is the McAllister Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health. He has worked at UNC since finishing residency in 1987 and is boarded in OBG, maternal fetal medicine, and addiction medicine. Accomplishments include over 400 publications cited more than 27,000 times and more than 70 grants with groundbreaking investigations in progesterone to prevent recurrent preterm birth, magnesium for neuroprotection, limiting routine episiotomy to avoid rectal injury, and medication assisted treatment in pregnancy. He is a NC native who came into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church 12 years ago and attends St Thomas Moore parish in Chapel Hill where he is an adult catechist. He has been married for 42 years to Joe Carol and they have four adult children and five grandchildren. Dr. Thorp has been active in the US prolife movement serving as an expert witness on numerous occasions and medical director of a crisis pregnancy center for over 40 years.