Apr 16, 2018
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to explore the Amazon LOOKING for venomous, poisonous and toxic risks? Or how about pondering what it takes to get in the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Club? Or how about summiting Mt. Aconcagua or making it to Everest Base Camp, or even to Antarctica? How about curiosities as to what makes the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative tick and the amazing projects it undertakes to make the work a better, healthier, and safer place?
Well then you will enjoy this laughter filled and inspirational episode with the remarkable Dr. Tim Erickson. Tim is a Core Faculty at the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with expertise in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change. He also has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria. He’s also an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Erickson is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Medical Toxicology, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Club. Previously, he served as the Director for the Center for Global Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Erickson has been a member of multiple editorial boards and has a prolific academic history including publishing over 120 original journal articles and book chapters as well as editing 4 major textbooks. He has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures related to emergency medicine, toxicology, humanitarian global health, and wilderness/expedition medicine. And he has extensive international experience in Africa (Rwanda, Sudan, and Kenya), Asia (India, Vietnam, and Nepal), South America (Brazil, Peru, and Argentina), Europe (Kosovo, Ukraine, France) and Antarctica.
But he’s also lobbed a snake at my daughter (it’s OK, it was rubber).
His office is filled with blowgun darts that may or may not still have qari on their tips, as well as skulls and a variety of spiders and snakes, which I believe are all dead, but with Tim, you never know. So be warned….
In this episode we travel around the world to humanitarian hot spots as well as Antarctic rescues in very cold spots. We discuss his Tox-Boy beginnings and his current work at Harvard, and a great deal in-between.
Tim is the poster-boy for living a life in full—adventure, family, healing others, and training future and current physicians and healthcare providers—while have an amazing time doing it all.