CMDA West Coast Winter Conference

January 18, 2024 – January 22, 2024

Cannon Beach Conference Center 289 N. Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110, US


Take a break from the challenges of your life and practice and join your colleagues for a special time of refreshment and renewal, worship and teaching in the iconic town of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Worship with “Larry and the Band” and glean truth and principles from God’s Word in nine teaching sessions over four days.

If you travel any great distance, you will appreciate that we start on Thursday night along with three extra sessions for those who can come one day early. Thursday night, Donna Harrison, MD, our main speaker, opens the early day conference at 730pm. The main conference starts on Friday night with Brick Lantz, MD, CMDA Oregon State Representative and member of the CMDA Board of Trustees.

We are pleased to offer 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM  of continuing education for this event, free to all CMDA members. Following the conference, we will send out a survey that members will complete to secure CE credit.


Two Step Registration for the Cannon Beach Conference:

  1. Register for the Conference with CMDA by clicking the green button above. Please note: There are separate registration fees for the main conference and for the early day.
  2. Call the Cannon Beach Conference Center (503-436-1501)
    1. If you are staying at the conference center, call them to arrange your lodging and meals.
    2. If you are staying off-site in the area and want to eat meals with us, please call and order your meal packet with Cannon Beach at 503-436-1501.

Below are registration fees to attend this conference. Room and board fees with Cannon Beach are in addition to the costs below.

CMDA Member, Physician or Dentist: $200

Non CMDA Member, Physician or Dentist: $250

CMDA Member, PA, NP, RN, PT, OT, Pharm, etc.: $100

Non CMDA Member, PA, NP, RN, PT, OT, Pharm, etc. $150

Active Missionary on Furlough: $100

Military, retired Physician or Dentist: $100

Resident/Fellow: $50

Healthcare Student: $0

Non-Healthcare Individual: $150

Early Day Registration for practicing healthcare professionals or non healthcare individual: $50

Early Day Registration for active missionary, military, student, resident or retired physician or dentist: $0

Cannon Beach, OR boasts the third largest monolithe Seastack in the world, Haystack Rock, and features a flat, delightful, walkable, three-mile sandy beach provides the perfect place to get away and enjoy the Oregon Coast, rain or shine. And usually, January provides a window of remarkable weather for this event. Google Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach and look at the beautiful vistas.

The town of Cannon Beach features many artists, great food and activities including kite flying for all levels, horseback riding, e-bikes to rent, three miles of flat sandy beach for walking and running, and several other beach towns close by with historical sites to enjoy. Our attendance varies between 170-200, with historical highs of more than 300.

• Participants will register for the conference on the CMDA website.
• Registrants will call Cannon Beach Conference Center to arrange for lodging and meals.
• If they plan to stay off site, they need to call Cannon Beach Conference Center to order their meal packet. Registrants will call Cannon Beach Conference Center to arrange for lodging and meals

Cannon Beach Conference Center: (503-436-1501)

Donna Harrison, MD is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She currently serves as the Director of Research for the American Association of Pro-Life OBGyn, the largest non-sectarian pro-life physician organization in the world, with over 6,000 members across the United States and associate members worldwide. Under her leadership as past CEO, AAPLOG doubled membership, launched the annual Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference, developed an up-to-date website and social media presence, and launched systematic outreaches to the medical, legal, and policy communities to discuss the effects of abortion on women.

Dr. Harrison’s research interests include Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulators, Endometrial Contraception, Maternal mortality, and Abortion Mortality and Morbidity. She has authored peer-reviewed papers on the approval of RU-486 and on Ulipristal (Ella), as well as on the embryocidal potential of hormonal contraception.

Dr. Harrison delivers Cat1 CME talks in the USA and internationally on topics of Medical Abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, Adverse Events associated with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, Emergency Contraception with Ulipristal, Maternal Mortality, and Abortion Morbidity. She is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, teaching post-graduate seminars at The Center for Bio-Ethics and Human Dignity. She is the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed medical journal “Issues in Law and Medicine.” Finally, she just stepped into the role of the Chair of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, an alliance of pro-life medical organizations. She is married to Mark Harrison, M.D., and is the mother of 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Paul K. Lim, MD is a pediatric plastic surgeon and the Program Director of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) General Surgery Residency Program at Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf, Egypt. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Lim received both a B.S. in Medicine and his M.D. from the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University through the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). He has been an attending plastic surgeon for 18 years, including three years working in Ethiopia and the past three and a half years in Egypt. He has written three book chapters on plastic surgery in lower resource settings, two specifically about cleft palate. As far as imposter syndrome, he is grateful to have discovered foundational truths which have helped to reduce the anxiety associated with it substantially and so is eager to share his discoveries with others. Paul is married to Susan, also a physician, and they have three children.

Susan H. Lim, MD, is a pediatrician serving at Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf, Egypt. Dr. Lim graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts with a BA in biology then earned her MD from Rush University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco. She has been married to Paul for 22 years and has three children. Early in their marriage when their first two children were two and four years old (before their third was born), they moved to Ethiopia to serve at a mission hospital but returned to the U.S. after three years due to a medical condition in the family. In January 2020, they moved again to Africa but this time to Egypt where they continue to live and work.

Brick Lantz, MD is near retirement as a private practice orthopedic surgeon in Eugene, Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, MD from University of Oklahoma, residency at University of Arkansas, and fellowship in sports medicine in Australia. He has published over 19 scientific articles, and given multiple scientific presentations. He has participated in multiple MEI trips, led orthopedic mission trips for 14 years to Haiti, and participated in short term missions all over the world. He became a lifetime member of CMDA in 1982 and currently serves on the board of trustees. He has been the Oregon state rep for CMDA and AAME for many years. He was the leader of the Church Commission which oversaw the development of Bridging the Gap – Where Medical Science & Church Meet. He is medical director of a local pregnancy resource center. He leads a CMDA undergraduate student club at the University of Oregon. He is board chair of Slocum Research & Education Foundation. He is married to Lissy and they have two adult children, Zach & Ally.

Cory Wilson, MD, MA (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics) received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and trained at Southwest Family Medicine Residency program in Vancouver, WA. He lives and works in Southern California, full-time in Urgent Care for Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He studies and teaches on issues at the intersection of Christian theology, philosophy, and medicine, focusing most closely on philosophy of mind and the mind-body problem and how it impacts the practice of medicine. His wife, Michal, is a psychologist, and their two adult sons, Caleb and Joshua, live in Southern California as well.

Michael McLaughlin,