Ronald S. Gibbs is a internationally recognized physician, medical researcher, and award-winning teacher. He is an American history buff and an enthusiastic map collector. Drawing upon these diverse passions, he brings to life The Long Shot: The Secret History of 1776, a compelling and imaginative alternative history novel. Growing up in Philadelphia, he developed a fascination with the American Revolution. These interests grew during medical school when he won a scholarship to research 18th Century military medicine in London. As his medical career progressed, Dr. Gibbs served as a Major in the Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC. He went on to become the Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Colorado. In 2015, he was appointed to his current position at Stanford University, where he is Clinical Professor and Knowles Distinguished Scholar. He is President of the California Map Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. An expert on infections in pregnancy, he has written hundreds of medical articles and some on history and has lectured around the globe. Dr. Gibbs has provided service to The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and numerous other professional organizations and medical journals. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Jane, close to their children and grandchildren.