About Me

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Cholet Kelly Josue was born in Nassau, Bahamas to Haitian parents. His very close family moved to Haiti when he was 4 years old, in a small, quaint coastal town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where he spent the next 12 years of his life. Cholet went to primary school in Haiti, where he attended the Brothers of the Christian School—a Jesuit model education. After the death of his father, he moved to the United States to join his mother in southern Florida.

He graduated from Deerfield High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University. He has a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His professional interests include neuropsychiatry, behavior neurology, functional neuroimaging, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and computational neuroscience.

Dr. Josue is a board certified psychiatrist; he currently lives and practices medicine in Maryland and Washington, D.C. He is a member of The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Maryland Psychiatric Association, the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Society for the Neuroscience.

 

Ever since I could remember, my main goal was to become a professional soccer player. That plan started to derail when I moved to the United States. I realized that my best chance to climb up the ladder into what Jack London called ‘the edifice of society’ was to major in a branch of the scientific fields. Except, as Jack London added, I did not know how hard it would be to climb up the rungs of that ladder. I made the emotional, difficult choice to drop collegiate soccer in my third year at Florida Atlantic University. It was literally a decision between me making As and Bs in chemistry and calculus or playing competitive soccer at the university level and risk getting lower grades. I chose better grades. Eventually, I went to medical school and became a physician. I have had many plans and dreams, but becoming a writer was never one of them—until about 5 or 6 years ago. Even now as I am writing this, I have been trying to give up the idea of writing. However, I will either become a writer or risk becoming unhappy. I have always been a happy person, naturally, that much I know for certain. So I turn to writing.

I was born in Nassau, Bahamas to Haitian parents. When I was 4 years old, my parents moved us to a small, quaint coastal town in Haiti that overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. Here I spent 12 of the happiest years that should be a part of all children’s lives. Looking back now, I am more convinced that my early childhood in Haiti, especially the first 4 years I spent while my dad was alive, is my ‘lost childhood paradise.’ Four years after moving to Haiti, my dad died; my mom moved to the US, in southern Florida; and, in 1984, I eventually joined my mom.

I attended primary schooling in Haiti, at the Brothers of the Christian School, a Jesuit model Florida Atlantic University. I always claimed that it is the only liberal education that I ever received. I graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in Florida and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University, a medical school degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

I am a physician with a background in psychiatry and special interests in developmental cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, behavior neurology, and  cognitive psychology. My other interests are in computer science, math, physics, linguistics, and philosophy.

I currently live in Maryland and practice medicine in Maryland and Washington, D.C. When I am not practicing medicine or writing, I enjoy dancing Latin dance and playing or watching soccer games.

I feel very privileged and humbled to embark on an exciting adventure, being a lifelong student of the brain, its anatomy, behaviors, and functions. My goal is to take that knowledge and tie it into a collection of life stories and offer them to the reader.

I’m writing a memoir that encompasses my childhood memories and experiences that are unique to my journey as an immigrant living in America. I’ll be talking about childhood memories through which run some universal human themes of family, community, sacrifice, faith, cultural heritage, and stories of survival—a car accident at three, a raging September Caribbean tropical storm, and migrating to a new land.

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