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James Maskalyk  

Humanitarian and Author of Six Months in Sudan

James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, in 2007 as Médecins Sans Frontiéres (Doctors Without Borders/MSF) newest medical doctor in the field. Equipped with his experience as an emergency physician in a downtown hospital and his desire to understand the hardest parts of the world, Maskalyk's days were spent treating malnourished children, fending off a measles epidemic, and staying out of the soldiers' way. Worn raw in the struggle to meet overwhelming needs with inadequate resources, he returned home six months later more affected by the experience, the people, and the place, than he had anticipated.

Six Months in Sudan is Maskalyk's story about his experiences in Sudan. Starting out as a blog, this stream of consciousness evolved into a heart-wrenching book that has been critically acclaimed by audiences around the world.

Maskalyk currently practices emergency medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and divides his academic time teaching, being an editor at the open access medical journal Open Medicine, and advocating for global health issues at the University. Currently, Maskalyk is working with Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University to develop a program that will train the country's first emergency physicians.

His work has led him to several countries throughout Asia, South America, and Africa. Maskalyk has worked with MSF twice, first as a journalist writing a blog about neglected diseases, and most recently as a physician in Sudan.

  1. Humanitarianism

  2. Social Responsibility

  3. Medicine

  4. Volunteerism

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