Eric K. Noji, M.D.
Doctor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Eric K Noji is a medical doctor who recently relocated to Saudi Arabia after a year living in Antarctica studying the effects of extreme environments on human survivability. Dr Noji has spent much of the past 30 years as a specialist in disaster management humanitarian assistance and emergency preparedness. So much has been said and written about the life and work of Eric Noji a story so mythic in its epic sweep and inspirational in its chronology of service and unrelenting self-sacrifice on behalf of those who suffer that it's difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés already familiar to his legion of admirers. To start with the obvious he is among but a handful of disaster aid professionals whose innovative thinking and on-the-ground research established much of the scientific basis for current health responses to disasters and other humanitarian crises. In 2005, Dr Noji was recognized for this pioneering work when he was elected to the US Institute of Medicine the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a physician in the US. On 14 July 2016 (Bastille Day) Professor Noji will be honored by the Government of France in Paris, where he will be inducted into the prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques at the rank of Chevalier (Knight). In addition to his patient care, research, teaching and administrative responsibilities as a tenured, full Professor at King Saud University, Dr. Noji travels extensively to raise awareness and much-needed funds for organizations whose work he passionately believes in primarily groups and individuals working to strengthen the education and health of children with very special needs who are homeless abused starving illiterate left orphaned or destitute by natural disasters, or physically and emotionally traumatized by war. The life and times of Dr. Eric Noji have become more the stuff of legend leading to such celebrity that would have been absolutely unimaginable to the serious young medical student whose goal following graduation was to become a simple country doctor. His supremacy as disaster icon in the humanitarian community remains unchallenged to this day years after having left the CDC where most of his visionary innovations were conceived and developed. "I live and work on the edge - the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless" (from the Foreword to his two volume set of memoirs "Confessions of a Wanderer". Penguin Books)