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Mads Fredrik Gilbert

Humanitarian, Physician, Activist, Author

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Date of Birth:

1947

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Porsgrunn, Telemark, Norway

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Why Featured?

Dr. Mads Gilbert is renowned for his extensive humanitarian work, especially in war-torn areas where medical needs are intertwined with political issue. He has been a steadfast advocate for Palestinians, providing medical assistance in Palestinian territories and Lebanon since the 1970s.

Brief bio

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian physician, humanitarian, and political activist known for his work in emergency medicine and international humanitarian efforts. He is a professor of medicine at the University of Tromsø and the medical director of the emergency department at the University Hospital of North Norway.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • 1970s: Began solidarity work with Palestinians, serving as a doctor in Palestinian territories and Lebanon for NORWAC...See More

  • 1981: First traveled to the Middle East, marking a significant entry into his work as a solidarity doctor.

  • 1999: Played a pivotal role in the survival of Anna Bågenholm following a skiing accident, leading to a breakthrough in treating extreme hypothermia​​.

  • Worked in Gaza during the Israeli aggressions on Gaza, providing medical aid and reporting on the situation to international media​​.

  • 2014: Released the book "Night in Gaza", offering a firsthand account of his experiences during the Israeli assault on Gaza​​.

  • Solidarity Medicine: Practicing and advocating solidarity medicine in Gaza since 1981, focusing on the presence and moral support as much as medical work​​.

  • Research and Education: Extensive research in emergency medicine and anesthesiology, contributing to the academic field as a professor at the University of Tromsø.

  • Public Advocacy: Actively raising awareness about the medical and humanitarian situation in Gaza through books, lectures, and media appearances​​...See More

  • Humanitarian Efforts: Regularly visiting Gaza to provide medical aid, despite being banned by Israel in 2014 on security grounds​​...See More

  • Political Activism: Involved in political activism, notably with the Red Party in Norway, and vocal in his opposition to Israeli policies in Palestinian territories​

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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