Moral Courage in the Practice of Medicine
The Fourth Annual General Meeting of The Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies was held in Vancouver, BC and included the following speakers:
- Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, PhD is Archbishop of Vancouver. Before coming to Vancouver he served under Pope John Paul II as Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education for the Roman Curia. He is a world authority on Catholic education, and has a deep interest in the healthcare professions. He is currently a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
- William V. Williams MD, FACP is a physician-scientist trained in rheumatology and immunology. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is a board member of the Catholic Medical Association.
- Thomas Bouchard MD is completing his Family Practice residency at the University of Calgary. He is a research associate at the University of Alberta and a medical consultant to the Institute for Natural Family Planning, Marquette University, Wisconsin.
- Francois Primeau MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Laval University, and Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Hotel-Dieu de Levis Hospital. He studied psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, and has a Baccalaureate in Philosophy magna cum laude from Louvain University in Belgium. He holds fellowships in medical ethics from the University of Chicago and from the Hastings Center in New York. He has published more than 70 articles in professional journals on geriatric psychiatry and on medical ethics
- Lester A. Ruppersberger DO, FACOOG (dist) is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is in clinical practice at the Centre for Women’s Health in Philadelphia, and he is on the executive of the Catholic Medical Association.
- Fr. John Horgan PhD is chaplain to the Vancouver Catholic Physicians’ Guild. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has received a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He was ordained by Pope John Paul II. He continues to serve the Studium of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, certifying his expertise in the investigation and evaluation of candidates for sainthood.