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About the Author

Terrence O’Neil
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Dr “TJ” O’Neil is an Air Force brat who spent 30 years in the Air Force as a Nephrologist following an Internal Medicine residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio where he met his AF Nurse wife of 40 years, Susan, and a fellowship at the University of Texas San Antonio.  Together they ricocheted over three continents raising two daughters, starting at Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines. For three years he was the only military Nephrologist west of Honolulu, caring for Active Duty, retirees and family members and doing dialysis on chronic kidney failure patients, troops air-evacuated with Korean Hemorrhagic Fever, and trauma victims.  From there they traveled to California where he ran a solo Nephrology practice for 10 out of 13 years at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. When he was selected to command the 24th Medical Group at Howard Air Base, Republic of Panama for its last two years prior to turnover of the Bases to the Panamanian Government, the family traveled to Howard and had the most challenging and memorable experience of their military life.  Following closure, they returned to Scott AFB Illinois until 2001 when mandatory retirement happened only two weeks before 9-11. Unable to return to Active Duty due to age and length of Service Dr. O’Neil requested to work at the Scott AFB hospital as the only Nephrologist and one of only two civilian Chiefs of Medical Staff in the AF at that time.  After four years the hospital down-sized and the family again moved to Johnson City Tennessee, where Dr. O’Neil served for the next eleven years as the sole Nephrologist and for a period Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care Services, chief of Emergency Services and other roles until retiring a second time in 2016 after 45 years of Federal Service.  Today, TJ and Susan live in Johnson City where TJ lectures at the East Tennessee State University School of Medicine and teaches Residents and Veterans about kidney disease at the James Quillen VAMC.