Medical Students for Life to Hold Regional Conference in Portland, Oregon

Med Students for Life Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Medical Students for Life is pleased to announce our 2012 Oregon-Washington Regional Conference on Saturday November 17th from 8:30a to 1:00pm at Oregon Health Science University at the Old Library Main Floor Conf. Rm – 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd Portland, OR 97239

The conference will include lectures by Dr. Bill Toffler on Conscience Rights, Dr. Kenneth Stevens on Physician Assisted Suicide and other regional physicians and experts to discuss the role of Pregnancy Resource Centers in Counseling abortion minded patients and a Physician panel discussion on Medical Ethics.

Conference Schedule:

8:30a-9:00a- Registration

9:00a-10:00a “What Medical Students for Life should know about Conscience Rights” Presented by Dr. William Toffler.

Dr. William 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.

10:00a-10:45a- “The Reality of Physician Assisted Suicide in Oregon & Washington” presented by Dr. Kenneth Stevens.

Dr. Kenneth R. Stevens, MD is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is also a prolific writer, and past president of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation. His recent publication (Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians) is a significant contribution to the literature.



 11:00a-11:45a “The Role of Pregnancy Resource Centers & Counseling Abortion Minded Patients” Presented by Nancy Vestigo, RN & Larry Gadbaugh, Executive Director, Pregnancy Resource Centers of Greater Portland.

Larry Gadbaugh, CEO, has served as PRC’s CEO since March 2001, after ministering for over 15 years as a pastor at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon. He is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College and received his M.A. from Western Seminary. Larry and Diane were married in 1977 and have five children.



Nancy Vestigo, Nurse Manager, has served as PRC’s Nurse Manager since mid-2006. After twenty years at OHSU as an oncology nurse, she started doing ultrasounds as a volunteer in 2005, due to her longtime support and love of PRC’s ministry to women.



12:00p-1:00p Panel Discussion on “Medical Ethics from a Prolife Perspective” with Dr. William Toffler, Dr. Steve Baker, Dr. Mark Mailhot & Dr. Angela Larson

Dr. Steve Baker is Board certified in Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1987 and completed residency at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine in Olympia, Washington. While serving 2 years in the Navy as a medical officer on a battleship, he spent time in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in Desert Storm. After these international experiences, he went into private practice for 6 years. In addition to his work as a part-time faculty for FMSW, Dr. Baker developed and directs a local church-based primary care clinic for patients with no insurance.


Dr. Marc Mailhot received his medical degree in 1997 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his M.S. in Medical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland and his residency in Preventative Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. He also completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.



Dr. Angela Larson was born in Seattle, Washington. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 2006.  She graduated from the OHSU School of Medicine suma cum laude in 2010.  Angela met and married her husband, Dustin Larson, during their time as students at OHSU medical school. She is currently a third year and the Chief Resident at Family Medicine of Southwest Washington and will complete her residency in June 2013.



There is a $10.00 registration fee, which will include lunch. The conference is open to students & health care professionals. Scholarships are available for students by contacting med students for life at

Conference registration is available online here:

Please join us for this educational event at Oregon Health Science University located at Old Library Main Floor Conf. Rm – 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd Portland, OR 97239.  Email Jon with any questions you may have!