John Ellis, MD is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School, and also holds a MPH from the University of Wisconsin and a MBA from Marymount University. He served as a SAC flight surgeon at Bergstom Air Force base, Texas in the 1960's. As a flight surgeon supporting the medical contingent at LBJ's ranch, John traveled many times on Air Force One with the president. In 1968, he left his active duty Air Force career and began private medical practice in Lubbock, Texas. Later, he was recruited to join the FAA as an Assistant Regional Flight Surgeon. He remained in the Air Force Reserve throughout his career, and was recalled to active duty during the Vietnam years. He attained the rank of Colonel, and was selected for a four year term at the Pentagon as Special Assistant for Medical Programs at Headquarters, USAF. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work there. He resumed his former work in emergency departments in Georgia and Virginia. During his medical career, he was a board certified specialist in Family Practice and held a second specialty in Occupational Medicine. In 1983, he authored Running Into Trouble, a short book on fitness which will soon be revised and republished on Kindle. He has been a contributor to several other books and to one medical textbook. He resides with his wife, Helen, in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.
Full Moon Saturday Night
A young physician encounters joy and tragedy in life and death situations, not only professionally, but also personally. He has completed eight years of arduous medical training, heavily in debt from student loans, and is feeling adrift. He chooses to try out emergency medicine, and he finds the work exciting. At first the job is just as advertised, hours and hours of boredom, then the inevitable horrors and gut-wrenching calamities. Add a local factory, driven by corporate greed and total disregard for its workers’ safety, which draws him into a web of terror, and life in the sleepy southern town just got a little crazier. A nurse, herself in a situation spinning out of control, turns out to be his saving grace.
The protagonist is nearly killed as a result of his conscientious attempt to practice medicine ethically, and a lawsuit results. The pilot father dies on the same day as the startling conclusion of the trial, and the book ends with the doctor's retirement in a setting made possible entirely by the verdict.
Throughout, he compares his career and experiences to those of his father, a B-52 nuclear bomber pilot during the 1960s, and the first chapter takes the reader aboard an armed B-52 on an eerie exercise that could turn at any moment into a suicide mission.