Professional title: Honorary Associate Professor of Extreme Medicine, Founder of World Extreme Medicine & Across the Divide Expeditions.
Companies & organisations: Founder of MSc in Extreme Medicine at Exeter University Medical School, Founder of World Extreme Medicine Conference Series, Social Innovator.
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Mark holds the world’s first honorary associate professor in Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and is the founding director of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Mark has been involved with expeditions for over 30 years and has led and organised expeditions to all of the world’s continents, both in desert and marine environments but also in both polar regions, at altitude and in the world’s most remote corners. Mark is also an award winning photographer with images published in the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Rough Guides and National Geographic.
Across the Divide was the first commercial expedition organisation to take salaried medical professionals on all of its expeditions and events, to train them in expedition medicine and provide a standardised medical kit. Realising that ATD medical staff were passionate about remote medicine and sharing their knowledge Mark, with the help of his inspiring medical team, established World Extreme Medicine (founded as ‘Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’).
Mark is the founding director of the World Extreme Medicine Conference a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working. The gathering is dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s medical professionals, willing to risk themselves to help others. The conference stimulates new thinking, extends professional relationships and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in challenging environments. The World Extreme Medicine Conference is organised as ‘Not for Profit’ activity by WEM.
He also founded, in a cooperation with the University of Exeter Medical School the world’s first MSc programme in Extreme Medicine. The programme’s hallmarks are the practical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to perform at the highest possible level in the field of extreme medicine. Key features are the residential locations of the courses across the UK, and environment specific modules located in the mountain, jungle, desert and polar regions. This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.
Through the activities of Across the Divide Expeditions Mark is proud to have helped in the facilitation of raising over £103/ $134 million for charity.