Dr Patrick Avery
Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course Tutor
Born and raised in Kenya, Patrick moved to the UK to study medicine at Bristol. Childhood camping trips took him to a huge variety of East Africa’s world famous wild places yet gave him an acute awareness of the health care inequalities. A very practical person, operating in these remote areas has taught Patrick to be completely self-reliant. He is a knowledgeable mechanic, twice winner, and five times runner-up of the Rhino Charge; a legendary annual off-road driving event held in Kenya.
He works regularly as an expedition medic for the BBC Natural History Unit and has travelled widely with them on various trips. In 2015 he visited Iceland, Cuba, Laos and Zambia with BBC. Other recent travel medic experience includes being the tour doctor on the trans-Siberian express, and the medical adviser to the Flying for Heroes Kenyan para-trike expedition in 2014.
His diverse training reflects this and includes several years of surgery, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and current study towards an MSc in Global Health and Infectious Disease through Edinburgh University.
Patrick firmly believes that it is still possible to express one’s individuality within medicine, and to carve out one’s own niche despite the homogenous nature of modern medical training. Medicine provides us with a huge opportunity to travel and use our skills to teach, and inspire as well as to try to improve the well being of people less fortunate than ourselves. Patrick currently works as a locum GP, splitting his time between Bristol, Kenya and his various expeditions.