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Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as the Vice President of Curriculum and the Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation (Houston, TX). Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX) for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (Alexandria, VA) and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates, seminarians, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s Seminary, the Diocese of Fort Worth and the University of Dallas. He has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, and the Heythrop Journal. He has published the book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger (Emmaus Academic, 2022). Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a forthcoming lexicon on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Ignatius Press). Dr. Millare is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Theology, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Dr. Millare enjoys the gift of life and love with his beautiful wife Veronica and their three children.
Gwyneth Anne Spaeder, MD, attended the University of Dallas where she graduated with a degree in Political Philosophy. She then attended The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating in 2005. She is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and has practiced in both community ER and private practice settings. She completed a certificate in Health Care Ethics through the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2015 and has published several articles pertaining to vaccine ethics. She also served as the guest editor for a NCBC Quarterly edition focused on Pediatric-specific issues. She is a recurrent presenter at Theology of the Body workshops for teens and for NFP/Marriage prep within the Diocese of Raleigh. She is a member of the Catholic Medical Association Triangle Guild. She lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband and three children.
Father Columba Thomas, OP, MD, is a Dominican friar and a physician specializing in Internal Medicine. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine in 2012 with distinction and one of the top prizes for his thesis entitled, “Foretelling the Future of Prognostication: A Historically-Inspired, Domain-Based Approach for the Elderly.” Before joining the Dominicans in 2016, he completed a Primary Care Residency and Chief Residency at Yale and attained board certification in Internal Medicine. His publications have appeared in a variety of journals, including JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. More recently, he edited The Art of Dying: A new, annotated translation (National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2021). Fr. Columba currently serves as postdoctoral fellow in bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and is completing a master's degree in Catholic Clinical Ethics at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Phuc Vo is a Staff Palliative Care Physician at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. He is a member of AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative care Medicine) and board certified through the American Academy of Emergency Physicians. He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University. Dr. Vo completed his fellowship trained in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine at Nathan Adelson Hospice in conjunction with Touro University of Medicine. He is hospice medical director board certified.
Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky is an orthopedic surgeon who has dedicated his career of more than forty years to caring and advocating for persons with disabilities and their families. He received his medical degree from Brown University, general surgery training at Dartmouth, performed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic, and one year of fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Harvard. He is a past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and was a pioneer in the care of adults with childhood onset disabilities. Currently, he lives and practices in the Bassett Healthcare Network in rural Cooperstown, New York. He participated in the five year start up of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center and continues teaching and performing research at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. D., as he is best known, worked with the New York City Ballet and former Major League Baseball players to establish movement workshops for children and adults with disabilities. He is a Knight of Malta.
Brian Tullius, MD, is a board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist specializing in hematopoietic stem cell transplant and cellular therapies. Dr. Tullius received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha Nebraska after completing a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Biology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio from which he recently received the Fr. Dan Egan Award given to alumni in recognition of success in healthcare and life sciences. He has extensive training in pediatrics, completing pediatric internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and pediatric residency at the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Dr. Tullius completed flight surgeon training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. He served in the United States Navy achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander and receiving numerous awards and commendations for his outstanding service. Following the Navy, Dr. Tullius completed his Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship and his Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Tullius has a U.S. Patent on a cellular therapy for treating microbial infections with expanded natural killer cells. An accomplished medical practitioner, Dr. Tullius specializes in cellular therapies, cancer immunotherapy, innate cellular immunity, and stem cell transplantation.
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