Frederick Foote, M.D. was born on December 2, 1951, in Arlington, VA. He was educated at St. Johns College (Annapolis), The University of Chicago, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Yale University. He served 29 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted medical Corpsman, general medical officer, and neurologist. Apart from 9 years in the Norfolk, VA area and at sea, Dr. Foote has spent much of his career at The National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Bethesda, MD. From 2000 to the present, he has developed more than a dozen holistic medicine programs at Walter Reed, ranging from healing buildings and gardens to alternative medicine projects and family interventions, with a view to healing brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, the “invisible wounds” of the Iraq/ Afghan wars. His current initiatives are the $4 million Green Road Project (the nation’s largest healing garden, www.greenroadproject.org); the Walter Reed Arts Program ( www.artsacrossthemilitary.org); and the newly-minted Maryland Network of Arts and Gardens for Veterans. Dr. Foote is an Institute Scholar at the institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore (www.tiih.org) and an adjunct assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD.
Frederick Foote’s first book of poetry, Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, won the Grayson Books Poetry Prize and was published on October 15, 2014. The book describes the experiences of America’s Wounded Warriors, as well as foreign Muslim patients, and extols the healing feats of our military and V.A. medics. The poems have appeared widely in national magazines, including The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Progressive, Commonweal, and The South Carolina Review. Book launch events took place across the Washington/Baltimore area from October through December, with further events scheduled throughout 2015. Dr. Foote also directs the Warrior Poetry Project at Walter Reed and is poetry editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the magazine of the Veterans Writing Project (www.o-dark-thirty.org).