We are thrilled to be welcoming physician, humanitarian, professor and trauma expert Dr Mads Gilbert to this year’s World Extreme Medicine Conference, where he will share his own unique experiences of working in remote and inhospitable locations and inspire other potential like-minded medics into taking the next step in their career, combining their passion for medicine with the great outdoors.
As a Norweigan anaesthesiologist, Medical Director for the Clinic of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of North-Norway and professor at The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø – the northernmost university in the world, Mads comes with an immense array of pre-hospital, humanitarian and extreme remote medicine experience and is the perfect person to speak about extreme pre-hospital care and retrieval medicine as someone who lives and practises these medical fields on a daily basis.
With a special interest in hypothermia; Mads led the team in the emergency room in the extraordinary ‘Bågenholm case’, where Anna Bågenholm was brought back to life after a skiing accident, that saw her fall through a frozen river and become trapped under the ice. Her body temperature dropped to 13.7 °C which represented the lowest survived body temperature recorded as of 2017. This breakthrough in treating extreme hypothermia has been featured in ‘Another Day: Cheating Death’ a CNN television programme as well as being chronicled in the book ‘Cheating death: the doctors and medical miracles that are saving lives against all odds’ by Sanjay Gupta.
Mads has also been instrumental in organising and training pre-hospital emergency medical care systems in rural, remote areas in sub-Arctic Norway as well as in rural communities in the global South and in conflict zones. He has a broad range of international medical experiences, especially in locations where clinical and health political issues merge, such as Burma, Cambodia, Angola and Palestine. Over the last 30 years Mads has been actively involved and has done solidarity medical missions for the Palestinians and served in Gaza hospitals during the attacks on Gaza in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014. His unique experiences have led to him co-author several papers and two documentary books on the medical conditions he encountered in Gaza during Israeli attacks – ‘Eyes in Gaza’ (2009) and ‘Night in Gaza’ (2015).
We are extremely fortunate to have Mads be part of our conference and we know our delegates will enjoy his highly inspiring, passionate and interesting talks over the two days he is with us. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and be motivated into kick starting your own extreme medical career.
You can see Mads speak on the following topics on Day 1 and Day 3 in the Biosphere:
Day 1: Combining a career in medicine with a passion for outdoors
Time: 12.30 – 13.15*
Day 3: Organising emergency medicine in the Arctic
Time: 14.15 – 15.00*
* please note times may vary while the programme is being finalised
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