Spring 2013 MedSFL Tour Speakers

John Seeds, MD

Born in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Seeds graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1968 with a BS in Zoology, and from the University of Virginia in 1972 with an MD.  Residency in Ob/Gyn was completed at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md, in 1976.  Fellowship in Maternal and Fetal Medicine was completed in 1982 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he remained on faculty until December of 1990 and was MFM Fellowship Director from 1987 through 1990.   Dr. Seeds moved to the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1990 where he became Director of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and Residency Program Director.  Dr. Seeds came to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in April of 1994 as Vice Chair of Ob/Gyn and Section Head of Maternal and Fetal Medicine.  He became Residency Program Director in 1995 and Chair of the department in 1996, stepping down in 2010 to become Associate Dean in charge of CME.   Dr. Seeds is currently Vice Chair of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Ethics Committee.   His research and teaching have centered on prenatal diagnosis and treatment of congenital conditions, and he has published over 100 peer review reports, 28 book chapters and three books.   He has spoken at local, regional, and national meetings on pro-life topics, and has presented at two international meetings in Rome.

Topic: “Autonomy and conscience in medical practice”

Stephen McCurdy, MD, MPH    Watch a lecture by clicking here

Dr. McCurdy received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine  in 1981. During medical school he also attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, receiving a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree. He completed residencies in internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine at the University of California, Davis. He is professor in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences with 60+ peer-reviewed publications and is Director of the UC Davis Master in Public Health (MPH) Program.

Dr. McCurdy teaches the preventive medicine and epidemiology components of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s core pre-clinical curriculum.  He is a past recipient of an Environmental/Occupational Medicine Academic Award from NIEHS and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of American Medical Colleges for the establishment of a Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Center at UC Davis.   He is the proud father of four grown children, including twins.

Topics: abstinence, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, Sex & Public Health, and Medically Accurate Patient Counseling for Abstinence—especially for adolescents—as the healthiest choice”



Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, is co-founder and Executive Team Leader of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems.   Dr. Duane formerly served as the medical director of the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and the Family Medicine Clerkship Director at Georgetown University.  She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Duane received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She is also trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator.  Dr. Duane has been recognized for her leadership efforts by the American Board of Family Medicine which named her as a 1998 Pisacano Scholar, and by the American Academy of Family Physicians which awarded her the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award in 2002. Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife.

Topic: Natural Family Planning, Alternatives to Prescribing Contraceptives. 

William Toffler, M.D.  Watch Dr. Toffler lecture by clicking here

Dr. Toffler has been with the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University since 1985 and serves as the Director of Predoctoral Education. He is the co-founder and National Director of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF), a non-profit organization that promotes compassionate care for severely-ill patients without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. PCCEF physicians affirm an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently of value and that the physician’s roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. He is committed to defending the long-standing, medical prohibition against doing harm and has worked actively to support human life from conception to natural death. He is frequently invited to speak about these and other medical ethical issues at both regional and national conferences. Dr. Toffler has been a member of Focus on the Family Physicians Council for the past six years.

Topics: assisted suicide, advanced directives, natural family planning, breast cancer as it relates to abortion and contraception, medical ethics, conscience protections

Anita Showalter, D.O.  Click here to watch Dr. Showlater

Dr. Showalter is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences and Chair of Women’s Health at Pacific Northwest University of Medical Science in Yakima, Washington.  She is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has been inducted into the Osteopathic Mentor Hall of Fame.  She promotes the intelligent, sensitive care of women understanding the connection of body, mind and spirit.  She also promotes a deep respect for life and life processes that reflect intelligent design.

 Topics: The Amazing Process of Procreation, Practice as a Prolife OB/GYN:  Triumphs and Challenges, Mind, Body, Spirit:  The Inseparable Triad


 Clement Persaud, Ph.D. Watch Dr. Persaud lecture click here


Dr. Clement Persaud was born in Guyana, South America. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons), University of Ottawa, an M.Sc., McGill University and a Ph.D., University of the West Indies.

He was a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Biotechnology at Canadore College in Northern Ontario for 23 years. He has lectured, worked and researched in Microbiology nationally and internationally. In semi- retirement since 1999, he has devoted much of his time to stem cell issues, and has spoken often on bioethical implications. In December 2002, he gave expert testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in relation to Bill C13; in February 2004, he was a member of a Senate appointed panel on embryo research in relation to Bill C-6. In 2005 – 2008, he was on a lecture tour of Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Italy, speaking on bioethics, cloning and embryo research. He has lectured on Christian Worldview at YWAM, Switzerland. Clem is an Advisor to Medistem, an Arizona-based company that uses only ethical stem cells for therapy.

Topics: stem cells, embryos, IVF, epigenetics technology, the abortion–breast cancer link, breast cancer prevention


Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S. Click Here to watch Dr. Lanfranchi

Dr. Lanfranchi is a breast cancer surgeon practicing in New Jersey since 1984. A 1975 graduate of Georgetown School of Medicine, she is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is the surgical co-director of the Sanofi Aventis Breast Care Center at the Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville, New Jersey. She is the co-founder and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, a non-profit charitable corporation that has as its mission to educate lay and professional communities in the methods of risk reduction and prevention of breast cancer through research, publications, and lectures. She has been named a 2010 Castle Connelly Medical Ltd. New Jersey “Top Doc” for Women’s Health in Breast Surgery. She is the author of several articles on the physiology and epidemiology on breast cancer. In her work with the Breast Cancer Prevention Instite, Angela has traveled nationally and internationally to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, India, and South Africa speaking at medical schools, hospitals, universities, cancer organizations, local and national governmental bodies and the United Nations about breast cancer risks, including its association with induced abortion and hormonal contraceptives.


Topics: the abortion-breast cancer link


Bryon Calhoun, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S.    Watch Dr. Calhoun lecture click here

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

He has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He is also the National Medical Advisor for NIFLA, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.

Topics: perinatal hospice, high-risk pregnancies


Reginald Finger, MD, MPH

Dr. Finger received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle.  For much of his career, Dr. Finger has worked in disease prevention and health promotion in state and local health departments.  Since August 2006 Dr. Finger has lectured and researched for the National Embryo Donation Center, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the nation’s only national, non-profit, clinic-based embryo adoption agency – founded with the assistance of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA).  Dr. Finger has been a CMDA member since 2004.  He has found embryo adoption to be an excellent issue to illustrate pro-life bioethical principles, and in addition to discussing the issue in medical settings, has used this opportunity to travel to and minister on Christian college campuses as well.