Alex Kumar, MD

Alex Kumar

Alex Kumar, MD

Global Health Physician

Alex is a British global health physician, photographer and experienced presenter working in public engagement.

For his age he is one the United Kingdom’s most traveled doctors, having lived, worked and traveled through over 90 countries.

Realizing a sense of humor weighs nothing, Alex travels light armed only with a stethoscope and his curiosity for life.

Born to dual British-Indian heritage, Alexander Kumar grew up in a small town in the Peak District in UK and graduated in medicine at Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’ in London (UK), undertaking placements in India, Israel, Shetland, South Africa, Brazilian Amazon rainforest and Canadian Arctic.

He has worked in medicine in Brighton (UK), trained in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care in Oxford (UK) and recently as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Infections in Leicester (UK). Alex gained further specialty postgraduate training in Tropical Medicine (DTM&H) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), Disaster Medicine (DMCC) and Mountain Medicine (DiMM).

His humanitarian experience includes working in Sierra Leone in an Ebola treatment center during the West Africa outbreak, Zika virus in South America, snake envenomation in the Amazon and tropical infectious diseases globally.

As one of UK’s most experienced expedition doctors, he has been the expedition doctor in mountain (high altitude), polar, jungle and desert environments; Alex is a faculty member and patron for World Extreme Medicine.

Fascinated by life in the polar regions, Alex lived in the Canadian Arctic and published the first piece of research on HIV among Inuit.

Then one hundred years on from Scott and Shackleton, Alex traveled to Antarctica and spent around one year living  and wintering on what he called PLANET CONCORDIA © at the Concordia Research Station as the European Space Agency (ESA) Human Spaceflight Research M.D. where he conducted research in the most extreme and remote environment on the planet to understand how far human physiology and psychology can be pushed towards a future manned mission to Mars.

Later in an article he wrote for the New York Times, Alex coined the phrase WHITE MARS © and co-designed the White Mars human science space analogue protocol (est. 2012) for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Coldest Journey, which attempted the first land crossing of Antarctica during winter.

Alex is a clinical research fellow with Oxford University in the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, Thailand and has active international research collaborations.

Working in a clinical role and in scientific research across the globe, he has published research in peer reviewed medical journals.

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