Harley Dresner grew up in Plainview, New York. A midsize town in the middle of Long Island, Plainview’s culture and his nuclear family’s specific subculture provided the foundation for many of the anecdotes included in Mishegas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, Harley earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He also left Albert Einstein with a marriage license, meeting Elyse during orientation and marrying her four years later. After medical school, Harley completed surgical residency in Otolaryngology and fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Currently, he resides in Minneapolis with Elyse and his two children, Daphne and Zachary. He is an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery and Co-Director of the fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Serving as one of the physicians for the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team and sitting on multiple national committees within the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery compliment his clinical practice of medicine.
To date, Harley has authored seven peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters in the medical literature. Mishegas represents his first foray into the realm of popular non-fiction. It has certainly proved to be the most enjoyable literary effort of his life.