Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Faculty and Staff

Rhonda Gay Hartman J.D.

Rhonda Gay Hartman
Lecturer on Health Law and Policy


Rhonda Gay Hartman is a law professor in Pittsburgh who has lectured on Health Law, Policy, and Management in Chatham University’s MBA Program from 2004 to the present. Since serving as a Law Clerk for Judge Alan N. Bloch of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Professor 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 teaches at Duquesne University’s School of Law.

From Pittsburgh to Paris, Professor 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 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). Professor 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 (referee) 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.

Professor 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.

Locally, Rhonda Gay Hartman has served on the Boards of two of Pittsburgh’s legacy organizations: Ladies’ Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) and Twentieth Century Club.

Rhonda Gay Hartman lives in Sewickley with her husband, David, and their “furry child,” Ollie.


  • Noblesse Oblige: States’ Obligations to Minors Living with Life-Limiting Conditions, 50 Duquesne Law Review 333 (Professor Hartman, the Faculty Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Health Care Law, also authored the Forward, Emerging Issues in Health Care Reform at the Federal, State, and Local Levels);
  • Gault’s Legacy: Dignity, Due Process, and Adolescents’ Liberty Interests in Living Donation, 22 Notre Dame J. Law, Ethics & Public Policy 67;
  • Tripartite Triage Concerns: Issues for Law and Ethics, 31 Critical Care Medicine S358;
  • The Face of Dignity: Principled Oversight of Biomedical Innovation, 47 Santa Clara Law Review 55;
  • Face Value: Challenges of Transplant Technology, 31 American J. Law & Medicine 7;
  • Word from the Academies: A Primer for Legal Policy Analysis Regarding Adolescent Research Participation, 4 Rutgers J. Law & Public Policy 151;
  • AIDS and Adolescents, 7 J. Health Care Law & Policy 280;
  • Dying Young: Cues from the Courts, 158 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (JAMA Pediatrics) 615;
  • Adolescent Decisional Autonomy for Medical Care: Physician Perceptions and Practices, 8 University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 87;
  • Coming of Age: Devising Legislation for Adolescent Medical Decision Making, 28 American J. Law & Medicine 409;
  • Adolescent Autonomy: Clarifying an Ageless Conundrum, 51 Hastings Law J. 1265;
  • Privacy Implications of Proposed Mandatory Registry for Bone Marrow Donation, 54 U. Pittsburgh Law Review 531;
  • Privacy and the States, 65 Temple Law Quarterly 1279 (with Ken Gormley);
  • Beyond Moore: Issues of Law and Policy Impacting Human Cell and Genetic Research in the Age of Biotechnology, 14 Journal of Legal Medicine 463;
  • 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).