BIOGRAPHY OF KENNETH
Kenneth Kamler, M.D., is a
microsurgeon trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center who practices
surgery of the hand in New York, but practices extreme medicine in some of the
most remote regions on Earth. He has treated bear bite in the Arctic and
frostbite in the Antarctic. He has set fractures in the Andes and cared for
out-of-breath scuba divers in the Galapagos. He has performed surgery in the
mud of the Amazon rainforest and in an undersea analogue space capsule. He
has been on six expeditions to Mount Everest as expedition doctor and climber;
four were with the National Geographic Society deploying laser telescopes and
global positioning satellite receivers to measure the exact height of Everest
as well as the tectonic motion of the Asian continental plate. On his two
more recent expeditions to Everest, he served as Chief High Altitude Physician
for NASA-sponsored research on human physiological responses to extreme
altitude, and monitored remote body sensors worn by climbers to provide
real-time medical data as they ascended the mountain. Dr. Kamler himself has
climbed to within 900' of the summit of Everest and was the only doctor, high
on the mountain, during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed twelve lives.
His treatment of the survivors was portrayed in the best selling book, Into
Thin Air, and in the IMAX film, Everest.
Dr. Kamler was Vice President of
The Explorers Club for ten years, former Chairman of its Science Advisory
Board, and currently serves as a Director. He is an Explorer-in-Residence at
the American Museum of Natural History, a consultant for NASA and for
National Geographic Adventure, on the Board of Advisors of Popular Mechanics,
and a former commentator for Outdoor Life Network. He is a member of the
Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society. New York Magazine recognized
him in 2002 as one of the Best Doctors in New York and he is listed in the New
York Guide to Top Doctors as well as in Who's Who in Science and Engineering,
and Who's Who in America. He is the subject of a chapter in the book
Biography Today: Medical Leaders, and has been profiled in the New York
Times, USA Today, US News and World Report, and Reader's Digest.
He has addressed many
prestigious organizations including The Explorers Club, National Geographic
Society, Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society, New York Academy of
Medicine, Johnson Space Center, Ted-Med, Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner,
United Nations International School, International Bar Association, Olympus
World Headquarters, Ortho Biotech and CIGNA Health Care. Most recently, he
spoke to NASA astronauts at a symposium on Risk which was nationally webcast.
Dr. Kamler's radio and
television appearances include NPR's Fresh Air, CBS 48 Hours, Dateline, ABC
20/20, Fox News, NBC News, Bloomberg News, and multiple specials on National
Geographic, Discovery, and History channels. CNN featured him as an Extreme
Medicine Pioneer. He appeared on ABC Nightline in the first ever live
interview from Everest base camp. He has been interviewed by Forrest Sawyer
and Sanjay Gupta. He has been a full hour guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Dr. Kamler was recently honored at the National Boy Scout Jamboree as one of
twenty Greatest Living Explorers and had a sub-camp named after him.
Dr. Kamler has written a monthly
column for National Geographic Adventure Magazine and is a feature writer and
contributing editor for Popular Mechanics. He is the author of two books on
the physiological and psychological effects of extreme environments, both
based largely on his personal experiences: Doctor on Everest, published by
Lyons Press, 2000 and Surviving the Extremes, published by St. Martins Press
and Penguin Books, 2004. He has written chapters for two other books:
Adventurous Dreams, and They Lived to Tell the Tale, both published in 2007.
Dr. Kamler's most recent
activity was to fly in zero-gravity aboard NASA's DC-9 "Vomit Comet," testing
surgical robots for eventual use on a space station or on Mars. In addition,
he is working with the Dalai Lama, and also with the Department of Defense,
preparing a book on the extreme physiological changes brought about by
meditation and mind/body interaction.