Do No Harm Conference 2022

Featured Speakers

Michelle Cretella, MD is a pediatrician and Immediate Past Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds).  She is on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity; a member of the Catholic Medical Association; a member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family; and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuality from 2010-2015. Dr. Cretella received her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford; and completed a fellowship in College Health through the University of Virginia. Dr. Cretella practiced pediatrics for 15 years with a special interest in behavioral health; is a peer reviewer for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Issues in Law and Medicine, and the International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research; has chaired the Adolescent Sexuality Committee, Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, and Scientific Policy Committee for ACPeds; and is regularly consulted by Breitbart News, FRC, One News Now, Relevant Radio, FOX News and many others.


Jason Evert, MA has traveled to six continents to bring the message of purity to millions of people for more than 20 years, including World Youth Days in Australia, Spain, Poland, and Panama.  He has lectured at dozens of universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and the United States Naval and Air Force Academies.  Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a best-selling author of more than 15 books, including Saint John Paul the Great, How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul, and the curriculum YOU:  Live, Love, and the Theology of the Body.  He and his wife Crystalina are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country, and their television appearances include MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and EWTN.  Together they run Chastity Project and its website,, the podcast “Lust is Boring,” and lead an international alliance of young people who promote purity in more than 40 countries.



Mary Hasson, JD is the Kate O' Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies and the Director of the Person and Identity Project at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She is an attorney, licensed in Indiana and the District of Columbia. Ms. Hasson serves on the Boards of Directors of several non-profits, including as Board Vice-Chair for the Religious Freedom Institute, Board member of the Napa Institute, Board  member of Courage International, and Board member of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. Ms. Hasson received her A.B. degree from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is the co-author of two books on education and has published and spoken extensively on legal and policy issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and parental rights. She has testified on related legislation before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the Parliament of New South Wales, Australia, and in the state of Michigan. Ms. Hasson has represented the Holy See at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women presenting on women and gender ideology, and she has submitted and expert statement to the Unites Nations Office on the High Commissioner Human Rights Council (OHCHR) Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.



Paul Hruz, MD, PhD is an academic pediatric endocrinologist and tenured physician scientist with faculty appointments in Pediatrics and Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an active member of the Catholic Medical Association and has received certification in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.  He received his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Wisconsin; completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, and fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hruz has over 20 years of clinical experience in caring for children with disorders of sexual development; is a regular contributor to the Washington University course on Research Ethics for graduate students; has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters; and has served as a consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He served as the chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University from 2012-2017.


Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.  Her professional experience has included Board Certification and practice in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. She also completed a year of child and adolescent fellowship through UC Davis. Her psychiatric practice over the last 20 years has included significant work with children and adolescents in private practice settings,  community health centers and residential settings. She is currently a faculty member of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park CA, where she serves as Associate Director of Human Formation and Director of Counseling.   She also maintains active staff privileges at this time through the Community of the Monterey Peninsula, where she has served as Chief of Psychiatry from 2016 to 2019. She continues consultation work with children and adolescents through telepsychiatry in a community health center integrated behavioral health program. Dr. Hunt  has been privileged to work  within  the Catholic Medical Association for many years and is a Board Member and  Chair of the national CMA Opioid Task Force. She has met regularly with Health and Human Services in Washington DC and was invited to be a participant in the most recent White House Mental Health Summit. She received an award in 2019 for “Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Health Care” for her work with the Opioid Crisis. She speaks nationally on this topic as well as other topics which integrate Catholicism and Mental Health. She also serves the Catholic Church  in the Exorcism and Deliverance ministry  as psychiatric consultant to priests, exorcists and Bishops.  She is Director of the Holy Alliance Support Ministry,  Board Member of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests,  Member of the  Catholic Psychotherapy Association .and an Advisory Board Member for the Pope Leo XII Institute. An accomplished pianist and Lay Carmelite,  she has been blessed with her husband of 30 years and their three children.

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