Dr. Tom Catena, the 2017 Aurora Prize finalist, will share his powerful personal story, introduce his work and the causes that motivate him. After the presentation Q&As will take place that will enable the audience to interact with Dr. Catena directly. This event will also be a perfect opportunity for the audience to get to know firsthand what it is to be an Aurora Prize hero.
Since 2007, Dr. Tom Catena has been the only doctor permanently based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains, which has a population of more than half a million people.
Dr. Catena typically treats up to 400 patients in a day and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients have been known to walk for seven days to receive treatment from him and typically visit the hospital with injuries from bombing attacks and ailments varying from bone fractures to malnourishment and malaria. Limited by his surroundings, Dr. Catena sometimes uses decades-old treatments and often does not have electricity or running water at his disposal. He estimates that he performs more than a thousand operations a year.
Dr. Catena is globally regarded as a preeminent humanitarian medical professional. In 2015, he was included by TIME magazine into the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
The meeting will take place at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMA), on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Armenia.