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.