After serving as a physician in the United States Navy for more than twenty years, Captain Lee Mandel retired to pursue his passion: military history. His first novel, Moryak: A Novel of the Russian Revolution, won the Santa Fe Creative Arts Council Grand Prize for Fiction in 2010. Throughout his distinguished career, he has served as the official historian and lecturer on three military ships and has published dozens of articles in medical journals. Beginning as a staff internist and working his way up to the position of command flight surgeon, Mandel was consistently recognized for his superior medical skills. Many of his posts included a significant teaching component, where he instructed students on the difficulties of caring for soldiers overseas. He is a highly sought-after public speaker who presents at universities across the country on military topics.
Mandel graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. During his time in the navy, he accumulated numerous awards. In addition to many letters of appreciation from his commanders and a Legion of Merit, he received five Meritorious Service Medals and three Navy Commendation Medals. Mandel is a board member for the Society for the History of Navy Medicine and was president of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons. An authority on John F. Kennedy, he has also been featured on â€œTen Things You Didnâ€™t Know About JFK,â€ an episode of the History Channelâ€™s Ten Things You Didnâ€™t Know About series.
Mandel is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Omega, and the Aerospace Medicine Association. During a ten year stint as a physician in the private sector, he owned an internal medicine practice, ran a large health organization, and served as an assistant professor of medicine. When he is not writing or researching, he works part time as a medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a staff physician at Newport News Shipyard Clinic. He lives with his wife in Chesapeake, Virginia.