Mark Shrime

• Visiting scholar at Princeton University

• American Ninja Warrior

DR. MARK SHRIME, O'Brien Chair of Global Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Shrime is also a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He was previously the founder and Director of the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation, an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. To date, he has worked and taught in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Congo, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, and Madagascar. His talks focus on global surgery, humanitarian missions, medical impoverishment, and creating and keeping a life of purpose, meaning, and deep contentment. Where your feet go, there your heart is.

When not working, he is an avid photographer and rock climber, and has competed on Seasons 8, 9, and 11 of American Ninja Warrior.

Speech topics

Solving for Why

Lessons from the field on life, work, and the transformative power of purpose. How does a person who never wanted to be a doctor find purpose in the halls of medicine? Drawn from, and anchored with, my own stories of growing from a reluctant medical student to a man working as a surgeon on a hospital ship in West Africa, this talk distills the lessons I've learned and seeks to apply them to anyone looking for purpose in their lives.

The Global Surgery Crisis

30% of the world's diseases require surgery, but 5 billion people around the world can't get surgery when they need it. Every year, 81 million people—four times the entire population of Australia—are driven into when they try to get surgery. This talk covers not just the crisis but the work that I and my colleagues are doing to combat it.

Keep Your Heart

Where your feet go, there your heart is. In this talk, I discuss four foundational truths about creating and keeping a life of purpose, meaning, and deep contentment.

Books

Solving for Why: Lessons on Life, Work and the Transformative Power of Purpose

From Mercy Ships surgeon Dr. Mark G. Shrime comes an inspiring memoir about finding the answer to life's biggest question—"Why?"—and following that answer through remarkable, unlikely places on the road to fulfillment, purpose, and joy.

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