Dr. Chris Derk was born in the United States by an American father and a Greek-Cypriot mother. At an early age his family moved back to Cyprus where he was raised and brought-up as a Greek-Cypriot. He attended a Greek-Cypriot elementary school and then continued his studies at the well-known Kykkos gymnasium in the capital city of Nicosia. He lived on the island from 1971 until 1986, during which time he had the dubious distinction of bearing witness to the invasion of the island in 1974, and the subsequent political events that followed. After graduating from high-school in 1986 he moved to the United States where he furthered his studies at the Pennsylvania State University receiving a Bachelors of Science in 1990. He continued on to receive a Medical Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994. From 1994 until 1997 he completed a three year residency in Internal Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. In 1996 he married his wife Bessie who is also of Greek descent. In 1997 after joining the United States Air Force he was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where he served as an Internist, and by the time he left military service in 2000 he achieved the rank of Major, and also held the position of Chief of the Internal Medicine Clinic at the military hospital on the base. In 2000 he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in the United States Military. He has published articles in multiple medical journals, but this is his first attempt at literature, chronicling life on the island of Cyprus from 1930 to the present. He is currently a Fellow in Rheumatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

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