Walter D. Holder Jr., M.D., FACS is a semi-retired academic surgical oncologist with decades of patient care experience, medical and surgical teaching, and clinical and basic science research. He loves all things science and has been committed to scientific truth and integrity throughout his life. From childhood and continuing through his life, he has encountered numerous events that defy common explanations. He has kept a detailed journal throughout his life and has sought out individuals who have had similar experiences who have shared their stories with him. He quickly found that there is extreme prejudice and even ridicule against anything considered paranormal or involving religious faith by the scientific community and since it is considered impossible, is not a topic worthy of research or further consideration by science. He has lived in what seems to be two separate worlds that, as he has come to understand, are intertwined inexplicably. He has for many years wanted to write about the paranormal aspects of our lives and his foray into the topic is his first novel, Future Past Present, that is a fictional story containing aspects of the paranormal experienced by him personally and from accounts of friends, family and many people he has encountered.
He trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis Missouri, National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and was on the faculty at Stanford University Department of Surgery, Stanford, California, Carolinas Medical Center (UNC affiliate), now Atrium Health, in Charlotte, North Carolina and later in private practice at Swedish Hospital and Polyclinic in Seattle, Washington. He has subsequently worked as a Locum Tenens surgeon at several hospitals in Washington, California and Colorado. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, Society of University Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association for Academic Surgery, Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, David Sabiston Surgical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and founding member of the Tissue Engineering Society. He has written over 50 peer reviewed articles, has done 82 invited lectures and visiting professorships, 9 book chapters, over 70 abstracts and presentations, received 10 academic awards, has done multiple research and publication reviews, and was previously awarded one of Charlotte’s and later Seattle’s best doctors. He now lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Fran where he writes extensively, travels, gardens and greatly enjoys his good friends and neighbors and the fellowship of the Moravian Church.