Posted by vanessa on March 2, 2017
The Program in Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Kamler, MD will speak at the 2017 graduation ceremony, which will take place on May 16th. Dr. Kamler is a microsurgeon who practices surgery of the hand in New York and extreme medicine in some of the most remote regions on Earth, from the Andes Mountains to the Antarctic to the Amazon rainforest. He has gone on many expeditions with National Geographic, helping to carry out geological research and precision mapping of less traveled areas of the world. He has also served as the chief high altitude physician in research by NASA, helping examine the human body’s response to high altitudes.
He has also chronicled his adventures in the books "Doctor on Everest" and "Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor's Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance". His treatment of the climbers in the largest disaster to happen on Mount Everest was portrayed in the book "Into Thin Air" and in the IMAX film documentary, "Everest (1998)".
Dr. Kamler was Vice President of Research and Education for The Explorers Club for 10 years, former Chairman of its Science Advisory Board, and a Director for 12 years; he was recently re-elected as a Director. He received the coveted Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award in 2009, for outstanding achievement in exploration. He has been an Explorer-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History, a consultant for NASA and for National Geographic Adventure, and a commentator for Outdoor Life Network and CNN.
His numerous radio and television appearances include NPR's "Fresh Air," CBS' "48 Hours," "Dateline NBC", ABC's "20/20", Fox News, NBC News, Bloomberg News, The Today Show, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show and multiple specials on National Geographic, Discovery, and History channels. CNN featured him as an extreme medicine pioneer.
“Medicine is probably the biggest adventure in the world. There are more mysterious forces in the human body than anywhere.” — Ken Kamler
Ken Kamler, MD
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