Sarfeh, I. J.

After devoting thirty years to surgery, all of them at universities, I needed a rest and a change. Practicing medicine was gratifying, but it deprived me of life experiences outside hospitals and clinics and operating rooms. Write, my children said, because you’re a great story maker-upper. So I made up stories and published them. The first six were medical fiction, in the thriller or mystery or suspense genre with emphasis on surgeons whose characters are shaped by their profession.The next two are of the literary fiction genre. They are stories in which I drew on my experiences not only as a surgeon, but as an Iranian who lived in foreign countries for most of his life and who as a youngster suffered the barbs of prejudice.