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The National Embryo Donation Academy would like to introduce the following faculty members. Each faculty member has been chosen for their specialty as it relates to the law, ethics, adoption practices and medical aspects of embryo adoption / donation. Faculty members will not only be offering online materials but are also available to speak at conferences or lecture series. For more information please contact our NEDC Regional Education Coordinator at 865-805-3936 or toll free at 866-585-8549.
Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, a highly respected specialist in infertility and reproductive medicine, leads the NEDC team. He is the Center’s medical director and a fertility specialist at the Southeastern Fertility Center in Knoxville, TN. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynocology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Keenan is a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and is director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has been in practice since 1990 and has performed innumerable fertility procedures with outstanding success rates.
Instructor: Bioethics: Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption
Dr. Cutrer practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Dallas for 14 years, pastored for four years and then served as the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the Director of the Gheens Center for Marriage and Family. Dr. Cutrer unexpectedly passed away in July, 2013.
Instructor: Embryo Donation and Adoption: A Comprehensive Introduction
Dr. Finger received his medical education and residency training in public health at the University of Washington in Seattle. From 1985-1997 he served as communicable disease director and state epidemiologist in Kentucky. Since 1997 Dr. Finger has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he has served in a variety of assignments including local public health investigations, research and medical writing. Since 2006, Dr. Finger has worked with the National Embryo Donation Center where his responsibilities include outcomes research, literature review, teaching and lecturing.
Instructor: Embryo Adoption: Adoption Law and Custody Law Applied and Expanded
Dr. Curtis E. Harris is the Chief of Endocrinology for the Chickasaw Indian Nation, Director of the Chickasaw Nation Diabetes Care Center, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Assitant Clinical Professor in the Department of Endocrinology of the Oklahoma University Medical School, and the PLICO Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oklahoma State School of Medicine.
Instructor: Embryo Donation for Procreation / Adoption
Dr. Visscher was the Executive Director of the American Fertility Society (now the American Society of Reproductive Medicine) from 1992-1996. Dr. Visscher is a retired obstetrician – gynecologist and certified reproductive endocrinologist who began his career by spending seven years in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Officer. He was in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1963-1991 during which time he was also a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, Director of the OB-GYN Residency at Blodgett-St. Mary’s Hospitals, and in 1982 started the Blodgett In-Vitro Fertilization program.
Instructor: Embryo Adoption Program the Assessor/Counselor Component
Debra Peters holds a M.A. in Business Administration, a M.A. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and a B.A. in Sociology. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Master Social Worker, she has 27 years of experirence and expertise in the field of clinical counseling and adoption. Mrs. Peters has authored four educational curriculum programs on embryo donation and / or adoption for potential embryo donors, potential adoptive couples, the professional community, and the general public.