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As a clinical and forensic psychiatrist and retired Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Richard D. Lentz has extensive experience with individuals and families who have coped with traumatic brain injury.   He chose fiction as the best vehicle to make accessible this common, real, and poorly understood affliction–a story he is passionate to tell.  He completed the Novel Writing Project at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and is a participant in the Narrative Medicine Collaborative at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Minnesota. 


He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with an M.S in Neuropathology and an M.D. with Distinction in Research.   Before turning to psychiatry, he studied pediatric nephrology at the University of Minnesota and served for two years as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He lives in downtown Minneapolis with his wife, a psychoanalyst in private practice.  He enjoys spending time with family, including his two sons who live in the Twin Cities.  Among his many interests in retirement, besides writing, Richard serves on the board of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, now in its 70th year, writes the newsletter for his condo, and enjoys reading, theatre, music, exercise, and travel.

Richard was named Psychiatrist of the Year by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society in 2023.

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