A Surgeon Opens Up About His Career and His Unique Role with the NYPD

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Dr. Gregory Fried delivers tales, lessons and losses from his time as a General Surgeon and the Executive Chief Surgeon NYPD

(Feb. 26, 2018) – Where were you on September 11, 2001? Dr. Gregory Fried was there on the ground, in his official role as an Executive Chief Surgeon with the New York Police Department. He was tending to the injured when Tower 2 collapsed, burying him in rubble and debris.        

The life of a surgeon, and also of one serving the NYPD, is anything but conventional. Dr. Fried shares the responsibilities and rewards of a wide-ranging career in his narrative “Life on the Thin Blue Line: Tales of the NYPD Executive Chief Surgeon,” revealing insider observations and intriguing details.

“Life on the Thin Blue Line” is a compelling autobiography that chronicles Dr. Fried’s surgical career and his role with the NYPD. He recounts his medical training and residency on the way to becoming a practicing general surgeon, and also the Executive Chief Surgeon for New York’s finest. Dr. Fried sheds light on the challenges of being an active surgeon accompanied with the fascinating and sometimes tragic experiences of caring for the NYPD.

Dr. Fried deals with working in the late 20th Century in New York City during a stressful period of high crime, new challenges and police trauma. He vividly recounts his personal experiences as a first responder on 9/11. As a result of his efforts, Dr. Fried was the only Police Surgeon to ever be awarded the NYPD Medal for Valor.

“Life on the Thin Blue Line” is a very personal account of an insider’s view of surgery. It’s also a revealing look at the unique perspective Dr. Fried had concerning the NYPD, police trauma, and the evolving practices of surgery.

Kirkus review praised the book as “a sometimes grisly but compulsively readable look behind the surgeon’s mask” and “the author’s bone-dry sense of humor helps put even horrific situations into perspective. Overall he remains an optimistic presence…”

Clarion review says “He is relatable, even though he has lived an extraordinary life”and “shares these events with an eagerness and sincerity that is endearing.”

“Life on the Thin Blue Line: Tales of the NYPD Executive Chief Surgeon”
By Gregory Fried
ISBN: 9781480846289 (hardcover) 9781480846272 (softcover) 9781480846296 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Archway Publishing

About the author
Gregory Fried, M.D., F.A.C.S., attended Cornell University and NYU Medical School. He began his career at Bellevue Hospital as a general surgeon and became the Executive Chief Surgeon for the New York Police Department. He was a first responder on 9/11 and was almost killed when the South Tower collapsed. While the terrorist attacks effectively ended his surgical career, he continues to stay active pursuing numerous civic and private interests.

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