Medical Director World Extreme Medicine, University of Exeter M.Sc in Extreme Medicine Programme
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World Extreme Medicine, Exeter University
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Alex qualified as a doctor in 1994 and is now a GP in South Devon. Before general practice he worked in anaesthetics and emergency medicine. He became Medical Director of World Extreme Medicine, the world’s leading extreme medicine supplier in early 2015.
He started rock climbing and mountaineering as a teenager and since then has travelled extensively to Iceland, North America, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Alex has worked as a medic on many overseas trips for charity challenges, including summiting Kilimanjaro three times.
Alex is a helmsman and navigator on the RNLI Torbay Lifeboats and has experience in search and rescue, communications and performing pre hospital medicine in austere environments. The lifeboat work was a progression from his background in offshore sailing
As medical director for WEM Alex teaches and direct courses delivering skills in wilderness medicine, communications, group dynamics, search and rescue and achieving the mindset needed to think laterally and find solutions with minimal resources.
He is responsible for developing new courses to meet the needs of this ever-expanding branch of medicine.
His current focus is the development of academic strategy, governance structures and delivery of the Diploma in Expedition & Wilderness Medicine and the MSC in Extreme Medicine.