Khaled Hosseini is a novelist and physician from Afghanistan. He is currently living in the United States, where he is a citizen. Hosseini earned a Medical Degree from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004. While in medical practice, he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, which was published in 2003 and has become an international best seller. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in May of 2007. Hosseini has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The concept for The Khaled Hosseini Foundation was inspired by a trip to Afghanistan Khaled made in 2007 with the UNHCR.