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About Me

Biographies

Both Chris and Xand grew up in London and trained in medicine at Oxford University, graduating in 2002.

They have combined NHS work with global health work and television.

In 2004 Chris left his emergency room job for two months to go on his first trip to the arctic; a race to the magnetic north pole. He came second - a surprise result for a man who had learned to cross-country ski a month before his departure. Following this success he was invited to be one of Bruce Parry’s team as they recreated Captain Scott’s last hundred days at the pole for the BBC’s “Blizzard, a Race to the Pole”.

He returned to work much lighter (63kg) and with a greater interest in expedition medicine. He has since worked on expeditions in the Tibet, Belise, Brazil, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic both for medical research and filming. 

Xand completed his Diploma in Tropical Medicine in 2005 and went to work for Medecins du Monde in Darfur while Chris was away in Greenland. He has maintained an interest in humanitarian work including writing, teaching and work for Merlin.

“Blizzard, a race to the pole” was filmed by KEO films and it was through discussion with their team that Medicine Men Go Wild was conceived. This was shot during 2007 and involved travelling to Congo, Gabon, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Russia and Peru to look at health and medicine in some of the most remote places in the world.

Following “Medicine Men Go Wild” Chris returned to work in the NHS and is now a registrar in microbiology and infectious disease in London. Xand spent 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University completing a Master’s in Public Health. He is now working at the University of Toronto.

Chris and Xand are both currently working on television projects examining different aspects of global health.

Pictures on right from top to bottom: Chris looking cheerful at the start of the Blizzard expedition that would eventually see him at 63kg with such low blood sugar he could hardly walk; a quiet moment in the Charing Cross A&E department while we prepared for our publicity photo (see home page); Chris apprehensively awaits his fate at an Buiti ceremony in Gabon; Chris enjoys some of the local delicacy in Chukotka: a walrus fin that had been left to rot for 2 months (we brought some marmite which our hosts thought was far nastier than putrid sea mammal) I thought it was basically inedible but Chris genuinely grew to love it; watching as Bettina, a primatologist with whom we filmed in Gabon, uses a blow pipe to tranquillise a chimpanzee in order to test it for SIV (the chimpanzee equivalent of HIV); befriending a dwarf crocodile in the swamp forest in congo; removing the “small” bowel from a ten-ton grey whale in Arctic Russia. The most unpleasant part of the complex business of dressing a whale for the dinner table;  making our accommodation on our first day with the Biaka in Congo; Chris surveying his bath water at the end of a long stay in the forest.