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I have had the special good fortune to collaborate with Mike Johns on two medically related books meant for a general audience. Mike is former dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and executive vice president for health affairs at Emory. The breadth and depth of his first hand knowledge of American Medicine lends special substance to our collaborative efforts. Hopefully there will be more to come from our work as co-authors.

At the urging of my wife and daughter I am also working on a memoir. I’ve had some remarkable opportunities to observe and partake of a range of human experiences. Writing about those is enlightening to me and maybe others will find something interesting there as well.

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I recently retired from Emory University as a professor of medicine and associate vice president for health affairs. Previously, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, I was Ralph and Lulu Owen Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Director of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine.

During my career I authored more than two hundred peer-reviewed articles and I edited three academic texts. My research was focused on gene therapy for lung diseases.


I write fiction because I love words and enjoy using them to express something about who we are and what we are doing here. I have come to believe that fiction does that better than fact in some ways and that the process of writing about imaginary people in imaginary situations and places is enlightening; I see more in writing about something than I perceive on actually seeing it in real time. The first draft of Blind Justice was written over 20 years ago but writing Spotless with Neil Shulman (the real Doc Hollywood) resurrected my interest in the genre. I haven't followed anyone’s dictum in going about it, but have gone where the muse and the characters led me. Writing fiction should be easier than non-fiction since you don't need to worry about the facts. But it’s not. That’s not because of a limited imagination, but rather because it requires trying to understand my inventions and coming to grips with what to do with them

But then that’s also the fun of it.