Dr Alex Rowe is WEM’s Medical Director and clinical lead for the MSc in Extreme Medicine delivered in collaboration with the University of Exeter.
Alex qualified as a doctor in 1994 from Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s in London, then worked in anaesthetics, intensive care, emergency medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, eventually becoming a GP in South Devon. Alex started rock climbing and mountaineering at the age of 14, and travelled to Iceland on his first expedition in 1988. Since then he has travelled the world extensively, including working as the medic looking after groups of people adventuring in Patagonia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iceland, Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic and Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya and the Sahara Desert.
Alex works a portfolio career as Medical Director for World Extreme Medicine. He is responsible for course development, academic content and delivery, and working with the University of Exeter Medical School as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer developing the Post Graduate Masters programme in Extreme Medicine. His additional roles include Locum GP, Consultant Physician Advisor for United Healthcare Remote Medics, and in his spare time works with South Western Ambulance Service as a Pre Hospital Care BASICS doctor.
He has over ten years of experience in maritime search and rescue operations, working as navigator, helmsman and medic aboard RNLI lifeboats. This volunteer work with the RNLI started after many years of dinghy sailing, progressing to offshore sailing. Alex also has many years of experience in ski trekking and back country skiing, with some of his favourite bed time reading being about snow pack and avalanche theory.