Jane M. Orient obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981.
Dr. Orient has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989. She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare; Sutton's Law (a novel about where the money is in medicine today); two novels on Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine (where environmentalism is leading us as foreseen in the 1980s); and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, published by Wolters Kluwer. More than 200 of her papers and op-ed pieces have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News (www.aapsonline.org), the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter (www.ddponline.org), and Civil Defense Perspectives (www.physiciansforcivildefense....), and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (www.jpands.org).