*Not eligible for CME/CNE credits
*Not eligible for CME/CNE credits
Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (cand.) is president and founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. After a decade of teaching and leadership at a Catholic college preparatory school and an international nonprofit, Arland launched the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2014. Early in his career he became a popular speaker and successful writer while he established the groundwork for the initiatives that would become the St. John Paul II Foundation. He is author, with Rev. John Leies of the forthcoming 4th edition of the Handbook on Critical Life Issues published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Arland earned a B.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M, an M.DIV. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, and is completing a Ph.D. in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. With the generous support of his wife, Cindy, and their eight children, Arland is blessed to lead the St. John Paul II Foundation as it serves, educates, and supports medical professionals, married couples, and clergy.
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 Potomac Shores, 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 at the high school and college levels for about 40 years. She has also written two textbooks for high school students: The Human Person ~ Dignity Beyond Compare and Called to Happiness ~ Guiding Ethical Principles.
Fernandes, MD, PhD, Ashley K., is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and a Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fernandes received an MD from The Ohio State University, a PhD in Philosophy from Georgetown University, and an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on bioethics. He directs ethics education for pediatric residents at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His scholarly interests include Catholic Christian bioethics, Medicine and the Holocaust studies, pediatric ethics, and philosophical anthropology as it relates to medical practice. He has presented his work at international forums, and is the author of scores of peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters. After a decade as a hospitalist, he is now an academic primary care pediatrician and has been an expert witness in court cases defending the rights of Christian healthcare professionals and prolife organizations. Dr. Fernandes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Pediatricians, an elected member of the AAP’s national 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 twice—in 2020 and in 2010. He has been awarded OSU’s highest honors for teaching, including the Award in Mentorship, Professor of the Year Award, and Master Teacher Award. He is an active member of the Catholic Medical Association and is part of their national speaker board, and a member of Ohio Right to Life’s Board of Trustees. Outside of medicine, his interests include hiking in the National Parks, history, travel, and tennis. He lives with his wife and two boys in Dublin, Ohio.
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 is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Hruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1987. As a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry in 1993 and M.D. Degree in 1994. He completed Residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Washington University. Hruz served at the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University from 2012-2017. He is a member of the University's Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program. Hruz is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He has also received certification in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.
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. is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at Saint Louis University. Dr. Yeung is Director of the SLUCare Restorative Fertility Clinic, and Director of the SLUCare Center for Endometriosis. 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.
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