David ClarkInstructor of Writing

David Clark is a physician, writer, and artist.  After spending thirty years practicing specialized skin cancer surgery including twenty-five years as a tenured Professor of Medicine/Surgery at the University of Missouri, he attended graduate school at Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri and Seattle Pacific University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts Degree in English (Creative Writing) in 2012.  Dr. Clark continues his interest in medicine by spending time in Guatemala providing medical services, editing a medical journal (Dermatologic Surgery), and serving on numerous national committees.  He writes a regular book column (The Occasional Reader) published for physicians, has had work included in two recent essay anthologies, is currently trying to find a home for a book-length fiction manuscript, and blogs at davidclarkart.com.

Dr. Clark’s current projects include making one-of-kind hand-made books, writing a collection of essays on art-making, and writing a book-length exploration of the varied career paths taken by physicians over forty-five.   

In addition to teaching medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri, Dr. Clark taught in the undergraduate honors program and developed a literature and medicine humanities option for both medical students and undergraduates.  At Fort Lewis College he teaches English 265 (Semantics) and Comp 125 (Reading in College) and is driven by a desire to see all students achieve excellence, if not a love for the craft of words.

BA 1971 Biology, Chemistry University of Kansas
MD 1975 University of Colorado
MFA 2012 Seattle Pacific University

Office: Jones 137
Phone: (970) 247-7193
Email: dpclark@fortlewis.edu