J. Michael Holloway

Mike Holloway was born in Greenwood, South Carolina. Summer trips to rural Alaska in 1961 and 1962 ā€“ begun as an adventure ā€“ led to his friendship with Johnny and Sarah Frank, and redirected his life.

As an undergraduate, Mike attended The Citadel, where he was a member of the Junior Sword Drill. After completing medical studies in South Carolina and interning in Virginia, he became a doctor with the Peace Corps and then for the Bristol Bay Native hospital in Alaska. He returned to the South to complete a residency in orthopedic surgery. In 1973 he joined the orthopedic staff of the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) in Anchorage. In 1977 Mike took a year and a half break from orthopedics and worked as a subsistence advocate and Washington D.C.-village liaison for the Alaska Rural Community Action Program. He then returned to work at ANMC, where he served some years as Chief of Orthopedics and received a number of awards for his service.

In 2001, Mike was diagnosed with Parkinsonā€™s disease, ending his work at ANMC. Feeling that he still had much to offer, he taught orthopedics through Health Volunteers Overseas.

Mike is married to Margie Gibson. Their home on a mountain slope near Indian, Alaska is often visited by bears.

To learn more, check out www.jmichaelholloway.com

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