2020 Healthcare Symposium – Life or Death: Who Decides?

March 14, 2020 – March 14, 2020

Cary, North Carolina

“I can’t imagine having this child, what should I do?” “My grandfather has Alzheimer’s and chronic pain, should I just help him ease into eternity?” “My son has said some disturbing things about hating everyone at school. He also has rage issues. How concerned should I be?”
Healthcare professionals, Ministers, Counselors and anyone else who is involved in helping others think through life and death decisions should join the Triangle Christian Medical and Dental Associations for a day of exploring these issues from a Christian perspective. See below for continuing education information, but for most healthcare providers, up to 4 AMA PRA Credit hours or 4 AGD Credit hours are available.

Our presenters are Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein, Dr. Martha Shuping, Dr. Harold Elliot and Dr. David Fisher. They will take you from the foundations of healthcare, through the lifespan in four presentations. Breakfast and lunch are included in your registration.

Our culture and laws allow and even promote procedures such as abortion and physician assisted suicide which run counter to a Biblical understanding of human dignity and sanctity. In addition, this culture of death has made violence a more accessible choice for those in mental health crisis or who are simply hateful, as evidenced by recent mass shooting events. Often we know we are for or against something, but we lack the depth of understanding in how to articulate that stance clearly and with persuasion.

We will address the philosophical foundations for practicing good medicine. We will also explore the physical and emotional consequences of abortion for women who have had an abortion. We will explore the “red flags” that often show up in those who are heading toward a mass violence event and how as physicians, we can identify them. Finally, we will look at how to honor those at the end of life, and those suffering chronic pain, so we can guide them to life honoring decisions.

Venue Information

Prestonwood Country Club 300 Prestonwood Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513


Elliot, MD, Harold is the Chair of Psychiatry at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Dr. Harold Elliott received his BS from Davidson College and his MD from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While a resident at the University of North Carolina Dr. Elliott was selected by his faculty and peers as the Diane Eklund Outstanding Resident in Psychiatry. He is board certified in General Psychiatry and subspecialty board certified in Psychosomatic Medicine. Since completing his residency, he has worked in public psychiatry, in private practice and in academic psychiatry. Dr. Elliott was on faculty at Wake Forest University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine from 1998-2010 and served there as Consulting Psychiatrist and Residency Site Supervisor at Wake Forest University Student Health, as Director of Inpatient Services, and as Director of Resident Education.

Clinical interests include anxiety disorders, treatment resistant depression, college student health, psychiatry in primary care and Adult ADHD. He has lectured and published articles and chapters on Adult ADHD, accommodations for residents with learning disabilities, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.


Fisher, M.D., M.P.H. David, is a family, geriatric, and palliative care practitioner with Doctors Making Housecalls, in Durham, North Carolina. He is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. Dr. Fisher received his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago; his M.D. from Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; completed his family medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and earned his Certificate of Added Qualification in hospice and palliative medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Fisher’s patient population keeps him in frequent contact with patients who consider PAS an option for their situation. He has a great deal of experience dealing with these patients, exploring what the motivations and unsolved issues are driving the patient to ask for death. He’s successfully developed ways to deal with the patient that address the root causes of such requests. Patient quality of life is improved and the desire to hasten death is removed. He has frequently been a radio guest and public speaker on this subject.


Shuping, MD, MA, Martha. Dr. Shuping is a psychiatrist in private practice, adjunct faculty at Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC, and faculty associate of Catholics for Family Peace, in the National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. She is a member of CMDA; AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists); board member of PATH (Post-Abortion Healing and Treatment) of Atlanta, GA; President of board of directors of Ashford Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies; advisory board member of ARIN (Abortion Recovery International). Dr. Shuping received her B.S. Degree from the Honors College of Michigan State University, MD from Wake Forest University Medical School, MA from University of Dayton, completed psychiatry residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (1988), and certificate from Harvard Medical School’s one-year Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (2014). Dr. Shuping has taught an academic course at Belmont Abbey College on psychological and theological aspects of reproductive issues, supervised a Doctor of Ministry student (Regent University) on dissertation research related to faith-based abortion recovery programs, has presented many continuing education workshops for nurses, physicians, counselors and social workers related to mental health and abortion, and has given presentations on this topic at the United Nations and in more than 20 countries. Dr. Shuping has written three chapters in the peer reviewed book Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion (2016), edited by Dr. Rachel MacNair, and is co-author of peer reviewed articles on the subject of mental health and abortion. Dr. Shuping was a member of a task force on abortion research within Division 48 of American Psychologial Association 2013-2014. Dr. Shuping has more than 30 years of professional experience with mental health issues related to abortion through her psychiatric practice and through leading more than 50 faith-based abortion recovery weekends.


Stein, MD, Rosemary Fernandez practices general pediatrics at International Family Clinic, in Burlington, NC. Dr. Fernandez Stein is a member of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and serves on the Board of the North Carolina Smart Start Foundation, the NC Minority Health Advisory Council, and the NC Superintendent’s Graduation Task Force. She also serves on the National Governor’s Association Early Literacy Committee, and until 2015 served on the Board of Trustees for Alamance Community College. She received her MD at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriques Urena Medical School, did her transition year internship at Monmouth Medical Center, and completed her residency at Overlook Medical Center.

Dr. Fernandez Stein innovated the Common Childhood Problems clinic for parental education. She authored Who Needs a Village? It’s a Mom Thing in 2015 and co-authored Common Sense II: An American Parenting Revolution with her husband, David Stein, MD. Her passion is encouraging and equipping women to be the kinds of mothers who raise children to be well adjusted citizens and the best people they can be.


Continuing Education



Corey Whittaker Area Director and Pastor