Professional Title Professor, PhD FRCS FRCP FRGS World Expert Frostbite and Cold Injuries Vascular Surgeon
Companies & Organisations Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital
Session Title Seven Summits – A Thirty Year Odyssey
Chris Imray started climbing whilst at school and has continued to travel the world to fulfill this passion. He has climbed as far afield as the sea cliffs of the Outer Hebrides to the volcanoes of Chile.
His altitude research began with the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society in the 1990s, and has continued with the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Group and CASE. He took part in the Xtreme Cho Oyu expedition to Tibet, as one of the medical officers and was the Deputy Climbing Leader of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. He summited both Cho Oyu (8201m) and Everest (8550m) and has the dubious distinction of having the second-lowest arterial gases ever recorded in an adult (at 8,400m). He is a member of the Alpine and Climbers Club and sits on the Mount Everest Screening Committee. He completed the Seven Summits in January 2019.
He is an acknowledged world expert in frostbite and non-freezing cold injuries and runs the UK internet telemedicine frostbite service for the British Mountaineering Council.
He is one of the authors of the BMJ Book of the Year Award for 2016 ‘ The Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. Although he has published over 180 peer review papers on various subjects including altitude medicine, cold injury, vascular surgery, and renal transplantation, he remains an active mountaineer and altitude/cold researcher.