For more than 25 years, Dr. Lesslie worked in and directed several of the busiest ERs in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He also served as medical director of the emergency department for almost fifteen years at Rock Hill General Hospital. Among his many duties there, he taught and certified the hospital staff in basic and advanced life support.
During his tenure as medical director, Dr. Lesslie received the American Medical Associationís Continuing Education Award. He also traveled around the country, giving lively, innovative lectures to the Emergency Nurses Association at their annual meetings in major cities including Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, and San Antonio.
Dr. Lesslie enjoys the fast-paced environment of the ER and the need to make rapid and accurate diagnoses. He views his medical career as an opportunity to go beyond simply diagnosing and treating individual patients. For Dr. Lesslie, it is a way to fulfill a higher calling by meeting the real physical and emotional needs of his patients.
One day, each of us will find ourselves in our own ERóa place of darkness, pain, and fear. It is here that we will suddenly be confronted by our own mortality, the death of a loved one, or some unexpected and life-changing occurrence. How will we respond? In his first book release, Angles in the ER, Dr. Lesslie tells the stories of those who travel into this valley and of those who care for them. Many of the experiences presented are profoundly spiritual. And while some are unbelievable and even comical, they are all true. Angels in the ER comes as a powerful reminder that each person, each story has something to teach us, causing us to examine our own hearts.
For seven years, Dr. Lesslie wrote a weekly medical column for The Charlotte Observer, presenting a wide variety of topics, both medical and editorial. Since it was first published four years ago, he has penned a column for the YC, a monthly publication in York County, where he has written on medical, philosophical, and personal topics.
An active member of his home church in Rock Hill, Dr. Lesslie serves as an elder, and he and his wife, Barbara, teach Sunday school and sing in the church choir. They are also involved with an outreach program for disabled/handicapped individuals, Camp Joy, where Dr. Lesslie serves as the camp physician for a week each summer. Dr. Lesslie also enjoys mentoring high school and college students considering a career in medicine.
Dr. Lesslie and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 35 years. Together they raised four children: Lori, Amy, Robbie, and Jeffrey, and are now enjoying five grandchildren.
In his spare time, Dr. Lesslie enjoys gardening, golf, hunting, reading, and bag piping.