Do No Harm Conference Series

For Healthcare and Legal Professionals


2017 Do No Harm Conference

Featured Speakers

Father Tad Pacholczyk, PhD
 Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, PhD  

Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center's National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. He has given several hundred presentations and participated in debates on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has taught bioethics at seminaries as well as the Catholic University of America.. As an undergraduate Fr. Tad earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University. He worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Father Tad studied for 5 years in Rome at both the Gregorian University and the Lateran University, where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics. He writes a monthly, nationally syndicated newspaper column on bioethics.

Catherine Nolan, PhD
Catherine Nolan, PhD

Catherine Nolan is a professor at University of Dallas with expertise in bioethics, metaphysics and philosophy of religion. She is currently working on issues in the intersection of metaphysics and bioethics, and applying the concepts and arguments of the Christian metaphysical tradition to contemporary problems. She earned her undergraduate degree in literature from Ave Maria College, an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and her Ph.D. in philosophy from State University of New York at Buffalo.  Her dissertation, entitled “The Ethics and Metaphysics of Vital Organ Donation,” addressed death as not just a scientific assessment but a metaphysical event. Dr. Nolan has taught several sections of Philosophy of the Human Person at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and taught introductions to philosophy as well as courses in bioethics and philosophy of religion at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Greg Schleppenbach
Greg Schleppenbach

Greg Schleppenbach is Associate Director for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Before joining the USCCB, Greg served the Nebraska Catholic Conference for more than 25 years -- first as a pro-life director and then as Executive Director of the Conference. As the state conference’s pro-life director, he engaged in extensive speaking, writing and lobbying on a wide range of matters, especially abortion, stem cell research and end-of-life issues. As executive director he was in charge of the overall operation of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, overseeing public policy lobbying activities and educating Catholics on public policy matters in relation to church teaching. He has recently authored an article in the USCCB's "Life Issues Forum" analyzing the national battle over normalizing and legalizing assisted suicide.

Sister Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.
Sister Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.

Sister Suzanne Gross, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, is the Administrator for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice in Connecticut and the Program Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford.  She graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and now holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She is past president of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care. She presents at various conferences around the United States on end-of-life issues, human suffering, and the culture of life.

Roy Heyne
Roy Heyne, MD

Dr. Roy Heyne is a pediatrician with over 35 years of experience. He is professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He also serves as Medical Director of the Thrive Program (formerly Low Birth Weight Clinic) at Children's Medical Center Dallas, where he oversees comprehensive, multi-disciplinary clinical follow-up of high-risk infants, participates in multiple national research projects, and provides education for a broad spectrum of medical trainees and staff. He is co-founder of the Low Birth Weight Development Center, and as Board Vice President he continues to oversee its provision of psychosocial-educational services to high-risk infants and their families. Dr. Heynes is currently the president of the Catholic Physicians Guild in Dallas.

Ellen Dorn, Esq.
Ellen Dorn, Esq.
Ellen Dorn is a solo practitioner specializing in the law of wills, trusts, probate, tax exempt organizations, and charitable gift planning. Before establishing her practice, Ellen served as President of a Texas trust company specializing in charitable giving, Associate Trust Counsel for a large charitable foundation in Dallas and as an associate at a large D.C.-based law firm. Ellen attended Duke University where she graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Public Policy Studies. She received her law degree, with honors, from University of Texas School of Law. Ellen currently serves as Vice President of the national Catholic Bar Association and is a past president of the St. Thomas More Society in Dallas. She led the diocesan project in Dallas to craft legal documents guiding end-of-life care in accord with Catholic teaching.