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  • POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING Go By Boat: A Maine Author Talk by Dr. Chuck Radis

    Chuck Radis


    “Doc Martin meets All Creatures Great and Small” sets the tone for this uniquely American true tale about an island physician off the coast of Maine. Fresh out of training, Dr. Chuck Radis convinces his wife, Sandi, to move to Peaks Island to fulfill a Public Health scholarship obligation. Absent-minded and initially oblivious to island mores, Dr. Radis slowly adapts to a medical practice where x-rays and advanced laboratory testing are available only on the mainland. When he travels to the outer islands of Casco Bay for house calls, he relies on his physical examination skills and a Bass-Master tackle box filled with emergency medications to successfully manage his patients. Go by Boat is a respite from contemporary living, immersing the reader in the distinct cultures of four Maine Island communities, Peaks, Chebeague, Long, and Cliff Islands. In this event, Dr. Radis will share stories about the book and his experiences as an island physician.

    After graduating from Bates College in 1976 with a degree in biology, Dr. Radis committed to a career in osteopathic medicine after meeting a D.O. family practice bush pilot in Baja, Mexico. After completing his internal medicine residency, the young doctor moved his family to Peaks Island off the coast of Maine and provided primary care to four year-round islands in Casco Bay. In addition to his clinic duties on Peaks and Chebeague Islands, he traveled year-round by boat to the outer islands and logged more than 100 yearly house calls. For more than three decades, he has lived on Peaks Island with his wife, Sandi Korpela Radis, commuting year-round on his boat to the mainland. His public health work continues on the island, where he assisted in the design of a new health center, lobbied for senior housing, and is active in developing an assisted living facility. He has been a member of the Peaks Island Health Center Board of Directors for more than 30 years.

    This event will take place in the Community Room, with limited seating. For more information, please email

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