David Vollman uses his free time to pursue conservation. From taking a boat down the Columbia River to monitor changes in radiation levels since Hanford’s nuclear plant closed, or exploring his backyard slough near Creve Coeur home he strives to find more efficient methods of doing things.
Early Life and Education
David Vollman was born August 1st 1956 in Cincinnati Ohio to David and Helen (Nee Reeder) Vollman.
Prolific author, he has published multiple novels and short stories as well as nonfiction pieces for publications like The New Yorker and Spin magazine.
He earned both his history and literature degrees at the University of California Berkeley before going on to receive a doctorate from the University of Southern California in literature.
He holds a deep-seated fascination for anthropology and philosophy as well as North American history, and is currently working on a seven-volume series of novels.
Vollmann has written eleven books, with most covering the history of North America. He is widely recognized for his prolific output, stylistic flair, and extraordinary connection between himself and his works.
In 2013, he was one of three finalists for the national Call to Service Medal due to his cataract surgery research. He helped develop a pilot project to track cataract surgery results against care at private hospitals; helping further refine medical practices and advance medicine practices.
He also leads teams within BJC HealthCare that monitor patient care progress in various fields like spinal care, orthopeds, pediatrics and robotic surgery. These teams share best practices as well as address any resource utilization or pathway issues for patient care pathways.
Achievement and Honors
David Vollman was honored with one of three finalists for the Call to Service Medal award, which recognizes federal employees who have made an impactful difference through public service. Vollman was recognized for his efforts in improving cataract surgery results within the Veterans Affairs system.
He serves as site director of the Ophthalmic Surgery Outcomes Data (OSOD) research project at the St. Louis VA and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers regarding health care outcomes, cost-effective delivery of healthcare, and quality improvement.
St. Louis Business Journal recognized Dr. Hein as one of 40 Under 40 finalist and currently serves as an instructor in ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine as well as staff ophthalmologist for John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis. Mo.
David Vollman is an ardent family man and grandfather, as well as an innovative inventor. A member of the United States Air Force and federal government employee, Vollman currently resides in California.
As staff ophthalmologist at Veterans Administration, David Vollman works to improve cataract surgery results. As part of a pilot project to track cataract surgeries and record them into a national database.
On top of his medical duties, he dedicates 50% of his time as an outcomes physician in the clinical advisory group at the Center for Clinical Excellence. Over time he has become an expert on human anatomy and how medication affects it.
Vollmann appears to lack an established moral compass; his neutral position appears to dismiss any notions of goodness or evil.
As a musician, David Vollman has amassed considerable wealth. He owns his home and two vehicles as well as numerous bank accounts.
He lives in a single-family house with Katie and their son Oliver and all are very content together.
As well as volunteering at his son’s school, he’s also an devoted father and grandfather devoted to his work.
Vollmann may be known for his over the top ambitions, yet he does not take himself too seriously as an authorial figure. Instead, his books blur the lines between candor, idealism, naivete and creepiness; his writing reflects what is happening within himself instead of simply following orders from an authority figure. If nothing else, give his works a read one summer or long winter just to see why so many are talking about them!