Disclaimer: I’m putting this page on the website only because
people keep asking me for my credentials. I don’t think credentials mean much. There are Harvard-educated MDs and PhDs
with impressive credentials who have written reams of nonsense, and there are people like James Randi who didn’t go
to college but whose writings are consistently reliable and rigorously based on fact and reason. I hope no one accepts anything
I write just because I’m an MD. Writings should be judged on their own merits: on what they say, not on who wrote them.
• Born July 2, 1945, in St. Louis; grew up in Seattle, Washington.
High School, Seattle, 1962.
• Junior Year in Spain, New York University, 1964-5.
• B.A., magna
cum laude, Spanish language and literature, University of Washington, 1966.
• M.D., University of Washington
School of Medicine, 1970.
• Rotating “0” internship, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air
Force Base, California, 1970-71.
• Licensed to practice in Washington State since 1971.
practice residency, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1977-79.
• Board certified in family practice 1979.
Medicine Primary Course (training to be a flight surgeon), Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, 1979.
• Air Force
officer 1969-89, various positions at Air Force bases in Spain and in the US, including General Medical Officer, Chief of
Aerospace Medicine, Chief of Aeromedical Services, Chief of Clinic Services, and Director of Base Medical Services. Retired
as a full colonel.
• Retired since 1989.
• Started writing
in 2002, first published article 2003. Current positions include:
- Regular column "The SkepDoc" in Skeptic magazine
- Contributing editor, Skeptic magazine
editor, Skeptical Inquirer magazine
- Monthly column "The Health
Inspector" in O, The Oprah Magazine from January to June, 2010
of the editors of The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine
Medicine blog - editor and one of 5 founding MDs, write an article every Tuesday
Advisor and author of articles on the Quackwatch website
- On the faculty of The
Skeptic's Toolbox workshop starting in August 2009
- A Fellow of the Committee
for Skeptical Inquiry and a member of the Executive Council
- Founding fellow
and board member emeritus of the Institute for Science in Medicine
review board, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
- Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Science and Skepticism, Center for Inquiry Independent Investigations Group, 2010
• I’m married to a retired Air Force officer
and we have two grown daughters, no grandchildren. We’ve lived in Puyallup, Washington since 1987.
you’re wondering how I spent my time between retiring from the Air Force in 1989 and starting to write in 2002, I spent
it raising my kids (who were 4 and 6 when I retired) and continuing my education by reading voraciously.