Show Date: November 7th, 2018
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Herbert Keyser, MD, OB-GYN
Medical Doctor in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Author and Lecturer
Dr. Herb Keyser was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attended Central High School, Temple University and Hahnemann Medical University before leaving for New York to get his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He went on in the practice of Ob-Gyn to become co-chairman of the department at one of the largest hospitals on Long Island. He also served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the war in Vietnam. During that time he authored and co-authored numerous articles in medical journals and chapters of textbooks.
Shifting gears he wrote two books on America’s health care system, WOMEN UNDER THE KNIFE and PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER: HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. The latter had forewords by the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Subsequent to their publication he lectured throughout the United States. On television he made three appearances on NIGHTLINE with Ted Koppel. He was seen twice on Regis Philbin’s Show, CNN and an HBO Special, besides scores of local radio and TV programs.
He then turned his attention to world travel. His third book, TWO DRIFTERS..OFF TO SEE THE WORLD tells of some of those hilarious adventures as he and his wife Barbara traveled for an entire year by car, boat, train and plane throughout Europe.
Dr. Keyser expanded his eclectic life style to include his long time hobby as a pastry chef. He persuaded 14 of the greatest pastry chefs in Paris to take him into their kitchens and teach him how to prepare one dessert, lemon tarts. His fourth book, A CHAUTAUQUAN SEARCHES PARIS FOR THE BEST TARTE au CITRON, published in June 2005, relates to that marvelous experience. To date, Keyser has raised more than $55,000 from lemon tartes for charity.
As a young man, he subsidized his education through scholarships and performing on local TV as an announcer, singer and dancer. In the summers, he performed in the Borscht Belt, learning about theatre and participating in musical comedy and as an M.C. Most recently, with his fifty year love and participation in theatre, he has been lecturing in an enchanting series, Geniuses Of The American Musical Theatre. His fifth book with the same title was published in October of 2009 by the Hal Leonard Corporation. It received very gratifying reviews.
Keyser’s sixth book, and first novel, AN UNQUIET LIFE: Odyssee Of A Whistleblower, was published in 2016.
When not in San Antonio, he and his wife Barbara can be found in their dwellings in New York City or the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State, involved in philanthropic efforts or a new exciting travel adventure. They have six children and ten special grandchildren.