Lloyd Johnson, MD
My new career as fiction writer springs from work in Central Asia and travels in the Middle East spanning many years. We have lived in Bethlehem for several weeks during 2012, 2014 and 2016. Following the man of Galilee, and learning from Jesus’ stories, I began to write tales about people struggling with the issues in their lives and the current conflicts in that part of the world. We in the United States learn of the Arab Spring but have little information about ordinary people’s daily lives in Israel and the West Bank.
Previously, as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington, I taught and practiced general and thoracic surgery in Seattle for many years, publishing 26 scientific papers. Additionally I worked as Professor of Surgery at the Haile Selassie I University in Gondar, Ethiopia for three years. I served for two years in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon, and volunteered in hospitals for several weeks each in Kenya, India, and in Pakistan with Afghan refugees.
Immediately after retirement I volunteered as CEO of a humanitarian NGO in Central Asia for several years, continuing on its board of directors until 2012.
Marianne and I live in the Seattle area, enjoying our adult children and sixteen grandchildren, trying to keep up with all their birthdays.