Enlisting in the army after high school, Frank became a warrant officer helicopter pilot and served a year in Vietnam. He did his undergraduate work in English and Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill, then went on to earn an M.D. from the University of Rochester. Along the way he began publishing poetry and enrolled in the wonderful MFA program in Writing at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
He was a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the 1990’s, including a lucky and inspirational stint as the Department Chairman.
Dr. Edwards left academic medicine to start a regional emergency medicine group called Delphi Emergency Physicians and still works clinically in several emergency departments in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region.
In 1994 he kicked off the first writing workshop for medical students at the U of R, though the university’s Division of Medical Humanities, and taught in this program for fifteen years.
He is the author of four books–the medical thriller Final Mercy; a collection of poetry and short stories called It’ll Ease The Pain; and two nonfiction medical books: Medical Malpractice; and The M&M Files (case studies in emergency medicine).