About The Author
“Too many patients forget—or choose to ignore—their role in achieving the pain-free life they are dreaming about. I am not a doctor or a medical practitioner of any kind. I am also not an athlete or particularly physically fit. I also don’t possess any special knowledge beyond what I experienced before, during, and after my surgeries.
Simply, I have the best possible training and most important credential necessary to write about the patient experience: I was a patient and I recovered.
Just like you, I am a person who faced the very serious challenges that are a part of spine surgery. But, I made a choice before I committed to surgery to not be just another patient. I made a commitment to be an optimized patient—and you can do it too.”
Harvey Warren has enjoyed many careers, from screenwriter to film producer to financial services professional. With a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, writing has always been his passion. As the Optimized Patient he fulfills his dream to write about healing. Mr. Warren lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Wileen.