Mark Plaster, MD, is not your typical emergency physician and certainly not your typical politician. Born the son of a minister in the Midwest, Dr. Plaster focused on academics and basketball throughout high school so he could land a full-ride basketball scholarship to college, where he met and married his college sweetheart, Rebecca. Dr. Plaster and Rebecca went on to raise three children, who, so far, have given them seven grandchildren.
As an emergency physician, Dr. Plaster has spent most of his life working the night shift in some of our nation’s biggest cities. He received his law degree in health law so he could better understand the health care field and the policy and politics behind it. Dr. Plaster started writing for a medical magazine and eventually realized he could produce a magazine himself. He started a publishing company and grew it to produce two national magazines and one international magazine every month, all of which started on a picnic table and a dot-matrix printer in his basement. Today, Emergency Physicians Monthly is one of the most widely read emergency medicine publications in the industry, and Dr. Plaster’s “Night Shift” columns have been compiled into a book of the same title.