Tony (Neil A.) Holtzman started to write fiction after retiring as Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Health Policy, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins in 2002. His novels are based on professional experience, and American history. The Adirondack Mountains, where he still summers after many years, also serve as inspiration. His writing has benefited from workshops and courses at Stanford University, New Mexico State University, The Great Courses, and the Adirondack Center for Writing, of which he was a board member (2015-18). Tony has taught writing to prisoners at the Adirondack Correctional Facility (NY State) and currently leads a writers group in Menlo Park, CA, where he winters. While at Hopkins, Holtzman wrote two books on genetics and public policy, co-edited several others, and published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has four children and eight grandchildren. His wife, Dr. Barbara Starfield, died in 2011.

B.A. Swarthmore College, 1955 with High Honors
M.D. New York University College of Medicine, 1959
M.P.H. (Epidemiology) University of California Berkeley, 1984