Historical Fiction Novel Penned by Longtime Rochester Endocrinologist

Apr. 28, 2009
Proceeds from “Following Joe” to benefit URMC diabetes research

University of Rochester Medical Center faculty member Alvin Ureles, M.D., has published a historical novel about an important Revolutionary War-era physician who played numerous key roles in this country’s quest for independence.

“Following Joe: The Patriot Doctor and the Siege of Boston” has been published by Outskirts Press and can be found on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookseller web sites. All proceeds from Ureles’ book benefit the University of Rochester Medical Center  Division of Endocrinology to fund endocrine and diabetes research.

The book recently placed second in the historical fiction category of the national Reader Views Literary Book Awards.

The novel tells the story of Joseph Warren III, colonial Boston’s most prominent physician, teacher, writer, orator and scholar. He becomes caught up in the radical movement, working to free the colony from British exploitation, and ultimately becomes a political and military leader. All the great names seek his help and leadership, each in a different way: cousins Samuel and John Adams, James Otis and John Hancock, to name a few. Paul Revere, his most trusted, faithful follower, joins him to lead the Freemasons in their amazing exploits, much of which are not included in U.S. history texts. This story of sacrifice, service and virtue, in novel form, reveals the dangerous choice for independence and union, the treachery of a friend turned spy, events at Lexington, Concord and Breed’s Hill, all in a fresh light. “Following Joe” calls attention to a revolutionary hero.

An avid Revolutionary War history buff, Ureles said, “Joseph Warren was a true celebrity in his day and needs to be once again brought center stage on our American pantheon.”

The URMC Division of Endocrinology is honored by Ureles’ generosity to donate proceeds to significant research endeavors, said division Chief Stephen R. Hammes, M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Ureles has always been a wonderful member and supporter of the Endocrinology Division and this is another example of him using his creativity and generosity to better our program.”

Ureles is a professor emeritus of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed a residency at Beth Israel Hospital and a Harvard teaching and research fellowship in Boston. He helped pioneer nuclear and ultrasound medicine as it relates to thyroid disease. Ureles served as chief of Medicine at The Genesee Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., for more than 20 years and continues to be involved at the University of Rochester Medical Center in training post-doctoral fellows, residents and medical students.