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Alexander Kumar: From the Amazon to the Arctic

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 22 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1209


Alexander Kumar, 35, is a doctor and photographer who harks back to the age of exploration, having lived, worked, and travelled in more than 90 countries. His specialty training was in anaesthetics in Oxford and infectious diseases in Leicester, and his specialist interests include disaster, mountain, and tropical medicine, alongside global health security. He now works as an academic clinical fellow in general practice at Guy’s, King’s, and St Thomas’ in London. He worked in a treatment centre in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak and studied the Zika virus in Brazil. He spent a year with a group of 12 people isolated in central Antarctica, as the European Space Agency research MD and crew doctor. He has presented TV documentaries, written articles, and published his photos in dozens of international publications around the world.

What was your earliest ambition?

I’m all about people and places. I always wanted to travel and learn about the world, especially the natural world.

Where or when are you happiest?

Working in challenging foreign global health placements in diverse, austere, and remote environments, where a blend of geographical, medical, and foreign experience …

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