Board of Directors
CMA physician members are called to be servant-leaders—both in clinical practice and in governing the CMA. The Board members below all have committed to devote time, energy, and treasure to help the CMA to make the best use of its resources so that it can fulfill all the dimensions of its mission.
Peter T. Morrow, MD
St. Cloud, FL
Dr. Peter Morrow is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics in 2004. Dr. Morrow also holds Certification with Distinction in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is a consecrated Marian Catechist.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Chemistry from the University of South Florida and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Morrow has been practicing internal medicine in St. Cloud, Florida since completing his residency. He serves as the Volunteer Medical Director of the St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic, a clinic he worked to establish in 2008, which provides primary and secondary care to the uninsured and the underinsured. In 2007 Dr. Morrow received the Medal Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice (for the Church and the Pontiff) from Pope Benedict XVI. This award is bestowed for distinguished service to the Church.
Dr. Morrow and his wife Christine have been married for 39 years and have been blessed with two daughters, Victoria and Alexandra, and ten grandchildren.
John A. Schirger, MD
Dr. John A. Schirger, currently the Vice-President of the CMA, practices Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with an emphasis in advanced heart failure. He has interests in markers for heart failure and novel therapeutic strategies for advanced heart failure. Dr. Schirger also has a Masters degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, writing his thesis on the concept of chance in evolutionary theory. He continues to have an interest in the relationship of philosophy and theology to evolutionary theory and has published and spoken on this topic. Additionally, he has an interest in ethical decision making at the end of life, especially as it relates to advanced mechanical cardiac support. He is a graduate of Creighton University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in biology, and graduated from Creighton University’s School of Medicine. Residency and specialty training was completed at the Mayo Clinic.
Michael S. Parker, MD
Dr. Michael Parker is a native to the central Ohio area. He 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 degree 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), a member of the Ohio State Medical Association and the Columbus Medical Association. He also has received additional training and certification as a Natural Family Planning medical consultant through The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in affiliation with Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and based on his Catholic and Pro-life beliefs, changed his practice to Natural Family Planning only, in 2004.
Dr. Parker and his wife Teresa live with their six children in New Albany. They are active in Pro-Life Causes and attend St. Matthew and St. Patrick Church. Dr. Parker is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Craig L. Treptow, MD
Great Falls, MT
Dr. Craig Treptow, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, sees patients from newborns to geriatrics in Great Falls, MT. Inspired by his physician father in rural Nebraska, Dr. Treptow pursued chemistry and mathematics premed study at University of Nebraska-Kearney; his Bachelor of Science degree was magna cum laude. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1992 from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and completed his residency in Lincoln, NE.
Dr. Treptow became interested in the CMA in 2006, and after attending the National CMA Conference in 2009, became convinced of the importance of Catholic Bioethics in the day-to-day practice of medicine. He helped start the Montana Guild in response to that need. He is well informed about the dynamics of physician assisted suicide and its dangers in his state and elsewhere.
Dr. Treptow and his family enjoy hiking and camping in Glacier National Park. He studies Latin, is a classical pianist, and reads philosophy in his spare time.
Lester A. Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG
Dr. Ruppersberger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (both located in Philadelphia, PA). He did his post graduate training at Allentown Osteopathic Hospital (Allentown, PA) and Parkview Hospital (Philadelphia, PA). He has been with the Center for Women’s Health, since its formation in 1995. Dr. Ruppersberger is an attending physician at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA and at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Dr. Ruppersberger is also a family life medical advisor and a certified instructor of natural family planning for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been married to his wife, Betty, for 38 years, and has two sons and six grandchildren.
Regional Director Representative
David J. Hilger, MD
Dr. David J. Hilger is a diagnostic radiologist practicing in Omaha Nebraska, with an expertise in women’s imaging and breast cancer detection. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska for medical school and radiology residency. He is a board certified radiologist and in addition he is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Dr. Hilger has served on numerous medical and Catholic committees and boards. Dr. Hilger is the past president of the Omaha Chapter of Legatus. He and his wife Mary are active in the Omaha Catholic community. They also both have a personal interest in disease prevention and health promotion, along with incorporating their Catholic faith into health promotion. They are members of the St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Omaha, and they have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Regional Director Representative
Rev. Scott F. Binet, MD, MI
Fr. Scott Francis Binet MD,MI is a consecrated religious priest in perpetual vows (2003) and a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (1993). He practices medicine both in Miami, Florida and as a foreign missionary.
Fr. Scott Francis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee and earned a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a Family Practice residency at St.Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, New York. Fr. Scott Francis has practiced medicine and served as a missionary priest in countries such as Indonesia, Haiti, and the Sudan. When in the US, he serves at the Miami Rescue Mission, a clinic for the homeless. Fr. Scott Francis has also obtained an MS in Bioethics (University of Mary), an MA in Sacred Scripture, and an STB in Theology.
Fr. Scott Francis was the founding guild president of the Miami Guild of the CMA and is presently a regional co-director for Regions III and V.
Regional Director Representative
Alfonso Oliva, MD
Alfonso (Al) Oliva, MD, FACS is a private practice plastic surgeon specializing in microvascular breast cancer reconstruction in Spokane, WA. He graduated summa cum laude from the St. Louis University in 1987. Dr. Oliva received his doctorate degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1982. He completed a five year residency in General Surgery from University of Illinois and Cook County Hospitals in Chicago, in 1987. He then completed a second residency in Plastic Surgery from the University of California in San Francisco in 1989, and a fellowship in microsurgery in 1990. He practiced academic medicine until 1994, when he moved his family to Spokane, WA to establish the only microsurgery center between Minneapolis and Seattle. He has written and lectured on state of the art breast cancer reconstruction.
Dr. Oliva and his wife Charlotte have been married for 35 years and have raised four daughters and now have eight grandchildren. They are both board members of Healing the Culture, and are founders of Walk for Life Northwest.
Regional Director Representative
Michelle K. Stanford, MD
Dr. Stanford is a board certified Pediatrician. She graduated from Colorado State University with honors in Biology. Michelle then attended the University of Colorado Medical School before completing her Pediatric Residency at The Children’s Hospital, Denver. While at The Children’s Hospital she served as Chief Resident. She worked for Children’s Hospital for 4 years after completing her residency until she opened a private practice. She lives in Colorado with husband and three children.
At Large Members
Thomas W. McGovern, MD
Fort Wayne, IN
Thomas W. McGovern, MD is a private practice dermatologist specializing in Mohs Surgery and Facial Reconstruction in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A native of Escanaba, MI, he graduated from Michigan Technological University and proceeded to Mayo Medical School. After graduation, he entered the US Army where he served eight years while completing his internship at Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon, GA) and Residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (Aurora, CO). After his Honorable Discharge, he completed a Fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and over 10 medical book chapters.
He has served as founding Guild President of the Dr. Jerome Lejeune Guild of Northeast Indiana and has recently taken on the role of Regional Director for Region IV (IN, KY, MI, OH). He has served on the national Membership Committee and currently serves on the FIRE Committee, Mid-Year Meeting Committee, Outstanding Guild Award Committee, and the National CMA Board as an Advisor to the President. He is currently working as Liaison between Catholic Distance University and the Catholic Medical Association as they develop a formation program for CMA members. He is currently writing a course for the CDU on the history, theology, and medical aspects of Christ’s Passion. He has earned a Catechetical Diploma from Catholic Home Study Institute (previous name of CDU). He lives with his wife of 24 years, Sally, and his seven children in Fort Wayne. He became a grandfather in March.
R. Steven White, MD
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr White is a pulmonologist in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979. He completed an internal medicine residency at George Washington University and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Georgetown University. He and his wife Cristina then returned to their home state of Florida where he has been in solo private practice since 1984.
Dr. White joined the Catholic Medical Association in 1995 in search of fellowship and support in living out his faith in the vocation of medicine. He anticipated the increasing secularization and socialization of the medical profession would pose challenges beyond any individual’s capacity to survive, no less influence the future of healthcare in America.
He found in the Catholic Medical Association not only the fellowship he sought, but the opportunity to participate in rebuilding a culture of life in medicine and upholding the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. In 2003 he lead an esteemed taskforce of physicians, clergy, healthcare policy experts and administrators in the study of a Catholic approach to reforming healthcare based upon the Church’s moral and social doctrine resulting in the publication of the document, “Healthcare in America : A Catholic Proposal for Renewal.”
Dr. White served as CMA President in 2005 and currently serves as Chair of the Healthcare Policy Committee.
Most Rev. James D. Conley, DD
Diocese of Lincoln, NE
Since his priestly ordination in 1985, Bishop James D. Conley has served the Catholic Church in a wide variety of ways—as pastor, college campus chaplain, director of Respect Life ministries, theology instructor, Vatican official and bishop. In all of these tasks, he has seen his life as a priest as a call to service and complete surrender to “God’s providential hand.”
For his episcopal motto, Bishop Conley, a convert to the Catholic faith, chose the same motto as the great 19th-century English convert, John Henry Cardinal Newman, “cor ad cor loquitur,” which means “heart speaks to heart.” Bishop Conley became the Episcopal Advisor to the CMA in January 2014.
Rev. Matthew J. Gutowski, STL
Rev. Matthew J. Gutowski, S.T.L., was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1988. He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in 1999. He has taught moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis (2000-2005), was director of the catechetical office for the Archdiocese of Omaha from 2005-2011, and is currently pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, Nebraska. He currently also serves as chaplain for the Omaha Guild of the CMA, as Director of Continuing Formation of Priests for the Archdiocese of Omaha, as Spiritual Director for the Holy Family Shrine near Gretna, Nebraska, as Spiritual Director for the Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate in Omaha, and is Episcopal Region IX priest-representative on the National Advisory Council for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Thomas M. Pitre, MD
Dr. Pitre is a practicing Urologist in Portland, Oregon. He received a BA degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his MD, cum laude, from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He is a past president of the CMA and served on its board from 2000 -2014. He is the CMA’s representative and consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Health Care issues. He also is currently serving on the boards of the, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Physicians for Compassionate Care and the Board of the Garaventa Center of the University of Portland.
Dr Pitre is a volunteer faculty member of the Oregon Health Sciences University. He is a past president of Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and past president of the Oregon Urological Society. He is a recipient of an award from the Coalition of Volunteer Clinics for work with the medically indigent in Portland. He has been a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon since 1996 and is a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Advisor to the President
Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, M.D. is a physician who practices internal medicine since 2007 with The Holy Family Health Center, an entity of Saint Thomas Medical Partners.In addition to caring for her patients who are predominantly uninsured immigrants, as the only physician on-site she supervises nurse practitioners and participates actively in the management of the clinic and formation of the staff.She graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School in 2001 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2004.She holds a faculty appointment with Vanderbilt as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health. In this role she is a preceptor for medical students for rotations in primary care and is supervising an internal medicine resident in his continuity clinic at Holy Family.Sister Mary Diana has become proficient in Spanish in order to serve the largely Hispanic population of the clinic, where the staff, providers, and students are all bilingual.The Holy Family Health Center is part of Saint Thomas Health, a ministry of Ascension Health.Sister is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
As a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of Saint Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee for over 25 years, Sister has taught at the high school and college levels, was in administration at Saint Cecilia Academy, and was a member of the Aquinas College Board of Directors. She was a high school educator before entering the community, having begun a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Cornell University, completing it at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a concentration in secondary education. She completed a Master of Arts in mathematics at Stony Brook in 1987. She is currently working toward completion of a Master of Arts in moral theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Sister became an active participant in the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) in 2006. She was a founding member of the Nashville Guild of the CMA in 2008 and has served as an officer for the local guild for six years. She became an advisor to the president and member of the board of directors of the CMA at the national level in 2014, and serves as chair of the Linacre Quarterly Committee, providing strategic oversight for the official journal of the CMA. She is a member of the national CMA speakers bureau, and has presented over 100 talks across the country and in Canada on topics related to education, medicine, faith, and ethics to high school, college, parish, clergy, and medical audiences. She has presented twice at the Annual Educational Conference of the CMA on topics related to the faithful practice of the Catholic physician, was invited to speak twice to the Christian Community Health Fellowship national meeting, and has spoken at several secular medical meetings including for the Program in Professionalism and Ethics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certification program with distinction in 2011, and her paper “Autonomy Trumps All” was published in 2012 by the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
Advisor to the President
Robin J. Goldsmith, MD
Dr. Robin Goldsmith is a wife, mother of four sons and an Anesthesiologist. After attending the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate studies and UW Wisconsin for medical school, she completed a residency and then fellowship in OB Anesthesia at the University of Iowa. She received the Gertie Marx Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology research award for study of midgestational brain injury in utero in sheep during fellowship and remained on faculty at the Univ of Iowa.
She returned to WI for private practice and served as a delegate or alternate delegate for her specialty for over 15 years. After more than 20 years as a physician and at the request of Bishop Ricken, she retired from full-time practice in order to start the St. Gianna Clinic and the St. Gianna Molla Guild NEW. She served as President of the guild which was named Outstanding Guild of the CMA in 2015. She was one of two State Directors that helped pilot the State Director program which then was solidified and approved as a formal part of the CMA. She concurrently served as CMA Regional Director and a member on multiple CMA committees. She now serves as Advisor to the President on the national board of the CMA, Regional Director, Regional Director Representative Committee Member, State Director of WI, Catholic Clinics Committee in addition to others.
Dr. Goldsmith also co-founded the St. Gianna Molla Clinic in 2014. St Gianna Clinic has a formally decreed mission as a “Catholic Teaching Clinic” by Bishop David Ricken. The clinic continues to grow and serves as a sustainable, replicable model for the entire country which provides truly excellent, truly faithful medical care for all people while evangelizing to patients and families as well as to the diocese and beyond.
Dr. Goldsmith has received various awards for her prolife efforts, including the ProLife WI Activist of the Year and the Green Bay Diocese Faith At Work Award. She was recently invested into the Order of Malta, is a member of Legatus, and serves on various boards to further the faith.
John I. Lane, MD
Dr. John Lane currently practices neuroradiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology.
Dr. Lane received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in biology from the University of Scranton and earned a Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Lane served 4 years in the U.S. Navy in Oakland, California. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 1999 after 4 years of private practice in Great Falls, Montana. Dr. Lane and his wife, Mary Frances, have been married 26 years and have four children.
Mario R. Dickerson, MTS
Editor, Linacre Quarterly
Barbara Golder, MD, JD
Lookout Mountain, TN
Dr. Barbara Golder, currently the Editor in Chief of Linacre Quarterly, has practiced pathology in hospitals, independent labs, private practice and as a medical examiner. Dr. Golder also has a degree in law from Stetson College of Law, magna cum laude. Her law practice concentrated on health care law, medical malpractice defense, administrative law and risk management.
She is the award-winning author of a series of mystery novels (the Lady Doc series) that feature discussion of bioethical issues from a Catholic perspective. She is currently Director of Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, TN and blogs at Angelus News.
Dr. Golder is a graduate of the University of Arizona (BS in chemistry 1972, honors); the University of Florida (MD 1977, Honors) and Stetson College of Law (JD 1987 magna cum laude) and National Catholic Bioethics Center (certificate in bioethics, 2014,
Continuing Medical Education Chair
William J. Perez, MD
Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair
Maricela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH
Ethics Committee Co-Chairs
Greg F. Burke, MD
Marie T. Hilliard, JCL, PhD, RN
FIRE Committee Chair
Kathleen M. Raviele, MD
Health Care Policy Committee Chair
R. Steven White, MD
Daytona Beach, FL
Media and Communications Committee Chair
Paul J. Braaton, MD