A Surgeon’s Odyssey by Richard Moss


“[A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY] belongs on the bookshelf as a modern tale next to the Iliad, the Odyssey, Ulysses, and the biblical Exodus.”
—John F.X. Ryan Jr., Former Managing Director, Sovran Limited and Pac West Distributing Inc., Executive Assistant, Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

“Dr. Moss gives the reader a glimpse of his three-year expedition into an exotic world, a true-life quest that is inspiring, uplifting, and tragic.”
Danny J. Barrett, Director, International Agreements, Commander, US Naval Forces, Japan

“A fantastic journey through third world Asian medicine, culture, and spirituality. Dr. Moss’s odyssey exposes the reader to people and worlds that would otherwise remain hidden. A must-read for the adventurous!”
—Diane Larson, RN, Charge Nurse of Endoscopy Services, Memorial Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center

“Moss is a captivating storyteller who from the first page masterfully pulls the reader into the world of his life as a young head and neck surgeon…Readers will be swept away in this incredible journey.”
—Kimberly Wagner, Featured Writer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and children’s book author

A Memoir
By Dr. Richard Moss

“Do not forsake your dreams for material security.” This wisdom, inscribed on a fortune cookie in a downtown Manhattan Chinese restaurant, was the catalyst a newly-licensed Dr. Richard Moss needed to book a ticket to Asia and start the next chapter in his life healing people overseas. In his exploratory and moving new memoir, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY (Archway Books; May 2018), Dr. Moss tells his story of entering the medical field by helping those in need and going on the adventure of a lifetime.

As a 33-year-old surgeon, fresh out of his residency training in Manhattan for Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat), Dr. Moss dedicated 14 years of his life to becoming a doctor and was finally at the point where he could start a practice and earn money. But when a letter from the hospital at Chiang Mai University in Thailand arrived, asking to put his experience to work in their Otolaryngology department, Dr. Moss was at a crossroads…Until fortune stepped in and made him realize what he wanted to do all along.

In A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY, Dr. Moss takes readers along his exciting journey as a young doctor learning to navigate the medical field on a foreign continent, far from his humble beginnings in the Bronx. He shares how, as a cancer surgeon of Jewish faith living in the exotic landscapes of Thailand, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, he had to teach himself to view situations from different cultural and religious perspectives.

Dr. Moss juggles his responsibility to heal with his bizarre and otherworldly wanderings through Asia, including: Meeting his wife Ying, a Buddhist Thai nurse he married in the context of unexpected and powerful Thai cultural imperatives; encountering the enigmatic Jewish-American Buddhist monk Uttamo living in the jungle at the Thai-Malaysia border; operating on a man by candlelight in Bangladesh when the power cut out in the hospital during a monsoon; motorcycling with Ying through the Himalayas and nearly getting rammed off a cliff by a mother Yak protecting her calf; practicing walking meditation in a forest temple in southern Thailand; surviving one of the worst typhoons and mudslides in modern history; getting shot at by a Burmese soldier when trying to cross the border; pounding a drum all night to ward off evil spirits at a Buddhist ceremony; receiving a prize chicken and newborn goat from a poor family as a token of their gratitude for a surgery performed on a loved one; and getting robbed on a train in India, only for Ying to jump on the thief’s back and successfully retrieve his stolen wallet.

Forgoing comfort and financial security to find himself in a strange but beautiful world, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY is the unique and inspiring journey of a cancer surgeon who, against conventional wisdom, embarks on a pilgrimage of healing, working under daunting circumstances among some of the most fascinating cultures in the world.

About the Author
RICHARD MOSS, M.D., is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with a private practice in Jasper, Indiana, where he has lived for over 25 years with his wife and four children. Dr. Moss earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  He is a columnist, a local businessman, and has sought political office. He is also the author of Matilda’s Triumph: A Memoir.

About the Publisher
Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly 90 years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kinds, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience.

A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY: A Memoir | Dr. Richard Moss
Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster | May 2018


Conquer Chronic Pain by Peter Przekop, DO, PHD

Conquer Chronic Pain

“Chronic pain affects as many as 30 percent of Americans . . . there are about 320 million people living in the United States, which means that approximately 110 million of them are likely to have chronic pain.” —Peter Przekop

Chronic pain is most widely defined as “any pain that persists for three months or more.” Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain every day, and some of the current treatments available may actually be causing additional harm or prolonged suffering. One of the most common treatment methods, the prescribing of opioid medications such as Vicodin and OxyContin, can have undesirable side effects and lead to addiction. In his book CONQUER CHRONIC PAIN: An Innovative Mind-Body Approach (Hazelden; November 3, 2015; $15.95; Original Trade Paperback), Peter Przekop, DO, PhD, provides healthy alternatives to treating chronic pain.
Dr. Przekop suggests that chronic pain is actually a disease in the brain and not only affects the brain, mind, and body but actually becomes part of the individual. Through his research, he discovered that people who could not cope with stress and who internalized emotions had an increased risk of becoming chronically ill. In addition, Dr. Przekop reveals that past negative experiences can hinder the healing process. The author also offers important information regarding the structure of the brain, how the mind is different from the brain, how the mind works, and how chronic pain alters brain functions.

This groundbreaking book also includes eighteen exercises specifically designed to help conquer chronic pain, including mindful movement–a schema exercise that helps us understand how our mind processes information—and clearing adversity, which helps us to clear negative energy that is locked inside, creating adversity.


  • Why people experience chronic pain and the factors that contribute to it
  • Exercises to help conquer chronic pain based on the philosophy of Qigong, as well as the six principles they are based upon
  • What the “three minds” are and their importance to alleviating pain
  • The chemical reactions behind pain signals
  • What neuroplasticity is and how it relates to chronic pain

CONQUER CHRONIC PAIN helps us to better understand chronic pain by explaining its causes and effects on the mind and body, reveals how a person’s coping strategies determine his or her ability to handle pain, and provides the exercises and information to assist in conquering chronic pain.

Peter Przekop, DO, PhD, has been doing research and developing his alternative model for managing chronic pain for more than ten years, four of them with the chronic pain clinic at the Betty Ford Center, and has published a number of research papers on the subject. Learn more about Dr. Przekop and his program by visiting http://www.peterprzekop.com/

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults.

Conquer Chronic Pain: An Innovative Mind-Body Approach
By Peter Przekop, DO, PhD
Hazelden Publishing
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1616497897
Original Trade Paperback
Price: $15.95
Pages: 200 pp.


Baby Care Anywhere by Ben Spitalnick, MD, MBA, FAAP & Keith Seibert, MD, MBA, FAAP

Baby Care Anywhere
The portable pocket guide to the baby basics that fits perfectly in a diaper bag or stroller pocket

CHICAGO: “Welcome to parenthood—in the age of ‘information overload,’” is the opening to a new resource for parents, Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting On the Go (American Academy of Pediatrics, July 2015) by Ben Spitalnick, MD, MBA, FAAP, and Keith Siebert, MD, MBA, FAAP. This go-to guide is the perfect, handy companion for new parents who are out and about with their child at the park, grocery store, shopping mall, airport, or anywhere else when they need quick and easy-to-find answers to difficult questions.

Drs. Spitalnick and Seibert have culled essential information that addresses questions their patient families raise over and over again. “Think of it as the reference manual that should have come with your newborn,” the doctors explain.

Busy new parents can rest assured they’ll have quick access to everything they need to know about jaundice, diaper rash, earaches, immunizations, sleep, reflux, fever, and much more at their fingertips. Baby Care Anywhere addresses 150 of the most frequently asked questions and concerns raised by new parents including:

  • What to ask at checkups
  • How to identify symptoms that need a doctor’s attention
  • What the top 12 diagnoses are and how to manage them
  • What things parents need to do to keep their children safe
  • What the must-haves are when on the go

Other invaluable information includes how to find a pediatrician and make the most out of doctor visits, feeding and bathing a newborn, and the top 10 symptoms that trigger a doctor visit for children. The guide also features helpful checklists and charts that parents can fill out for their own reference.

This portable pocket guide to baby basics fits perfectly in a diaper bag or stroller pocket, making it a great resource for new moms and dads on the go. Baby Care Anywhere is an empowerment tool for families that distills critical information for quick answers to parents’ questions – saving them precious time better spent on their new bundle of joy.

Ben Spitalnick, MD, MBA, FAAP, is a general pediatrician whose clinical experiences include office patient care, hospitalist duties, and newborn nursery care. He is managing partner of an 11-physician pediatric practice.

Keith Seibert, MD, MBA, FAAP, is a pediatrician and board member for a large multispecialty group practice in Savannah, GA. He has served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at both of the region’s hospital systems.

Book Details:
Title: Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting On the Go
Authors: Ben Spitalmick, MD, MBA, FAAP and Keith Seibert, MD, MBA, FAAP
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication: July 2015, $12.95 (CAN $ 14.95)
ISBN: 978-1-58110-896-5, eBook ISBN: 978-1-58110-897-2
Parenting & Family Care, 250 pages, 5 x 7

Also available from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Heading Home With Your Newborn (ISBN: 978-1-58110-893-4, eBook ISBN 1-58110-895-8)
RetroBaby (ISBN: 978-1-58110-837-8, eBook ISBN: 978-1-58110-832-3)
Mama Doc Medicine (ISBN: 978-1-58110-837-8, eBook ISBN: 978-1-58110-832-5)

Available on the HealthyChildren.org bookstore at http://shop.AAP.org/for-parents/.

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