William LeMaire


I was born on November 3, 1933 in a small town close the major port of Antwerp in Belgium. All of my primary and high school education was in Antwerp. I lived through WW II and the German occupation.

I went to medical school at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where I graduated in 1958. My internship was in Schenectady, New York. When I finished the internship, Belgium still had an obligatory military service. Instead I signed up with the Belgian colonial health service and was assigned to a government hospital in the interior of the former Belgian Congo, now called, after their independence from Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I left there in the middle of 1960 shortly after that country obtained its independence.

After completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami in 1965, I completed a two year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in Miami and then joined the faculty of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the UM. I rose rapidly in the academic ranks and was promoted to full professor in 1974.

Wanting to retire early from my academic position, I left the full time practice there at the end of 1989 at the age of 55. However I remained in the faculty and to date I am an Emeritus Clinical Professor of the University of Miami.
After leaving the University of Miami, I worked for various lengths of time as an obstetrician and gynecologist in a number of locations around the world and and in the USA. These locations include : Okinawa Japan; Karachi, Pakistan; Sitka, Alaska, Queensland, Australia; Tasmania, Australia; New Zealand; St Lucia in the Caribbean; Chiapas, Mexico. Many of my assignments were organized through an organization out of Salt Lake City in Utah, called Global Medical Staffing. This organization recently ran an article about our travels and experiences in their newsletter. the link is : http://www.gmedical.com/newsletter/LeMaire

Currently (2012), I am working intermittently as a locum specialist at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska

I am board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I have a license to practice in Florida and in Alaska.

I have belonged to a number of professional societies and have carried a number of editorial and peer review responsibilities. I was honored with a Fogarty Senior International Fellowship for one year in 1997 at the University of Goteborg in Sweden. I am an author of about 150 publications in various professional journals.

I am married to Anne and have four children and eight grandchildren. I am fluent in English, Dutch and French and conversant in Spanish. My wife and I are both in excellent physical health. We enjoy outdoor activities and we were both competitive swimmers. We do a lot of traveling within the USA and in other countries.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
As the book will tell, I had a rather unconventional and varied career as an obstetrician and gynecologist, first in academia at the University of Miami and after age 55 living and working in many different cultural settings in the USA and abroad. This gave me a wide crosscultural experience resulting in a wealth of medical and non medical experiences. Hearing about these experiences, my family, friends and colleagues would invariably tell me: "Wim, you should write a book about these wonderful adventures." That, I resisted for a long time as I felt that no one would be interested in reading about it. Everyone kept telling me how wrong I was, so finally I gave in and started writing, but without any previous literary experience, even though I had published a considerable number of scientific/medical papers, published in our medical journals. Once I started writing it kept "flowing". And "voila!" here it is.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My one and only book (so far) is a non-fiction book, kind of an auto biography. It begins by describing my rather conventional academic career on the beaten path until something happened that shook us (my wife and I) out of our complacency. There was certainly more to life than work and career success. The untimely death of my best friend was this trigger. So at age 55 I resigned from my successful career and started off the beaten path. I started working for relatively short times ( six months to two years) in many different cultural settings, including Africa, Japan, Pakistan, Alaska, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, St Lucia and Chiapas, Mexico. This work was interspersed with long periods of travel in the US and abroad.

The book describes these incredible rich experiences and the satisfaction that came from this career change and early "retirement." Although a bit scary at first, when we jumped off the beaten path, we have never looked back.
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Where to find William LeMaire online


Crosscultural Doctoring.On and Off the beaten Path
Price: Free! Words: 73,290. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This is about my academic career as an Ob&Gyn; my decision at 55 to jump in the unknown; my work abroad; and how I accomplished this. The book is a series of loosely connected anecdotes, medical and non medical, funny and not so funny. I will convey the excitement and satisfaction of this decision. The hope is that the book will inspire others to make the jump and may be even to write their story

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