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.
Michael S. Parker, M.D.
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) and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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.
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, and Treasurer.
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.
Craig L. Treptow, M.D.
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.
David J. Hilger, M.D.
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.
Jennifer Perone, M.D.
Jennifer Perone, MD, PhD is a first year complex general surgical oncology fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at Ohio State University before heading to the University of Texas Medical Branch -Galveston. There she completed 5 years of general surgery training, as well as 3 years of dedicated research and a PhD in Clinical Sciences. She is currently in her first year of fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Michelle K. Stanford, M.D.
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.
Immediate Past President
John A. Schirger, M.D.
Dr. John A. Schirger practices Cardiology 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.
Regional Director Representative
Alfonso Oliva, M.D.
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
Rev. Scott F. Binet, M.D., M.I.
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
Roy J. Heyne, M.D.
Regional Director Representative
Anthony S. Oliva, M.D.
At Large Members
Thomas W. McGovern, M.D.
Tom has been a Mohs Surgeon at Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants since 2000. He has been married to Sally for 30 years, with whom he has seven home-schooled children who get breaks from his ‘Dad jokes’ when he speaks at meetings.
Tom loves sharing creative ideas on the CMA national board and chairing the annual CMA Leadership Training Meeting (and trivia nite). He also chairs the CMA Young Member Advisory Committee that coordinates activities among students, residents, and young physicians in practice. He loves developing and giving dynamic presentations on a variety of topics where faith and medicine intersect.
After graduating with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University, he completed his M.D. at Mayo Medical School. He paid back his U.S. Army medical school scholarship by serving eight years on active duty where he performed two years of biological warfare vaccine research, trained in dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, and ran the dermatology clinic at Fort Riley, KS. He received his surgery training at Yale University School of Medicine.
Tom actively engages as a member of the Fort Wayne Chapter of Legatus and as a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is ‘living the dream’ co-hosting Doctor, Doctor, the award-winning official weekly radio program and podcast of the CMA that airs on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and multiple podcast sites. His first book – What Christ Suffered: A Physician’s Journey Through the Passion, will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in early 2021. When not working clinically or apostolically, he sleeps, runs, reads, travels, and photographs beautiful locations and people (usually related to him:).
Timothy Millea, M.D.
Tim Millea is a native Iowan who returned to his home state in 1992 to begin practice as an orthopedic spine surgeon. He and his wife, Beth, have been married for 40 years and blessed with five children, and soon will welcome their eleventh grandchild.
Dr. Millea is an active member of Catholic Medical Association (CMA) and serves on the Board of Directors. He is the CMA’s state representative for Iowa and also serves on the national organization’s Health Care Policy, Regional and State Directors, and Catholic Clinic Initiative Committees. He is co-founder and current president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, a chartered guild of the CMA.
After graduating with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, he worked several years as a physical therapist. He then attended and graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency and spine surgery fellowship training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.
Robin J. Goldsmith, M.D.
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.
Diane T. Gowski, M.D.
Dr. Gowski is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and works as a hospitalist. She has been a CMA member for over 15 years. She is the founding president of the CMA Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena. She serves as CMA’s State Director of Florida and as a Region V Co-Director. She helped coordinate the annual White Masses in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and now organizes the annual FL CMA Retreat and Bioethics & Legislative Conference that brings together the guilds in Florida for a weekend gathering of prayer and updates. She is a past Board member of the Pinellas County Medical Association ( PCMA) and a past delegate to the Florida Medical Association (FMA) for both the PCMA and the FL chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). She served as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) for the Society of Critical Care Medicine ( SCCM). She testified before the AMA House of Delegates at its semi-annual and annual meetings regarding End-of Life issues including Physician Assisted Suicide. She has testified at Florida Senate committee hearings speaking out against Abortion and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment ( POLST ). She is the president of the “ Florida Catholic Medical Association.”
Richard A. Rowe, M.D.
Dr. Richard Rowe completed medical school at Emory University in 1987 and began training in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Upon completing his residency in 1994, he began his active duty at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD continuing his Naval service in both Okinawa, Japan and at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Additionally, while in Japan, Dr. Rowe served on the staff of the commanding general of the Third Force Service Support Group, a US Marine Corps unit. Dr. Rowe was on faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before moving to Macon, Georgia where he works for the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute and is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Mercer University School of Medicine.
Mary E. Keen-Kirchoff, M.D.
Dr. Keen is medical director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a clinical associate professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery Section of Rehabilitation Medicine.
She is a founding board member and former medical director of Almost Home Kids in Naperville. Dr. Keen has been named a Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine, a Patients’ Choice Award Winner, Consumers’ Checkbook’s Top Doctors, and Best Doctors in America® by Best Doctors, Inc. She also is an adjunct faculty member of Midwestern University.
Dr. Keen is board certified in four specialty areas: physical medicine and rehabilitation; pediatrics; physical medicine and rehabilitation–pediatrics; and pediatrics–neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is dedicated to serving pediatric patients and their families especially those with complex care needs.
Most Rev. James D. Conley, D.D.
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. Christopher Kubat, M.D.
Father Kubat was ordained in Lincoln, Nebraska in May of 1999, Father Kubat currently serves as Pastor of Saint Cecilia Church (Diocese of Lincoln). Father Kubat is Board Certified in Urology.
In his role as National Chaplain, Father Kubat will work hand-in-hand with
CMA’s Episcopal Advisor, Board, and members. He will offer his spiritual and medical guidance to members, celebrate Mass at CMA events, and hear
confessions, among other duties. Father Kubat is a member of CMA’s Health Policy Committee, Vicar for Health Care Ministries for the Diocese of Lincoln, and is on various ethics and research committees for hospitals in his community. Recently, Father Kubat’s great leadership was demonstrated as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a change in plans for an in-person CMA retreat to a “virtual retreat” which was well attended by members.
Thomas M. Pitre, M.D.
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.
Paul J. Braaton, M.D.
Paul Joseph Braaton, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in the care of the foot and ankle. He has over thirteen years of private practice experience.Dr. Braaton’s clinical interests and expertise include: foot & ankle reconstructive surgery, ankle arthroscopy, tendon problems, diabetic foot neuropathy, foot deformities, fallen arch, planter fascitis, Achilles tendonitis and total ankle replacements.Dr. Braaton received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the University of Texas and his residency at the University of Tennessee’s Campbell Clinic. He also served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve in 1997.Dr. Braaton attended the Legion of Christ Seminary from March 1993 to March 1995. He has also volunteered on numerous medical mission trips to Mexico. He is currently an orthopedic surgical partner at the OrthoMed Center of Modesto, CA.
Mario R. Dickerson, M.T.S.
Editor, Linacre Quarterly
Barbara Golder, M.D., J.D.
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 Co-Chairs
William J. Perez, M.D.
William L. Toffler, M.D.
Constitution and Bylaws Committee Co-Chairs
Peter T. Morrow, M.D.
Ethics Committee Co-Chairs
Greg F. Burke, M.D.
Marie T. Hilliard, J.C.L., Ph.D., R.N.
FIRE Committee Chair
Kathleen M. Raviele, M.D.
Health Care Policy Committee Chair
R. Steven White, M.D.
Linacre Quarterly Committee Chair
Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, O.P., M.D.
Linacre Quarterly Editorial Advisory Board Editor
Barbara H. Golder, M.D., J.D.
Media and Communications Committee Chair
Paul J. Braaton, M.D.
CMA-Resident Section President
Dennis Wells, M.D.
YMAC Pre-Med Chair
Katherine E. Kondratuk, M.D.
YMAC Young Physicians in Practice Chair
Paul W. Day, M.D.
Advisors to the President
Cynthia B. Hunt, M.D.