Lozier Institute Adds 4 New Associate Scholars

Katey Price, J.D.  

Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the addition of four new associate scholars to its roster of now 60 accomplished physicians, research scientists, statisticians, attorneys and theologians. The new associate scholars are Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D., Drs. J. Wells Logan, M.D., Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A. and Kathryn Nix Carnahan, M.D.


CLI President Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan said,


“Charlotte Lozier Institute endeavors to take a leading role in conducting scholarly research and contributing to the national conversation surrounding pro-life issues, and we are honored that such distinguished academics and professionals as Fr. Austriaco, Drs. Logan, Pierucci and Carnahan are joining our ranks. All four of our new associate scholars have made tremendous contributions to their respective fields, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Lozier Institute.”


Below are brief biographical sketches of each new associate accompanied by a link to their complete biography on our website.


Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D.currently serves as Professor of Biology and Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, where he runs an NIH-funded laboratory. Fr. Austriaco completed his bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, summa cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania and then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. where he was a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was ordained a priest in the Order of Preachers in May of 2004. He completed his Pontifical License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Moral Theology, summa cum laude, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 2005 and a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), magna cum laude, at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, in 2015.


Wells Logan, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University and Associate Medical Director of Critical Care Transport at a hospital in Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University, his graduate training at the Medical University of South Carolina and his post-graduate training in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia. During his six years as a general pediatrician, he became increasingly interested in the care of infants with disabilities, many of whom were born very premature. After completing additional post-graduate training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Duke University, he began a long-term collaboration with the Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (ELGAN) Study Group which has yielded several important contributions.


Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A. is a wife, mother, clinical neonatologist, and medical director of a 50-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She completed her residency in pediatrics as well as her fellowship in neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin. She also has a master’s degree in Bioethics and completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center ethics certificate course. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Pierucci remains active in perinatal palliative care, as well as leading ongoing research and care of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


Kathryn Nix Carnahan, M.D. is currently an obstetrics and gynecology resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2016.


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