L.B. Wells is the pseudonym for a very successful Board-Certified Surgeon, an ambitious physician who made her way through the jungle of medical training while overcoming the resistance of the male-dominated world of surgery.
The pseudonym allows her the freedom to plumb the raw truths of her life, including the male prejudices that made her personal journey so painful.
Wells has written a novel that unleashes the ambition necessary for a woman to push through the long road to becoming an esteemed surgeon while discovering sexuality and forbidden love for the first time.
Entitled “The White Coat Effect,” Wells has created a multicultural story that is often overlooked in today’s literary landscape. Her protagonist, Rory, a student from a devout Jewish background, is a late bloomer who loses her virginity in her twenties. Her early interactions with men are bumpy affairs that have her wondering what love and sex are all about. With humor and compassion, Wells describes how her mother kept her under wraps and worried more about the upkeep of their elaborate suburban home than her coming-of-age frustrations.
And then in Med School, Rory falls passionately in love with Amir, an Islamic surgeon from Pakistan. Both families turn against their children when confronted with a love affair that tears down religious boundaries. The resolution of their relationship is a dramatic study of whether love can conquer all obstacles.
Underscoring the novel’s emotional suspense, Wells learns and advocates young women to get to know their own erotic capability, and how to channel the power of their own sexuality. As a doctor and a woman, the author is an advocate of the fact that every woman’s sexual response is unique and therefore she must take ownership of that experience. Rory’s battle to avoid being objectified by older doctors and boyfriends is a very moving and sometimes humorous struggle to be respected as a professional in the same way that men pursuing professional careers are.
Ultimately, Wells writes with candor about her dilemma as a young doctor forced to choose between her career, the family she loves, and a love affair so out of control that she cannot let go.
Fluent in four languages, L.B. Wells has received numerous awards for her global humanitarian work and professional accomplishments. She has founded several medical programs around the developing world, and worked on initiatives to ensure medical screenings for the homeless and under insured here in the U.S. She is currently working on her next book.