The 2019 Annual Educational Conference of the Catholic Medical Association will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel September 26-28 2019. The theme of the conference is “Physician Heal Thyself: Living a fulfilled life in Medicine.” Conference speakers will focus on the crisis of physician and healthcare worker burnout and the spiritual, physical, financial and mental health consequences.


JOHN O’LEARY In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given 1% chance to liveThis epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 70,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.Know More


  • Stephen C. BeesonM.D.
  • Lynne B. Bissonnette-PitreM.D., Ph.D.
  • Francie BroghammerM.D.
  • Farr CurlinM.D.
  • David J. HilgerM.D.
  • Thomas W. McGovernM.D.
  • Jere Palazzolo
  • Matt Palmer
  • Michael S. ParkerM.D.
  • Kevin VostPsy.D.

Plus Over 40 Breakout Speakers


MATT MAHER Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A nine time-GRAMMY® nominee and three time-GMA Dove Award winner, he has garnered multiple radio successes, writing and recording songs such as his Top 5 CCLI song “Lord, I Need You” and the chart-topping radio single “Because He Lives (Amen).”

Along with other hits such as “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “All The People Said Amen,” and “Your Grace Is Enough,” Maher has written / co-written five No. 1 radio singles. Penning numerous songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Meredith Andrews, Jesus Culture, Jars of Clay, and Passion, he’s had multiple titles on the CCLI chart’s Top 500 list. With career album sales of more than 550,000 units to date, Maher was awarded his first RIAA Gold certification for his popular single “Lord, I Need You” in 2015.

He’s released nine studio albums, including his 2017 GRAMMY-nominated album Echoes. He released his first Christmas album and children’s book, both titled The Advent of Christmas, during the 2018 holiday season.Know More

The conference logo sums up this conference. We live in a tumultuous world that places increased demands on healthcare professionals. The path to health is a rocky and narrow path that eventually leads us to the foot of the cross. True happiness in any vocation comes from accepting the burden of the cross knowing that true happiness comes at the feet of Jesus Christ.

Unlike many medical conferences, the Annual Educational Conference of the Catholic Medical Association has a very strong spiritual component. Mass is celebrated daily, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available 24 hours a day. Many priests are in attendance to hear confession and provide spiritual guidance. Time spent with likeminded people celebrating the sacraments leads to renewed hope in our mission and a spiritual renewal.




  • When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – Saturday, September 28, 2019
    7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

  • Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort
    2800 Opryland Dr
    Nashville, Tennessee 37214
  • Planner Catholic Medical Association