Houston, TX

Sexuality & Fertility in Medicine

April 21, 2018 | 8:45AM - 6:15PM


WHEN Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:45 am

WHERE St. John Paul II Foundation
7730 Westview Dr
Houston, TX 77055

about Converging Roads

Where Health Care Ethics and Medicine Converge
Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. Converging Roads provides health care professionals, chaplains, students, and administrators with the most up-to-date training in health care ethics enabling them to more effectively care for their patients. An initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation, Converging Roads is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition and is presented in multiple local or regional conferences. Health care professionals receive continuing medical education credits, insight from national level speakers, and the opportunity for networking with local health care professionals.
Converging Roads™ is an initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation and presented in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston, University of St. Thomas, and CHI St. Luke's Health. To learn more about Converging Roads, click here.


  • Physician/Physician Assistant: $159
  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner: $139
  • General Admission*: $79
  • (Other health care professionals and non-health care professionals)
  • Medical Resident/Clergy/Religious*: $69
  • Student Scholarship Rate*: $10
  • (Undergraduate, graduate, medical, and nursing students)

*Not eligible for CME/CNE credits

  • Ministry/Non-Profit Registration (including CME/CNE credits): $170
  • (includes 1 general admission, with CME/CNE credits, and 1 table)
  • Ministry/Non-Profit Registration (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $100
  • (includes 1 general admission and 1 table)
  • Vendor/For-Profit Registration (including CME/CNE credits): $220
  • (includes 1 general admission, with CME/CNE credits, and 1 table)
  • Vendor Registration (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $150
  • (includes 1 general admission and 1 table)

*Not eligible for CME/CNE credits

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7:00 AM
Registration Begins
7:30 AM
  • Mass
  • Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Charles Hough IV, Rector, The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 AM
  • Hormonal Contraceptives: The "Why" Behind the "No"
  • Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Ph.D.
10:05-11:05 AM
  • Wellness As Respect for Persons: Developing Sensitivity to the Family Health of Practitioners and Patients
  • Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.
11:05-11:15 AM
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
  • Providing Medical and HIV Care for Men Who Have Sex with Men: Medical Perspectives of an Infectious Disease Physician and Deacon
  • Timothy P. Flanigan, Deacon and M.D.
12:15-1:45 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
12:55-1:45 PM
  • Gender Dysphoria in Children: Science, Ideology, and Ethics
  • Paul W. Hruz, M.D., Ph.D.
1:45-2:00 PM
2:00-3:00 PM
  • Can Hormonal Contraceptives be Used for Medical Reasons?
  • Patrick Yeung Jr., M.D.
3:05-4:05 PM
  • What is Lost?: The Psychological and Social Impact on Spouses Facing Infertility
  • Kelly A. Morrow, Ph.D.
4:05-4:15 PM
4:15-5:15 PM
  • "You May Not Get Pregnant": A Panel on Contraceptives
  • Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.) and more
5:15-6:15 PM
Closing Remarks and Wine & Cheese Reception


Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.)
President, St. John Paul II Foundation

Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.) is Founding President of the St. John Paul II Foundation in Houston. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Catholic Medical Association. Mr. Nichols received his BA in philosophy from Texas A&M, MA in Divinity from the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology. He holds a certificate in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is completing his Doctorate in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He has published several articles on health care ethics and spoken extensively across the United States.

Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Ph.D.
Chair of Bioethics, Saint John Paul the Great High School

Sister Terese Auer, O.P., Ph.D. is the head of the bioethics department and a teacher at Saint John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, Virginia. She is a board member of Human Life International. Sister Terese received her B.A. Degree in English from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI, and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. Sister Terese has taught on the topic of contraception from an ethical perspective at both the high school (20 years) and college levels (11 years). She has written two textbooks for high school students, one which deals directly with the topic of contraception and the other which deals with the principles of ethics.

Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He received an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University; an MD from The Ohio State University; and a PhD in Philosophy (Bioethics) from Georgetown University. Dr. Fernandes is board certified in General Pediatrics. Focusing on bioethics and professionalism education scholarship, he also practices both hospital and ambulatory pediatrics. Dr. Fernandes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an elected member of the AAP’s Executive Committee on Bioethics, a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society, and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award in 2010. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most recently The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s “Courage to Teach” and “Inspire” Awards. Dr. Fernandes has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association since medical school, and is a member of their national speaker board, traveling across the country to speak on issues in Christian bioethics. He is also an advisor to the CMA Medical Student Section, which awarded him the national Mentor of the Year Award in 2015. He lives with his wife Shruti (a family physician) and two boys in Dublin, Ohio.

Timothy P. Flanigan, Deacon and M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Brown University Division of Infectious Diseases, The Miriam Hospital

Timothy P. Flanigan, M.D. is Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the Brown Medical school. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical School. In 1991 he came to join Dr. Charles Carpenter to lead the HIV and AIDS program. He has received recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and from the HIV Medicine Association for his community-based work with HIV-infected men and women that are in prison and jail, and for providing educational support for their children. In 2013, he was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, RI. In 2014, he spent two months in Monrovia, Liberia helping the Catholic medical clinics and hospitals respond to the Ebola epidemic. He currently serves as a deacon at Saint Theresa’s and St. Christopher’s churches in Tiverton, RI.

Paul W. Hruz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine

Paul W. Hruz, M.D. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research. Hruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Marquette University and his Ph.D., M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed Residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Washington University. Dr. Hruz has also received certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He has served as a physician scientist at Washington University for the past 17 years. Dr. Hruz was the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University from 2012-2017. He also served as Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship program from 2008-2016. Among his teaching responsibilities, Hruz has contributed to the University's course on Research Ethics for graduate students. He is a member of the University's Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program. Dr. Hruz has contributed to seminal studies identifying mechanism of insulin resistance and diabetes in HIV infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapies. His contributions to the care of children with gender dysphoria include an in depth analysis of the use of pubertal suppression for this condition that was recently published in the New Atlantis. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.

Kelly A. Morrow, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Pope Paul VI Institute

Kelly Morrow, M.A., Ph.D. is the Clinical Psychologist at Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, Omaha, Nebraska. She is a clinical member and former member of the Board Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, member of the Nebraska Psychological Association, affiliate of the Catholic Medical Association, and associate of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals. Dr. Morrow received her B.A. from Hastings College, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Morrow has provided psychological care in medical settings for over 25 years. She provides integrated healthcare for patients with psychological and medical disorders including couples facing infertility and women with various Ob/Gyn disorders (e.g., PMDD, Postpartum Depression). Dr. Morrow has published research papers and articles on the topic of infertility, given presentations at medical and psychological professional meetings, and teaches at the Education Program for FertilityCare Practitioners.

Patrick Yeung Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Subspecialties, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Saint Louis University

Patrick Yeung Jr., M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at Saint Louis University. Dr. Yeung is Director of the SLUCare Center for Endometriosis, and Director of the SLUCare Restorative Fertility Clinic. He is Vice President of the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Yeung received his MD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and did his residency training at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Dr. Yeung has published over 40 articles in medical and ethics publications, and is a speaker at national and international conferences and courses. He recently presented the topic of his talk today at the last National Catholic Medical Association annual conference in Denver, CO where the St. Louis Guild was named the Guild of the Year.



Continuing education credits for healthcare professionals will be offered. 


St. John Paul II Foundation

7730 Westview Dr
Houston, TX 77055

For More Information:
Susie Lopez, Conference Coordinator

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