Born in 1936, Ed Dodge grew up as a missionary kid in Angola, Africa. Some of his adventures included living in the wilds of northern Angola, hunting for wild game, and traveling across many poorly charted areas of Africa. He first visited Zimbabwe at age 12 when his parents drove across Africa with their four children to attend a missionary Conference.
He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine with his MD degree in 1962. Earning the Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1967, he became an Assistant Professor at the Public Health College in Gondar, Ethiopia for two years.
When he returned to the United States, much of his career was spent in Florida, where he directed a local health department for a few years and was a family physician for many years. He also served as Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida.
After retiring in 1996, Dr. Dodge made numerous Volunteer-in-Mission trips to Zimbabwe over a number of years. In 2010, he was appointed as a volunteer Visiting Adjunct Professor at Africa University in Zimbabwe, teaching in the Master of Public Health program for one semester each year since then.
His years of experience in clinical and public health in Africa and the USA have given him a broad perspective of health challenges in both the developing and the developed world. Through his experiences, he grew to understand the great value of embracing the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Quantum physics and cutting edge research support such a perspective.
In his first book, Tim’s Story: Spiritual Perspective of Health, Dr. Dodge describes this emerging trend in medicine and defines the individual’s responsibility in this new paradigm of health.
His second book, Dan’s Story: One Man’s Discovery of His Inner Health Power, is an absorbing tale about a man with health problems who learns how to tap into his inner health power. The keys to health that he discovers are empowering for anyone who takes them to heart.
Dr. Dodge’s Ten Steps to Exceptional Health was published in 2010. This book outlines the basic steps anyone can take to achieve excellent health.
His next book, Be Healthy: Simple Guidelines for Lifelong Well-Being, was released Jan. 2, 2014. This is an excellent guide to healthy living. Grounded on solid science, its practical approach is welcoming to everyone who wants to take steps toward healthier living. A Wellness Toolkit allows anyone to begin with baby steps that steadily lead to consistent well-being.
The author publishes a Wellness Newsletter and writes a blog on The Joys of Healthy Living.
M.D. – Indiana University School of Medicine, 1962
M.P.H. – Johns Hopkins University, 1967
Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine, 1972
Board Certified, American Academy of Family Physicians, 1976
Brief biographical highlights
Born in Salamanca, NY in 1936
Grew up in Angola, Africa
High school – Ridgewood, New Jersey
College – Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Lived in Inverness, Florida, 1971-2009
Residence in San Antonio, Texas, 2009 –
Summary of Experience
Lieutenant Commander, USPHS, 1964-66
Asst. Professor of Public Health, Haile Selassie I University, Ethiopia 67-69
Staff physician, Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, KY, 1969-71
Director of Citrus-Levy Health Department, 1971-74
Family physician, Inverness, Florida, 1975-96 (Now retired)
Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Africa University, 2010 – 2015
Adjunct Faculty, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio Texas, 2017 –
Biographical Profiles & News Links
Ed Dodge: Remembering Africa
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Rekindling a continental connection: Ed Dodge, MD’62
Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Dodge has three children and ten grandchildren. He and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas when he is not doing volunteer work or teaching in Africa.