About the Author

Joan B. Lehmann, M.D.

Dr. Joan B. Lehmann is a family practice physician and has worked in a busy emergency department of a community hospital in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland for the past ten years. Her training was completed at the Marshall University School of Medicine where the goal of her family medicine program was to provide primary care in rural areas with an emphasis on public health. It is her keen insight to public health issues that has fueled her interest in the American obesity epidemic. She is determined to raise awareness of the problem and to offer a solution in her book The Fizz Factor.

Since then, she has done several television and radio spots for medical and local color topics, including WNAV’s morning show, Fish Tales and Whoppers. She has also contributed dozens of medical articles to local newspapers, The Capital and The Maryland Gazette. Lately she has written a memoir about caring for the country folk of West Virginia which includes an 800 pound homebound patient, Don’t Move Lily and a novel about a coal miner during The Great Depression, Heaven Below.

Dr. Lehmann serves as a medical advisor to her state representative on an informal basis. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, The American College of Women’s Health Physicians and Med Chi, the Maryland State Medical Society. She is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a national medical honor society, an alumnus of Delta Zeta sorority and a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association.

She is an avid gardener, crabber and fisherwoman. She has two children and lives with her family in Pasadena, Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. Even after fourteen years training in West Virginia, Joan always knew she would return to Maryland. “I was born in June and all crabs must eventually return to the sea.”