Our State Directors
Our state directors work to protect the Hippocratic values of Western healthcare across the country.
Dr. Steve Furr is a board certified family physician practicing in Jackson Alabama. He is a past president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians, Alabama Medical Directors Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. He Is a Delegate to the AMA and Alabama Academy of Family Physicians.
George Stewart, MD, grew up in New England and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1958. He received his MD from the State University of New York in 1964. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. After spending two years doing viral immunology research and an additional two years working with the Indian Health Service in Bethel, Alaska, he returned to Seattle to complete his internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care training. In 1971, he returned to Alaska and practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine until retiring in 2005. Since retiring from active practice, he has been on seven mission trips with Medical Education International and two other mission trips.
Dr. Allan Sawyer is a graduate of Oral Roberts School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He has won numerous awards chosen by his colleagues in medicine as well as the public and media. After nearly 25 years in private OB/Gyn practice, Dr. Sawyer now devotes himself to teaching, serving and relieving long-term missionaries at hospitals in developing countries. In addition to his medical mission work, he also is a Liberty University School of Divinity student and a member of Samaritan’s Purse’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. In 2016, he was honored by his medical school alma mater, Oral Roberts University, as the Alumnus of the Year in the category of “Going Into Every Person’s World.”
Paul Carter Hanson, MD, was raised in Phoenix and attended Northern Arizona University. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and interned at the University of Wyoming. Returning to Phoenix, he became Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He has served in rural Arizona for more than 30 years and established Free Clinics for the poor and homeless. He has served as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee and Chief of Staff at Verde Valley Medical Center.
David Smith, MD is a hospice & palliative medicine specialist in Little Rock, AR and has been practicing for 43 years. He graduated from University Of Missouri—Columbia School of Medicine and specializes in hospice & palliative medicine and cardiology. He was awarded the Fay Boozman Award, given annually to a physician who has demonstrated excellence in Christian faith and personal life, integration of faith into the practice of medicine, and commitment to community service and public health. He was a founder of Heart Clinic Arkansas and served as a cardiologist for 35 years. In 2012 he became director of supportive medicine at Baptist Health-Little Rock where he serves as chairman of the medical ethics committee. He is one of the founders of the Haiti Christian Development Project and has worked on short-term and development projects there since 1985. After completing a master’s in bioethics, he has taught molecular biology, biochemistry and pre-med students at Harding each fall since 2000. He serves on Harding’s Missions Advisory Council and has helped develop a third-world village for training missionaries at Camp Tahkodah.
Dr. J. Grady Crosland is an anesthesiologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He serves on the Bioethics Committee at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Crosland has received numerous honors and awards including Arkansas’ Best Doctor in Anesthesiology from the Arkansas Times multiple years, Best Doctors in the United States, Central Region and Golden Apple Award for recognition for Excellence in Resident Education.
James Santiago Grisolia is an adult neurologist in solo practice in San Diego, California. He teaches internal medicine residents and medical students at Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he participates in the acute stroke code rotation and serves as Chief of Rehabilitation. A former Trustee of the California Medical Association, he remains actively involved in his local medical society where he edits the San Diego Physician magazine. Fluent in Spanish, he and his wife Carla have done healthcare mission work in Mexico and in Nigeria.
James M. Small, MD, PhD graduated from Colorado College, Summa cum Laude and Duke Medical School in Microbiology and Immunology. Completed a Pathology Residency at the University of Utah. He is Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Medical Microbiology. He works at a large teaching hospital in Denver and is the medical director for Microbiology and Chemistry labs. He has served as the Chair of the Public and Patient Relations Committee for the College of American Pathologists.
Jack Pike, PA-C, DFAAPA, has been a physician assistant for over 40 years, having been raised and trained in Illinois. He moved to Connecticut in 1984. He has been a surgical PA for most of those years but now works in occupational medicine in Hartford. He is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the PA program at Quinnipiac University. Jack is a member and Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has served in various leadership capacities. He has been involved in medical mission work for many years with his church and other groups, serving in India, Africa, Moldova and Jordan. He has been involved with the opposition to physician assisted suicide in Connecticut the last three years, testifying before the public health committee, and educating the public through churches about PAS. His blog can be found at http://jackpikepasblog.blogspot.com
Michael D. Johnson, MD, FACS, completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and then he received his medical degree from University of Michigan. He met his wife while studying in Ann Arbor. They then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed a residency in general surgery from 1979 to 1984. In 1984, they went on their first mission trip to Zaire. After returning to the U.S., they opened a private practice in general surgery. Three years later, they traveled to Kenya where the Lord called them to long-term missions in that nation. For the next 23 years, they worked full-time in Kenya and short-term in several other African nations, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. In addition, they led short-term trips to Haiti and mission exploratory teams to Honduras and El Salvador. Since returning to Philadelphia in 2010, they began the Miriam Medical Clinics offering hope and healing to the city’s underserved. Dr. Johnson is a board certified general surgeon with the American Board of Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Allen Roberts is originally from Alexandria, VA. He took his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1977 and his M.D. from George Washington University in 1983. He completed his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 2013, and will complete a Masters in Bioethics through Trinity International University later this year. In 2003 he retired from the US Navy Medical Corps, after a 20-year career in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, during which time he served as White House Physician under President George H.W. Bush. For the past 16 years he has practiced Critical Care Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, where he now serves as the Associate Medical Director for the hospital, and Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee. He is the State Director for DC for the American Academy of Medical Ethics.
Dr. Benton graduated from the University of Florida in 1985 and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) in 1988. He has been in private practice in Gainesville, Florida ever since. Dr. Benton is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. Along with Drs. Boccarossa, Trumbull and Zanga, he was a co-founder of the American College of Pediatricians. Dr. Benton has served his local community in ways that include: participation in the local Safe Kids organization, serving on the board of the local YMCA, serving on the board of the local Crisis Pregnancy Center and serving as a member of the Emergency Medical Service Citizens Advisory Board. Dr. Benton has been on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Haiti and Nicaragua.
Dr. Vizcarrondo attended Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. He completed a residency in Pediatrics and subspecialty training in Pediatric Cardiology. He subsequently completed a masters’ program in Bioethics. He held academic appointments at several university medical schools and is currently Associate Professor (voluntary), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and member of the UM Ethics Programs. Dr. Vizcarrondo is the president of the Miami Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. He has written on a variety of topics ranging from freedom of conscience of healthcare workers, the doctor patient relationship and euthanasia in Pediatrics.
Michael G. Anderson, MD, FAAP, ESQ is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. He is a Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Anderson founded the Children's Pediatric Center and modeled it after the children's care from one of the Nation's top five children's specialty hospitals. Dr. Anderson's research on medical ethics is included in the Michigan's research symposium, and published in National Pediatric Journals. In addition to being a pediatrician he received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and has served in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District.
Craig Nakatsuka, MD, is a general interist specializing in long-term care, hospice and palliative care. He received his undergraduate from Wheaton Collge in Wheaton, Illinois in 1975. He graduated in 1979 from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He did his internship and residency at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, California from 1979 to 1982.
Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics), MSHA, FAAN, CPE, ICF-Associate Certified Coach, is a board-certified neurologist, with additional training and experience in palliative medicine, executive coaching, and medical leadership. He has served on the Carle Foundation Hospital Ethics Committee for 25 years, recently stepping down after 14 years as the chair of the committee. He is a clinical associate professor of Medicine (Neurology) at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Urbana-Champaign). He is the Illinois State Director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics.
Agnes J Schrader, MD, was primarily raised in Ohio and attended Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. After graduation, she trained in Internal Medicine at Geisinger Clinic in Pennsylvania. Specialty training in Nephrology/HTN was completed at Cleveland Clinic, following which she did a second fellowship at University of Chicago in Medical management of high risk pregnancies. After working a few years at University of Cincinnati, she decided to enter private practice in Indiana and has been there for over 20 years.
David Donaldson, MD graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1988 and from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1992. He completed an Internship at St. Vincents Hospital in Indianapolis from 1992-1993 and an anesthesia residency at the University of Louisville in 1996. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology. He practiced for five years in Pensacola, Florida at Sacred Heart Hospital before moving to Indiana. He has worked at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana since 2001. He and his family have participated in mission trips to Africa.
Bruce Van Houweling, MD, grew up the Midwest and Virginia. He received his BS from Iowa State University in 1971 and MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his residency in family practice at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1980. He has practiced family medicine in Solon and Iowa City, Iowa since 1980. He has been a strong advocate of hospice care since its inception in the Iowa City area and has served on the board of Iowa City Hospice and served on the ethics committee. He regularly volunteers at free medical clinics in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
Julie Stewart, MD, MPH, is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and currently practices at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg, Kansas, the largest community health center in the state of Kansas. She is the medical director of the addiction treatment service at Community Health Center implementing medication assisted therapy for patients dealing with addiction. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her post graduate education at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. She received her master's in public health from the University of Kansas with a concentration in health policy and administration. She is currently using her passion for holistic medicine as the physician champion for her organization’s integration of primary and behavioral healthcare including implementation of the behavioral health consultant model in the Pittsburg Clinic.
Lisa Gilbert, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family medicine physician and core faculty at Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with the University of Kansas. She grew up overseas, but attended medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas and residency in family medicine in Wichita. She completed a 1 year Fellowship in International Family Medicine, including 5 months in Niger, and obtained the Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (CTropMed) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). She has subsequently volunteered short-term with Partners in Health during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, as well as in Cameroon, Niger and Egypt. She worked in full-spectrum family medicine in rural Kansas for almost 3 years before returning to her alma mater to pursue academic medicine, and is a regular volunteer at a student-run clinic for the homeless. She also serves as Chair of the Ethics Integration Committee at Ascension Via Christi.
Steven A. House, MD, HMDC, FAAFP, FAAHPM, received a B.S. in biology from Furman University, and he is an AOA member and 1995 graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (now Navicent Health) in 1998. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and he is a certified Hospice Medical Director (2014). Dr. House has worked in medical education and graduate medical education (GME) since 2001, teaching medical and osteopathic students, Family Medicine residents, and Geriatrics fellows. He assisted in the development of a large palliative medicine consultation service in 2004 and the first ACGME-accredited Palliative Medicine fellowship in GA in 2009. He relocated from Georgia to Kentucky in 2010 where he continues to pursue his passions for medical education / GME, end-of-life care, and advance care planning.
Amy Givler is a family physician in Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Wellesley College and Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Ochsner LSU Hospital Monroe, an indigent-care hospital where she now works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care. She also works at an urgent-care clinic and is a volunteer doctor for SHIP trips to western Kenya. She is the author of Hope in the Face of Cancer: A Survival Guide for the Journey You Did Not Choose.
Dr. White specializes in General Cardiology. Dr. White went to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport and completed his post-doctoral residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a past president of the Shreveport Medical Society.
Dr. Kershner, DO is a practicing Family Practitioner in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Kershner graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. She completed a residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Sandy Christiansen, MD, FACOG is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. She earned a B.S. in Microbiology and graduate degree in pathology from the University of Maryland. In 1986, Dr. Christiansen completed medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1990, she completed residency training in obstetrics & gynecology at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and entered private practice and served as attending physician at several teaching hospitals in Philadelphia. A complicated twin pregnancy led Dr. Christiansen and her husband to move back to her home state of Maryland. For the past 12 years, she has devoted her time to being an advocate for life-from conception to natural death, and to the practice of Hippocratic medicine. She is the medical director and staff physician for a nonprofit free clinic providing medical services, education, and emotional and spiritual support for women and men faced with an unplanned pregnancy. In addition, she serves as the National Medical Director for Care Net, a nonprofit Christian organization that promotes, prepares and partners with their network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers to offer life-affirming alternatives to abortion. She is a member of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Dr. Christiansen is privileged to be a voice for the voiceless, writing, educating, and providing testimony to a variety of forums including the United Nations, the President’s Council on Bioethics, legislative bodies, and commentary to numerous national media outlets.
David Alan Madder, DO, is a 1981 graduate of Allegheny College with a BS in chemistry and a 1985 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an osteopathic internship at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and the Bi-county Community Hospital, and he also completed a residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian - University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. After working for five years as a primary care internist for the Department of Health of the City of Philadelphia, he worked for 10 years as an internist with Medical Arts – University of Pennsylvania Health System. In August 2005, Dr. Madder joined the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. While no longer providing in-patient care at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center nor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he has a full-time out-patient practice and is part-time faculty with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and teaches medical students, nurse practitioner students and internal medicine residents at the JHCP White Marsh office.
Dr Mark J Rollo is a Family Physician. He has been in practice for more than 30 years, the majority of which has been in Fitchburg, MA. His oldest patients are over 100 years old and his youngest patients are in utero. Dr Rollo received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL in 1984. He has also received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in 1976 and a Master’s degree in Education from The University of Massachusetts in 1973. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1972. He served in the United States Air Force as a physician from 1984 to 1994. He has served as a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Family Medicine Residency Program and is currently a staff physician with Reliant Medical Group, a multi-specialty group in central Massachusetts. Dr Rollo has often addressed the importance of protecting life in all stages from conception to natural death.
Dr. James Hines was born in Warsaw, Indiana and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1980 and completed three years of Family Medicine Residency in Ft. Wayne, IN. Jim entered the OB-Gyn Residency program in Saginaw, Michigan after completing a course in tropic medicine in Antwerp, Belgium and spending two years in the Central African Republic as a missionary. In 1991, he established the Obstetrics Department at St. Luke’s Hospital (now, part of Covenant HealthCare) in Saginaw, Michigan. He and his family spent two addition years in the Central African Republic before relocating to Saginaw, Michigan where he has practiced OB/Gyn since 1994. He is respected as an excellent surgeon, having gained expertise in pelvic reconstruction and robotic surgery. He also is certified in dexitometry and ultrasonography. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Clinical Densitometry and Diagnostic medial Sonographers.
Samuel D. Hensley, MD, is the Medical Director of the Laboratory for GI Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the University of Mississippi Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Dr. Hensley also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity University. He received his M.D. from West Virginia University and a M.A. in Bioethics summa cum laude from Trinity International University. He completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio and a fellowship in Neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Neuropathology.
L. Mark Johnson, MD, attended the University of Virginia from 1972 to 1980. Following medical school, he completed a residency in family practice at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. After graduating the residency, he then worked in the Federal Government for 33 years. In addition to his MD degree, he also earned an MPH/TM degree from Tulane. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP), and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM).
Carley is a Montana native, a University of Washington School of Medicine graduate (Montana WWAMI). She has been practicing in rural north central Montana for the past 33 years. She has been interested in the work of rural EMTs and emergency care since becoming an EMT in Montana during the 1970’s. Austere environments (detention facilities, missions, orphanages, under trees) and international medicine (Australia, Angola, Brazil, Nepal, Tanzania) are of importance in her medical endeavors. Teaching medical concepts to non-medical persons has been a specific focus (diabetes for educators; medical care for detention facility staff). Dr. Robertson is a Trustee of the Montana Medical Association.
Dr. David B. Roberts is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Billings, Montana. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine Medical School. He completed an internship from Wright – Patterson Medical Center and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Dale Michels is a board certified family physician practicing in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his medical degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He helped found Lincoln Family Medical Group in 1974 after graduating from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and interning at Bryan Hospital. He has been active in multiple medical and community organizations. He holds the record for being currently the longest practicing family physician in the community.
Kirk Bronander, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). Dr. Bronander received his BS in exercise science at The University of Arizona in 1994 and his MD from The University of Arizona in 1998. He completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2001. He has been a faculty hospital physician (hospitalist) since that time. He is the Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine, directs the Clinical Reasoning in Medicine course and is the Medical Director of Simulation for UNSOM.
Richard E. Johnson, MD, FACS, received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He spent two years as a physician with the USAF in Turkey. After completion of a surgical residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, he was employed as a staff surgeon at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua division for more than 30 years. He has served on the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Screening Panel and has done short-term medical trips to Central America and Africa. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the New England Surgical Society and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
Matthew Y. Suh, MD, MPH, is a hepatobiliary and pancreas surgeon practicing in Morris and Sussex Counties, New Jersey. Dr. Suh is a graduate of Harvard College and received his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical College. He trained in general surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School) and completed transplant and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital (New York). Dr. Suh is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in the treatment of liver, bile duct and pancreas cancer and diseases. As the New Jersey State Director of AAME, Dr. Suh has testified before the New Jersey State Legislature and its committee as a medical expert witness. He has been an invited speaker and panelist at various conferences and meetings in New Jersey regarding physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Suh serves as a physician representative in the New Jersey Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide, which defeated the physician-assisted suicide bill proposed during the 2014-2015 New Jersey State Legislature.
Gregg Schmedes, M.D. is an otolaryngologist on faculty at the University of New Mexico. After completion of residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, he spent 2 years teaching with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons at Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Texas-Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Drs. David and Janet Kim are both internal medicine/pediatrics physicians working together at Beacon Christian Community Health Center, a nonprofit, federally qualified community health center they helped launch in Staten Island, New York. David founded Beacon and has been the chief executive officer its inception in 2006. Dr. Janet Kim graduated from the New York Medical College in 2002 and completed a residency at Staten Island University Hospital. She joined Beacon as a staff physician in 2006 and serves as the chief medical officer. They are both involved with student and resident mentoring and teaching.
Dr. Sally White, M.D.C.M., earned a B.A in Philosophy from LeMoyne College, an M.S. in Adult Education from Syracuse University, C.A.S. in Gerontology at University of Southern California prior to her medical degree from McGill University. She lives in her childhood home on the family farm in Northern New York. Dr. White has always worked with marginalized people - at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, SUNY Plattsburgh Alzheimer Center, St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center, in her private psychogeriatric practice, as Medical Director first of Franklin County Department of Social Services and, currently, St. Lawrence Addiction Treatment Center. Her ongoing activities in adult education at this time focus on Narcan training of addicted people, their families, caregivers and community members who might encounter someone in need of intervention.
Dr. Dennis Sullivan is a professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, where he has taught human biology and bioethics, now focusing primarily on pharmacy ethics and pharmacy law. After undergraduate training in chemistry, Dr. Sullivan received his M.D. in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University, then completed five years of training in general surgery. He then served for two years of active duty in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He has been a full professor at Cedarville since 2003. In 2004, Dr. Sullivan completed his M.A. in bioethics from Trinity Graduate School. He developed the Center for Bioethics in 2006, which he now continues to direct. He has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, especially in the area of human personhood and clinical ethics. He has volunteered at a local women’s center and is a frequent speaker on bioethics issues in churches, bioethics forums, universities, and medical schools. He acts as an academic advisor to four area hospital ethics committees. He has often testified before the Ohio legislature.
Dr. Chetta is a board certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at the Ohio State University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Pensacola Christian College and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Having seen first-hand the healthcare disparities particularly in the arena of global surgery, he became interested in reconstructive surgery. He received his plastic surgery residency training at the University of Michigan and subspecialty fellowship training in reconstructive microsurgery at Stanford University. He has remained active in global surgery studying various educational implications as well as participating as visiting faculty and establishing training courses at several international training sites. He is currently pursuing advanced training in Bioethics from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity University.
Dr. Onarecker is the Program Director of St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from medical school at Oral Roberts University, he completed a family medicine residency at Carswell Air Force Base and a fellowship in academic medicine in Waco, Texas. In 1991, he and two colleagues started St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency, where he continues the mission “to develop competent and compassionate family physicians who reveal the healing presence of God through exceptional healthcare and Christlike character.” Dr. Onarecker obtained an MA (Bioethics) from Trinity International University and teaches clinical ethics in the Trinity master’s degree program. As a member of his hospital Ethics Committee, Dr. Onarecker develops and reviews hospital policies and performs ethics consultations.
Dr. Brick Lantz graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology in 1981, he followed that with medical school at the University of Oklahoma and orthopedic residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After residency, Dr. Lantz pursued two sports medicine fellowships -- the 1st at the Orthopedic & Fracture clinic with Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 1989 and a 2nd at the Australia Institute of Musculoskeletal Research, where he trained under one of the world's most foremost experts, Drs. Merv Cross & Leo Pinzceski. Locally, Lantz has been the Board President of the Slocum Research & Education Foundation for more than 20 years. Dr. Lantz is a dedicated humanitarian, coordinating or participating in trips to disaster zones and impoverished regions internationally to offer free surgical orthopedic care to those most in need, on nearly every continent. Dr. Lantz has been a surgeon at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, since 1990, and is currently a senior partner with that Center.
Dr. Hussar is board certified in family medicine physician practicing in Marietta, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine in 2002 and completed a residency at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the recipient of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program and Physician Practice Connections Recognition Program by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Richard S. McCain, MD, graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology in 1974 before receiving his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana before completing a residency in orthopedic surgery in Charleston, South Carolina. He opened McCain Orthopaedic Center in 1986, where he still practices today. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including South Carolina Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Medical Association.
James L Wells III, MD is a board certified Hematologist/Oncologist who practices in West Columbia, SC. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology in 2001 from Furman University before receiving his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005. He completed an internal medicine residency program in Charleston, South Carolina followed by a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. Currently he is actively involved as the principal investigator of several oncology clinical trials in West Columbia.
Dr. Patricia Giebink is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She received her medical degree from Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Dr. Riley is executive director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture and serves on the ethics committee of a Nashville-area hospital. Board certified in internal medicine, her writing and lecture topics include medical ethics, organ transplantation ethics, stem cell research, genetics, end-of-life issues and assisted reproductive technologies. With Scott B. Rae, she co-authored Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction, and with C. Ben Mitchell, Christian Bioethics.
Dr. J. Michael Fite is an obstetrician/gynecologist and has delivered over 7,000 babies. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he received the Titus Harris Medical Student Research Award. He completed his OB/Gyn residency at Tarrant County Hospital District, John Peter Smith and Harris Hospital where he was the Chief Resident. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Linda W. Flower, M.D. has practiced Family Medicine for 28 years. She has trained residents in Family Medicine Residency Programs at Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and UTMB Galveston (Conroe Family Practice Residency Program). She is currently serving at the TOMAGWA Ministries Medical Clinic which cares for low income patients in Tomball, Texas. She is chairwoman of the Executive Committee of Texas Physicians Resource Council and has been a member of the Christian Medical Association since 1973. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida.
Brian Zehnder, MD, is a family physician from Magna, Utah, having served this community since 1992. Previous President of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians, he is the current Utah Director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics and Medical Director for Exodus Healthcare Network, whose mission is to encourage and give hope in the lives of others.
Rachel B. DiSanto, MD, is a family doctor in a rural community in Northeast Vermont. She practices both inpatient and outpatient medicine, and she enjoys teaching medical students and residents in her practice and at the University of Vermont. One of her passions is healthcare missions to the developing world. She has participated on numerous mission teams and has focused in recent years on teams that help victims of human trafficking. This has led to work in her state on a task force to develop a curriculum for educating healthcare professionals and students about the issue of human trafficking and how to recognize victims in the healthcare setting. She speaks throughout the state to medical audiences on the topic.
Dr. Robert Orr received his M.D.,C.M. from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine, and practiced in Vermont for 18 years (named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989). After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago (1989-90), he held professorships at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (CA), University of Vermont College of Medicine, Trinity International University (IL), and the Graduate College of Union University (NY). He has lectured widely, has authored, co-authored or co-edited 5 books, 16 book chapters, and over 150 articles on ethics, ethics consultation and end-of-life care. His most recent book is Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Eerdmans, 2009).
Thomas Walton Eppes, Jr., MD, is a native Virginian who graduated from William and Mary in 1974. He graduated from University of Virginia Medical School in 1978 and then joined a family practice in Forest, Virginia in 1981. He still continues to work at this practice today, which has grown to a group of nine physicians with three urgent care centers, a diagnostic center and an increasing affiliation with Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was the founding physician of a local free clinic in the 1980s, in addition to serving as the team physician for the local high school. His practice also actively teaches medical students from three schools. He served as president of the Medical Society of Virginia in 2008-2009, and he is currently chair of the American Medical Association’s Integrated Physician Practice Section.
Jim Avery is National Medical Director for Diversicare Healthcare and Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine. Dr. Avery was in a solo one-physician practice for fourteen years doing internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. He was eventually persuaded to join Suncoast Hospice, the largest hospice in the country at that time, as their Senior Medical Director. Other stints included being Senior Medical Director at VNSNY Hospice in New York City, Chief Medical Officer at Golden Living in Washington DC and the Chief Executive Officer at Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, hospice and palliative medicine and is a certified nursing home medical director (CMD). Dr. Avery was awarded the Lillian B. Wald Award for his hospice and palliative care work in New York City and the Roger C. Bone Award for National Leadership in End-of-Life Care. Dr. Avery was named “One of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives” by Modern Physician magazine and was also nominated as “One of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Sharon Quick, MD is a retired pediatric anesthesiologist and pediatric critical care physician in the state of Washington. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologist and a fellow in both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Pediatricians. She held an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine with clinical privileges at Children’s Hospital of Seattle from spring of 2000 through June 30, 2003. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from July 1997 to June 1999. Dr. Quick is board-certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1984, and was awarded the Founder’s Medal, the highest academic honor for the College of Arts and Sciences. She completed two residencies in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Showalter serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Associate Professor and Chief for Women’s Health at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington. A graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed OB/GYN residency at Cuyahoga Falls Community Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She was named a Distinguished Fellow by the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) and has served on the Board of Trustees, numerous committees and currently serves on the Ad Hoc Task Force for Curriculum in Osteopathic Manipulation. She has been named ACOOG Mentor of the Year and Outstanding Osteopathic Mentor by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and Washington Osteopathic Medical Association CME Committee. Dr. Showalter has taken an interest in ethical issues facing the medical profession including physician-assisted suicide and physician’s right of conscience.
Dr. Janet Liljestrand is a retired pediatrician having worked approximately 40 years in general pediatrics. She has an MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1973, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University, 2004. Caring for a special needs daughter as well as a wide variety of patient needs has given her practical experience in ethics.
Dr. Anthony F. Graziano is board certified in Emergency Medicine practicing in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with graduate studies in Physiology. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in 1985 from Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has maintained his certification with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and obtained a Masters at Trinity International University in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and has held numerous academic appointments in Michigan and Wisconsin since 1983. His volunteer work includes short-term and relief work in third-world countries as well as in domestic missions.
Dr. Steve Burgess received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2008, and then trained in Family Medicine, also at Texas Tech. He is board certified in Family Medicine, and currently practices hospital-based medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has participated in multiple short-term medical missions trips, including trips to Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Peru.
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