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Physician, teacher, practitioner and researcher in Infectious Diseases, and most recently, a poet. "A poem is a sacred confidence..."

Background Information

My educational background includes the following degrees--an AB from Earlham College where I was First Honor Student and an MD from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Following that, I finished an internship and residency in Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, IL. As a postdoc, I trained as an Infectous Disease specialist at Northwestern University in Chicago with Dr. Phil Patterson and then at the Univ. of Colorado with Dr. Ted Eickhoff. I had two years of military service as a Lt. Commander at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia in a medical research program on human leprosy and participated in the first isolation of the Legionaires bacillus. It's significance was not realized at that time, because that particular isolate of the bacillus caused illness but did not kill (hence no autopsy isolation which could have proved it was a newly discovered human pathogen). Following my military service, I became Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Univ. of Kentucky. I later served as a Chief of Medicine (V.A. Hospital, Knoxville,Iowa) and then Chief of Staff at the V.A. Hospital in Amarillo, TX. I have published over 100 research articles in infectious diseases (see Google).

Medicine was my first love, but I also loved poetry. My interest in poetry began in High School and continued at Earlham College, a Quaker school. After beginning my career in medicine, I pretty much stopped writing poetry. But recently I have been able to concentrate a bit more on poetry, and have now published over 100 poems, many on line. Publication sites include A Little Poetry, Pegasus (Journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society), Coffee Press Journal, Ygdrasil, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Prairie Poetry, Between Kisses, Artistry in Poetry, and Poesia, among others. In 2006 I placed second in the Kentucky State Poetry Sciety competition in speculative poetry--the only contest entered so far.

My favorite modern poet is Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and numerous other awards for her books of poetry that celebrate nature so beautifully and effortlessly, she is seen rightfully as a modern poetic genius. But few can accomplish that.

In my world, that of the ordinary poet, I have learned to celebrate small things. For me, that includes publication of my first chapbook, entitled "Breathing Cup," on December 5, 2007. If you are interested you can order it at the following site: or you can get it here at Authors Den Autographed Bookstore, or you can contact the present writer at his web address,   


Bachelor of Arts, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University, School of Medicine, Chicago, Ilinois with Dr. Philip Patterson.

Lt. Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, National Communicable Disease Center, Laboratory Branch, Leprosy and Rickettsial Diseases,
Atlanta, Georgia with Charles Shephard, M.D.

Fellow in Infectious Diseases with Theodore Eickhoff, M.D., University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver Colorado.

Research Sabbatical with Peter Henson,Ph.D., National Jewish Hospital,National Asthma Center, Denver, Colorado.

Research Sabbatical with Ann Bjornson, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Clinical Instructor, Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin and Attending Physician, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, all at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, University of Kentucky Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky.

Director, Division of Infectious Disease, Univer-sity of Kentucky Medical School and Veterans Administration Medical Center,Lexington, KY.

Primary Care Team Leader, Director of Medical Education, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Veterans Administrantion Hospital, Orlando, Florida.

Chief of Medical Service,Veterans Administration Medical Center, Knowville, Iowa.

Chief of Staff, Amarillo Veterans Administration Medical Center, Amarillo, Texas and Professor of Medicine, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

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Contact Information 1913 Hart Road
Lexington KY 40502   U.S.A.
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