Duquesne University School of Law

Rhonda Gay Hartman, J.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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 a law professor in Pittsburgh 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 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. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she serves as a visiting professor at Duquesne University’s 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 presented most recently at Hofstra University School of Law, addressing the Affordable Care Act's impact on caring for children and adolescents, and at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, addressing patient awareness and education in reconstructive transplantation (hand/face transplant). 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.

Two of her publications, Face Value: Challenges of Transplant Technology, 31 American Journal of Law & Medicine 7 (2005), and The Face of Dignity: Principled Oversight of Biomedical Innovation, 47 Santa Clara Law Review 55 (2007), 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. 

Locally, Rhonda Gay Hartman is a member of 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
  • Health Care Law
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Law and Medical Ethics
  • Public Health Law and Policy
  • Torts


  • Innovative Surgery and Regulatory Oversight: Facial Transplantation, French National Assembly; Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris-VI), Paris, France
  • Panel Participant, Transnational Conference on Children, Innovative Surgery, and Health Care, Universitéde Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France


  • About Face: Changing Course for Law and Policy Governing Donor Tissue for Restorative Surgery, Grand Rounds Lecture, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Children and Public Health Law: Vaccination and Decision Making - Who Calls the Shots?, Grand Rounds Lecture, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Informed Medical Decision Making, Patient Awareness and Education, Reaching Consensus in Reconstructive Transplantation, Allocation, Awareness, and Funding, International Meeting of Reconstructive Transplant Surgeons, Johns Hopkins University            
  • 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, 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
  • The Challenges of Facial Transplant: Ethical and Policy Issues American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Adolescents’ Participation in Clinical Research, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University 
  • Misconceptions About Minors’ Medical Decision Making, Johns Hopkins University 
  • AIDS and Adolescents, 7th 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, Georgetown University Law Center
  • State Constitutions and Privacy in Medical Decision Making, Conference on State Constitutional Law, Temple Law School, Philadelphia 


  • Health Law Update: Old Problems and New Challenges, Continuing Legal Education, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Issues in Regenerative Medicine and the Care of Injured U.S. Veterans, UPMC Plastic and Reconstructive Transplant Surgery  
  • The Reproductive Technologies: Prospects and Possibilities, Guest Speaker, Introducing the film, “Frozen Angels” and Facilitating Audience Discussion, Human Rights Films Lecture Series, Abundance and Abuse, Duquesne University
  • Coming of Age: Challenges When Caring for Adolescents, University of Pittsburgh, Consortium Ethics Program
  • Medical Decision Making and Surrogate Relationships, UPMC East, Medical Grand Rounds
  • 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 
  • Lecture on Medical Decision Making and End-of-Life Care, Chatham University, Physician Assistant Program                                            
  • Unraveling Issues in Face Transplant, Health Law Society, Duquesne University School of Law
  • The Supreme Court and Physician Aid in Dying, Conference on Death and Dying, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Complexities of Capacity and Surrogate Decision Making, Grand Rounds Medical Staff, UPMC Passavant
  • Affordable Care Act and Adolescents:  Assessing the Challenges Ahead, Consortium Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lecture on Caring for Children, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Second Year Class                
  • Maximizing Patient Safety and Minimizing Liability, UPMC Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Informed Consent – As Defined by the Courts, UPMC Department of Surgery      
  • 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, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital                                                               
  • Law and Ethics: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows, UPMC Passavant Medical Staff                                                                              
  • Decision Making for Children and Adolescents: Special Concerns, The Watson Institute, Sewickley
  • Difficulties of Advance Directives (Still), Medical Grand Rounds, UPMC Passavant                                              
  • Affordable Care Act and Adolescents:  Addressing the Challenges Ahead, Consortium Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Medical Decision Making: Capacity and Consent, UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital
  • The Role of Law: Approaches to Resolving Conflicts in Clinical Settings, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital
  • Surrogate Relationships and Medical Decision Making, UPMC Shadyside Ethics Conference
  • Acceding to Advance Directives and Avoiding Liability, St. Clair Hospital
  • The Role of Law: Frameworks for Resolving Disputes in Hospital Settings, Grand Rounds, St. Clair Hospital                                                                                                                
  • Legal Aspects of End of Life Decision Making, University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Conference
  • Informed Consent:  What Courts Teach Us, University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Conference
  • Living and Dying: Emerging Ethical & Legal Issues in Adolescent Medical Decision Making, St. Clair Hospital
  • Pursuing Perfection, Altering Minds, Designing Babies, Transplanting Faces: What Does ‘Health Care’ Really Mean?, Thiel College
  • Adolescent Medical Decision Making: Trends and Developments, Meadville Medical Center
  • Rising from the Dead:  Using Post-Mortem Sperm for Procreation Grand Rounds, Medical Staff, University of Pittsburgh Department of Urology
  • Aging and Elder Care: What Health Providers Should Know, Somerset Memorial Hospital
  • Death and Dying, University of Pittsburgh School of Rehabilitation Science
  • ‘Family’ Decision Making: Roles, Responsibilities, Rights, and Restrictions, Western Pennsylvania Hospital Council
  • Informed Consent: Optimizing Process and Overcoming Obstacles, Bradford Medical Center
  • Innovative Technologies: Stem Cells, Cloning, and Beyond, UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital
  • Schiavo: Much Ado About, Well, Something, Thiel College and UPMC Horizon     
  • The ‘Endangered’ Human: Issues in Stem Cell and Cloning Research, West Virginia University School of Law
  • From Religion to Reproduction:  Emerging Issues in Adolescent Medicine, Consortium Ethics Program University of Pittsburgh
  • Face Value: Challenges in Facial Transplant, Grand Rounds, UPMC Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 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, Grand Rounds, UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine                    
  • Caring for Children and Adolescents:  Issues in Law and Ethics Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Mercy Health System
  • Informed Consent:  Legal and Ethical Issues in Neurological Surgery, Grand Rounds, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Geriatric Medical Care: End-of-Life Decision Making, Annual Conference of the Geriatric Medical Society
  • Adolescent Psychiatric Care: Eating Disorders, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic-UPMC 
  • Legal and Ethical Implications of the Duran Case, Grand Rounds Medical Staff, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Treating Adolescent Patients – Legal and Ethical Concerns, Adolescent Medicine Division, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Determining Decision-Making Capacity, Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System      
  • Advance Directives, Patients, and Physicians:  Silence Is Not So Golden, Heritage Health System Sewickley
  • Whither Thou Advance Directives:  Problems in Policy and Practice, Continuing Medical Education, Northwest Medical Center
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Managing Care for Patients, Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System
  • Mature Minors and Medical Decision Making, Ethics for the New Millennium, Pittsburgh Rotary Club
  • Advance Directives:  Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Grand Rounds Medical Staff, St. Francis Medical Center
  • The Seven Deadly Sins:  Advance Directives in Practice and in Law, Grand Rounds Medical Staff, St. Francis Medical Center
  • Informed Consent in Pediatric Research, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • The Ethical and Legal Aspects of Managed Care, Pittsburgh Catholic Medical Association and the St. Thomas More Society, Duquesne University School of Law
  • 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, 
  • Medical Decision Making by Minors:  Legal and Moral Perspectives, Conference on Law and Ethics in Clinical Practice, Consortium Ethics Program University of Pittsburgh
  • Autonomy and Advance Directives:  A Misunderstood Relationship, Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System
  • New Reproductive Practices--and Problems, Weirton Medical Center
  • Conceptualizing Genetic Identity:  Of Being and Bondage, Ethics Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh
  • Therapeutic Assurances:  Preventing Liability and Fostering Patient Interests, Grand Rounds Medical Staff, UPMC Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


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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