family, loyal to the Czar, escaped from Russia during
the Communist Revolution. Vladimir grew up in Brazil,
spending summers on a small farm at the edge of the rain
forest, riding horses and picking coffee beans by day,
and reading Russian books by candlelight at night.
Vladimir's late teens, the Lange family moved to a remote
desert village in Iran, with its nomad shepherds and ancient
Persian ruins. Following two years of home schooling,
Vladimir transferred to a high school in a Jesuit convent
dissecting a frog in biology class, Vladimir decided to
become a surgeon. To pursue his dream, the seventeen-year-old
Lange, who barely spoke English, moved from Paris to New
York. After three years of unrelenting studies at NYU he
was accepted to Harvard Medical School.
age 24, married to a fellow physician, Lange moved to California
and embarked on a career in emergency medicine. As a relief
to 24-hour shifts dealing with blood, pain and death, he
filled his off hours with adventures like piloting his single
engine plane to South America, or ice climbing in the Himalayas.
Medicine and mountaineering came together on a glacier at
18,000 feet on Peak Lenin, when Lange saved the life of
an injured climber, by performing an emergency thoracostomy
with little more than a Swiss Army knife and a piece of
A mid-life "course correction" took Lange from
medicine to video production. Within a few years, Lange
became an international award-winning producer and best-selling
author of educational programs, particularly in women's
searching for new frontiers, and inspired by writings of
fellow physicians like Gerritsen and Palmer, and schoolmate
Crichton, Vladimir turned to yet another challenging endeavor:
fiction writing. The result: his widely-acclaimed techno-medical
thriller, FATAL MEMORIES.