Do No Harm Conference Series

For Healthcare and Legal Professionals


2019 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
Peter Wickersham, Esq.

Peter H. Wickersham practices Health Care, Corporate, and Business Transactions Law, specializing in the representation of physicians and other health care providers. He represents a wide range of health care providers across Texas, including individual physicians, physician group practices, independent diagnostic testing facilities, urgent care centers, medical research and development companies, and limited license practitioners. Peter has specialized in the practice of Health Law for more than twenty years.  Prior to founding his own firm, Peter was Senior Healthcare Attorney at The Kreager Law Firm, a San Antonio, Texas Corporate, Tax, and Health Law firm and an Associate Attorney in the Health Law Section at Cox Smith Matthews, Inc.

Greg Schleppenbach
Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, O.P., M.D.

Sister Mary Diana Dreger is a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a practicing internal medicine physician for the last 15 years. She runs an independent medical practice, Saint Martin Medical Care, LLC, and 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. Sister was a founding member of the Nashville Guild of the Catholic Medical Association,has been a member of the Board of Directors for the national CMA for the last 6 years, and is the chair of the Linacre Quarterly Editorial Committee (the official journal of the CMA).  She completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certification program with distinction in 2011 and a Masters in moral theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary in 2019.

Sister Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.
Robert Collins, M.D.

Robert H. Collins Jr., M.D., FACP, is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of both the Hematologic Malignancies/Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and the Combined Adult/Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research in Honor of Eugene Frenkel, M.D., and is the R. Lloyd and Willye V. Skaggs Professor in Medical Research. A recognized leader in the field of adoptive immunotherapy, Dr. Collins specializes in blood and marrow transplantation and hematologic malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myelodysplasia. Dr. Collins has led studies of donor leukocyte infusions through an international network of more than 100 centers.