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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.
Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, 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.
Sarah Hill, PhD is the Regional Vice President of Mission Integration for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. She is an executive committee member of the Supportive Care Coalition, a coalition of 19 Catholic health systems committed to advancing palliative care. She is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center's External Advisory board, the Catholic Health Association's Theology and Ethics Committee, and the Florida Catholic Conferencce of Bishop's End of Life Care Committee. Dr. Hill received her B.S. degree from Marquette University, her M.A. from the University of West Florida and her PhD in Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University. Dr. Hill has delivered presentations including keynote addresses on ethics and palliative care at various national and regional events including the Catholic Health Association Annual Assembly, the Center to Advance Palliative Care annual assembly, the American Society on Aging, and the Supportive Care Congress and has written articles and a book chapter on ethics and palliative care.
Dominique J. Monlezun, MD, PhD, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Bioethics at the Italian Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and Mexican Universidad Anáhuac, Professor (Adjunct Asst.) of Cardiology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT-Houston McGovern Medical School, Chief Data Scientist at Global System Analytics & Structures, Research Scholar for the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights, and Principal Investigator and Senior Data Scientist for over 50 biomedical randomized and cohort trials. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and AΩA Honor Medical Society. Dr. Monlezun received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, his first AI-focused PhD in Global Health Management & Policy from Tulane University School of Public Health, and his second PhD in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum. Dr. Monlezun has co-authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, conference presentations, and book chapters in addition to the first four comprehensive books on AI-driven human rights and equity in global bioethics, multicultural metaphysics, healthcare system management, and global public health, while practicing and teaching medicine, public health, data science, and ethics for graduate students on 4 continents.
Father Philip G. Bochanski, MDiv, MA is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Executive Director of Courage International. He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association. Father Bochanski received the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Father Bochanski has more than twenty-two years’ experience in pastoral care, including parish, nursing home and hospital settings, as well as 11 years as chaplain for the Courage apostolate, which provides pastoral support for people who experience same-sex attractions and desire to live a chaste life. He is the author of numerous talks, articles and book chapters on pastoral care, including the chapter “Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying” in Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love” (Travaline & Mitchell, eds., CUA Press, 2016).
Dr. Trumble is a practicing Geriatrician and Certified Medical Director at Trumen Physicians and Associates in Houston Texas. He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, The Harris County Medical Society, AMDA-The Society for Post-actue and Long Term Care Medicine, The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine and The American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Trumble received his B.A. degree at The University of Texas, his M.D. from McGovern Medical School in Houston Texas and Fellowship in Geriatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice/Palliative Care Medicine. He is medical director for several nursing homes, a hospice in the Houston area and is the attending physician at 2 convents for retired religious sisters.
Kathryn A. Karges, MD, FACOG is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her practice, Baylor St. Luke’s Caritas Women’s Care, is located in Sugar Land, Texas. She is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Karges received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond in Virginia and her Doctorate of Medicine from The University of Maryland in Baltimore. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, followed by a 1 year fellowship in NaProTechnology and The Creighton Model system of Natural Family Planning, in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been in private practice in the Houston, Texas area since 2012. Her practice specializes in providing whole – woman, patient- centered care. The practice utilizes all systems of Natural Family Planning to help patients realize their family goals, assists couples who have recurrent pregnancy loss or suffer from infertility, and ethically provides care for women who suffer from a variety of gynecologic disorders. She also is part of the Abortion Pill Reversal Network. She has been invited to speak at several Catholic conferences and groups in the past. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and 3 dogs. She tolerates her son’s pet snake.
Dr. Michael Parker attended Kenyon College where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Biology. In the fall of 1985, he enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating with his doctorate in 1989. Dr. Parker then completed his residency training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993. Dr. Parker is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1995). He is also trained as a Natural Family Planning medical consultant through The Saint Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in affiliation with Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Based on his Catholic and Pro-life beliefs, he changed his practice to Natural Family Planning only, in 2004. Dr. Parker is currently the System Medical Director for Employed OB/GYN Hospitalists for the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. Along with members of the Catholic Medical Association of Central Ohio and the Order of Malta, he helped establish the Order of Malta Center of Care in Columbus which provides free medical care to the homeless and underserved. As a member of the National Catholic Medical Association, he has served many roles including Guild President, Regional Director, Board Secretary, Treasurer, Vice- president and is currently serves as the President. Dr. Parker, his wife and six children, are active in Pro-Life Causes and local Catholic Medical Association. Parker is an active member of the Order of Malta.
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