V A Nelson


V. A. Nelson was born in Graceville, Minnesota. He graduated from Edina (Minnesota) High School in 1961. He earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1965 and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1969. His wife, Debbie, and he were married during his senior year of medical school. They have three children and four grandchildren. He took further training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California (Stanford University), Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii (University of Hawaii), McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan (Michigan State University), and at the U.S. Army Aero-medical Center in Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
He served as a flight surgeon on army active duty from 1973-1975. In January of 1974 he proposed, to the army, an ejection system for helicopters using explosive bolts to release the rotor blades before timed upward crew ejection. The Russians now have it. In 1975, he entered private medical practice in Anoka, Minnesota. In 1978, he moved to Houston, Texas where he has been the Clinical Director of a University of Texas residency program, and the medical director of a hospital clinic.
In May of 2004, he was assigned by the University of Texas Medical Branch to work in the Flight Analog Research Unit and in the Human Test Subject Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. There, he supported work on countermeasures to the pathophysiologic effects of prolonged space-travel.
In July of 2009, he contracted to work in the Soldier Readiness Center at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was present during the November fifth shooting and was one of the first responders to render medical care to the victims.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had many childhood adventures that possibly could be material for future writings. I had never planned to be a writer and I took the minimum English class requirements to graduate from college. I attended medical school and practiced medicine for decades. I had once promised my high school English teacher that some day I would write a novel. I kept that promise decades later by publishing The Tower Of Babel: NASA's Great Endeavor
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
For me, the first story was not read but was heard on a 45 RPM record player. It was a Walt Disney production of Treasure Island. I listened to it so many times that I almost had the entire story memorized.
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Where to buy in print


Patient-Centered Healthcare Reform: What We Want And Need
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: American English. Published: December 31, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healthcare issues
This book offers a better alternative healthcare system to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Magnificent Endeavor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,830. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Earth has survived into the third decade of the twenty-first century; but two superpowers have become embroiled in a deadly space race.

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