy Concerns of Hand/Face Transplantation

Ethical and Policy Concerns of Hand/Face Transplantation
Chapter 30, Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts, Medical Treatise.

https://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387746814

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Articles

Implementing Public Health Goals for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Through Law

Implementing Public Health Goals for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Through Law
171 JAMA Pediatrics 315

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2601245
Adolescent Decisional Autonomy for Medical Care: Physician Perceptions and Practices

Adolescent Decisional Autonomy for Medical Care: Physician Perceptions and Practices
8 University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 87

https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/roundtable/vol8/iss1/5/
Gault’s Legacy: Dignity, Due Process, and Adolescents’ Liberty Interests in Living Donation

Gault’s Legacy: Dignity, Due Process, and Adolescents’ Liberty Interests in Living Donation
22 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 101

https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndjlepp/vol22/iss1/3/
Coming of Age: Devising Legislation for Adolescent Medical Decision-Making

Coming of Age: Devising Legislation for Adolescent Medical Decision-Making
28 American Journal of Law & Medicine 409

Face Value: Challenges of Transplant Technology

Face Value: Challenges of Transplant Technology
31 American Journal of Law & Medicine 7

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/009885880503100101
Tripartite Triage Concerns: Issues for Law and Ethics

Tripartite Triage Concerns: Issues for Law and Ethics
31 Critical Care Medicine 358

https://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=00003246-200305001-00005
The Face of Dignity: Principled Oversight of Biomedical Innovation

The Face of Dignity:  Principled Oversight of Biomedical Innovation
47 Santa Clara Law Review 55

https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/lawreview/vol47/iss1/2/
AIDS and Adolescents

AIDS and Adolescents
7 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 280

https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/jhclp/vol7/iss2/4/
Emerging Issues in Health Care Reform at the Federal, State, and Local Levels

Emerging Issues in Health Care Reform at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
50 Duquesne Law Review 231

Noblesse Oblige: States’ Obligations to Minors Living with Life-Limiting Conditions

Noblesse Oblige: States’ Obligations to Minors Living with Life-Limiting Conditions
50 Duquesne Law Review 333.

Word from the Academies: A Primer for Legal Policy Analysis Regarding Adolescent Research Participation

Word from the Academies: A Primer for Legal Policy Analysis Regarding Adolescent Research Participation
4 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 151.

https://rutgerspolicyjournal.org/word-academies-primer-legal-policy-analysis-reg...
Dying Young: Cues from the Courts

Dying Young: Cues from the Courts
158 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 615.

No Means No!: Reinforcing the Right to Refuse Medical Treatment

No Means No!: Reinforcing the Right to Refuse Medical Treatment
8 (1) Community Ethics 5

Adolescence, Medicine, and the Law: Dangerous Liaisons

Adolescence, Medicine, and the Law: Dangerous Liaisons
Community Ethics, Special Supplement

Adolescent Autonomy: Clarifying an Ageless Conundrum

Adolescent Autonomy: Clarifying an Ageless Conundrum
51 California University-Hastings Law Journal 1265

https://repository.uchastings.edu/hastings_law_journal/vol51/iss6/4/
Beyond Moore: Issues of Law and Policy Impacting Human Cell and Genetic Research in the Age of Biotechnology

Beyond Moore:  Issues of Law and Policy Impacting Human Cell and Genetic Research in the Age of Biotechnology
14 Journal of Legal Medicine 463

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01947649309510924
Hateful Expression and First Amendment Values: Toward a Theory Of Constitutional Constraint on Hate Speech at Colleges and Universities after R.A.V. v. St. Paul

Hateful Expression and First Amendment Values: Toward a Theory Of Constitutional Constraint on Hate Speech at Colleges and Universities after R.A.V. v. St. Paul
19 Journal of College & University Law 343

The Privacy Implications of a Proposed Mandatory Registry for Bone Marrow Donation

The Privacy Implications of a Proposed Mandatory Registry for Bone Marrow Donation
54 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 531

Revitalizing Group Defamation as a Remedy for Hate Speech on Campus

Revitalizing Group Defamation as a Remedy for Hate Speech on Campus
71 Oregon Law Review 855

The Kentucky Bill of Rights, A Bicentennial Celebration

The Kentucky Bill of Rights: A Bicentennial Celebration
80 Kentucky Law Journal 1 (with Ken Gormley)

Privacy and the States

Privacy and the States
65 Temple Law Review 1279 (with Ken Gormley)

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Invited Lectures and Presentations - International

Innovative Surgery and Regulatory Oversight: Facial Transplantation

Innovative Surgery and Regulatory Oversight: Facial Transplantation, French National Assembly; Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris-VI), Paris, France.

Transnational Conference on Children, Innovative Surgery, and Health Care

Panel Participant, Transnational Conference on Children, Innovative Surgery, and Health Care, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Invited Lectures and Presentations - National

Caring for Children and Adolescents, Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act: Implementing National Policy from Birth to End of Life

Caring for Children and Adolescents, Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act: Implementing National Policy from Birth to End of Life, Hofstra University Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY

Informed Decision Making, Patient Awareness and Education, Reaching Consensus in Reconstructive Transplantation, Allocation, Awareness, and Funding

Informed Decision Making, Patient Awareness and Education, Reaching Consensus in Reconstructive Transplantation, Allocation, Awareness, and Funding, International Meeting of Reconstructive Transplant Surgeons, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Gray Matter: Legal Approaches to the Medical Decision Making Capacity of Adolescents and Older Adults

Gray Matter: Legal Approaches to the Medical Decision Making Capacity of Adolescents and Older Adults, American Society on Aging Annual Conference, Chicago

Allograft Transplantation: Challenges of Complex Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford Medicine Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Allograft Transplantation: Challenges of Complex Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford Medicine Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University.

Mapping the Legal, Ethical, and Policy Issues in Hand, Face, and Limb Transplant

Mapping the Legal, Ethical, and Policy Issues in Hand, Face, and Limb Transplant, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, In conjunction with the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine of the United States Department of Defense, Baltimore.

Children and Public Health Law: Vaccination and Decision Making - Who Calls the Shots?

Children and Public Health Law: Vaccination and Decision Making - Who Should Calls the Shots?, Grand Rounds Lecture, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

About Face: Changing Course for Law and Policy Governing Donor Tissue for Restorative Surgery

About Face: Changing Course for Law and Policy Governing Donor Tissue for Restorative Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Challenges of Facial Transplant: Ethical and Policy Issues American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The Challenges of Facial Transplant: Ethical and Policy Issues American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Cleveland

Misconceptions About Minors’ Medical Decision Making

Misconceptions About Minors’ Medical Decision Making, Pediatricians, Pediatric Residents and Fellow, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore.

Emerging Public Health Issues for Children: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and the Role of Law

Emerging Public Health Issues for Children: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and the Role of Law, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence, R.I.

Adolescents’ Participation in Clinical Research

Adolescents’ Participation in Clinical Research, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University.

Geriatric Medical Care: End-of-Life Decision Making

Geriatric Medical Care: End-of-Life Decision Making, Annual Conference of the Geriatric Medical Society, Pittsburgh

AIDS and Adolescents

AIDS and Adolescents, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities focused on Suffering and Justice, Washington, D.C.

Coming of Age: Adolescence and the Law

Coming of Age: Adolescence and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

State Constitutions and Privacy in Medical Decision Making

State Constitutions and Privacy in Medical Decision Making, Conference on State Constitutional Law, Temple Law School, Philadelphia

Invited Lectures and Presentations - Local and Regional

Health Law Update: Old Problems and New Challenges

Health Law Update: Old Problems and New Challenges, Continuing Legal Education, Duquesne University School of Law.

Cloning: Animal-Human Hybrids and Three-Parent Embryos

Federalist Society, Cloning: Animal-Human Hybrids and Three-Parent Embryos, Commentary, Duquesne University School of Law

Issues in Regenerative Medicine and the Care of Injured U.S. Veterans

Issues in Regenerative Medicine and the Care of Injured U.S. Veterans, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Transplant Surgery, Department of Survey, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Moore or Less: The Case of John Moore, Informed Consent, and Lessons for Human Tissue Research

Moore or Less: The Case of John Moore, Informed Consent, and Lessons for Human Tissue Research, Research Integrity Seminar, Biomedical Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Biomedical Science Tower.

Decision-Making Capacity and Surrogate Decision Making

Decision-Making Capacity and Surrogate Decision Making, Medical Grand Rounds, UPMC Passavant

Lecture on Caring for Children

Lecture on Caring for Children, Presentation at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Second Year Class.

Mental Health Treatment: Issues Arising in Clinical Settings (Or, “The Patient Ought to be Committed – What Do We Do Now?”)

Mental Health Treatment: Issues Arising in Clinical Settings (Or, “The Patient Ought to be Committed – What Do We Do Now?”), Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital.

Ageless Challenges in Patient Care: Mental Capacity

Ageless Challenges in Patient Care: Mental Capacity, Presentation at Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital.

Law and Ethics: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows

Law and Ethics: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows, Medical Grand Rounds, UPMC Passavant.

What Does 'Informed Consent' Mean? Challenges in IVF

What Does 'Informed Consent' Mean? Challenges in IVF, Medical Grand Rounds, UPMC Magee Women's Hospital

Medical Decision Making and Surrogate Relationships

Medical Decision Making and Surrogate Relationships, University of Pittsburgh Health Care Ethics Conference.

The Role of Law: Approaches to Resolving Conflicts in Clinical Settings

The Role of Law: Approaches to Resolving Conflicts in Clinical Settings, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital

Surrogate Relationships and Medical Decision Making

Surrogate Relationships and Medical Decision Making, UPMC Shadyside Ethics Conference.

Acceding to Advance Directives and Avoiding Liability

Acceding to Advance Directives and Avoiding Liability, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital.

Informed Consent: What Courts Teach Us

Informed Consent: What Courts Teach Us, University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Program.

The Reproductive Technologies: Prospects and Possibilities

The Reproductive Technologies : Prospects and Possibilities, Guest Speaker, Introducing the film, “Frozen Angels,” Human Rights Films Lecture Series, Abundance and Abuse, Duquesne University.

Living and Dying: Emerging Ethical & Legal Issues in Adolescent Medical Decision Making

Living and Dying: Emerging Ethical & Legal Issues in Adolescent Medical Decision Making, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital.

Pursuing Perfection, Altering Minds, Designing Babies, Transplanting Faces: What Does ‘Health Care’ Really Mean?,

Pursuing Perfection, Altering Minds, Designing Babies, Transplanting Faces: What Does ‘Health Care’ Really Mean?, Thiel College, Greenville, PA

Adolescent Medical Decision Making: Trends and Developments

Adolescent Medical Decision Making: Trends and Developments, Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA

Rising from the Dead: Using Post-Mortem Sperm for Procreation

Rising from the Dead: Using Post-Mortem Sperm for Procreation, Medical Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh Department of Urology.

Aging and Elder Care: What Health Providers Should Know

Aging and Elder Care: What Health Providers Should Know, Somerset Memorial Hospital, Somerset, PA

Death and Dying

Death and Dying, University of Pittsburgh School of Rehabilitation Science.

‘Family’ Decision Making: Roles, Responsibilities, Rights, and Restrictions

‘Family’ Decision Making: Roles, Responsibilities, Rights, and Restrictions, Allegheny General Hospital, Western Penn Allegheny Health System.

Informed Consent: Optimizing Process and Overcoming Obstacles

Informed Consent: Optimizing Process and Overcoming Obstacles, Bradford Medical Center, Bradford, PA

Innovative Technologies: Stem Cells, Cloning, and Beyond

Innovative Technologies: Stem Cells, Cloning, and Beyond, Medical Grand Rounds, UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital.

Schiavo: Much Ado About, Well, Something

Schiavo: Much Ado About, Well, Something, Thiel College and UPMC Horizon, Greenville, PA

Mature Minors and Medical Decision Making

Mature Minors and Medical Decision Making, Medical Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The ‘Endangered’ Human: Issues in Stem Cell and Cloning Research

The ‘Endangered’ Human: Issues in Stem Cell and Cloning Research, West Virginia University School of Law, Morgantown, W.Va.

From Religion to Reproduction: Emerging Issues in Adolescent Medicine

From Religion to Reproduction:  Emerging Issues in Adolescent Medicine Conference, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

Face Value: Challenges in Facial Transplant

Face Value: Challenges in Facial Transplant, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Face Value: Personal Identity and Property Interests in Facial Transplant Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Face Value: Personal Identity and Property Interests in Facial Transplant, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh.

In re Duran and Refusal of Care: Medical and Legal Issues

In re Duran and Refusal of Care: Medical and Legal Issues, Medical Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh Department of General Internal Medicine.

Caring for Children and Adolescents: Issues in Law and Ethics

Caring for Children and Adolescents: Issues in Law and Ethics, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, UPMC Mercy.

Informed Consent: Legal and Ethical Issues in Neurological Surgery

Informed Consent: Legal and Ethical Issues in Neurological Surgery, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Neurological Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Adolescent Psychiatric Care: Challenges of Eating Disorders and Decision Making Capacity

Adolescent Psychiatric Care: Challenges of Eating Disorders and Decision Making Capacity, Western Psychiatric Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.

Legal and Ethical Implications of the Duran Case

Legal and Ethical Implications of the Duran Case, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Treating Adolescent Patients – Legal and Ethical Concerns

Treating Adolescent Patients – Legal and Ethical Concerns, Adolescent Medicine Division, UPMC Children's Hospital.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Advance Directives in Practice and in Law

The Seven Deadly Sins: Advance Directives in Practice and in Law, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Advance Directives, Patients, and Physicians: Silence Is Not So Golden

Advance Directives, Patients, and Physicians: Silence Is Not So Golden, Medical Grand Rounds, Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley, PA.

Whither Thou Advance Directives: Problems in Policy and Practice

Whither Thou Advance Directives: Problems in Policy and Practice, Continuing Medical Education, UPMC Northwest Medical Center.

The Ethical and Legal Aspects of Managed Care

The Ethical and Legal Aspects of Managed Care, Pittsburgh Catholic Medical Association and the St. Thomas More Society, Duquesne University.

Cell Lines: Ethics and Patenting of Patient Materials

Cell Lines: Ethics and Patenting of Patient Materials, Research Integrity Seminar, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Divisions of Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation and Oncology.

Autonomy and Advance Directives: A Misunderstood Relationship

Autonomy and Advance Directives:  A Misunderstood Relationship, Medical Grand Rounds, Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Allegheny Health System.

New Reproductive Practices—and Problems

New Reproductive Practices and Problems and the Role of Law. Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va.

Therapeutic Assurances: Preventing Liability and Fostering Patient Interests

Therapeutic Assurances:  Preventing Liability and Fostering Patient Interests, Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.