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James Maskalyk

Author of Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine

James Maskalyk is a physician and author, both of the international bestseller “Six Months in Sudan” and more recently, the Hilary Weston Prize winning “Life on the Ground Floor“. He practices emergency medicine and trauma at St. Michael’s, Toronto’s inner-city hospital and is an award winning teacher at the University of Toronto. He directs a program that works with Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University to train East Africa’s first emergency physicians and is a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres, an organization for which he has worked as both a journalist and a physician. In 2007, he was MSF’s first official blogger, He practices and teaches mindfulness at the Consciousness Explorers Club in Toronto, and is passionate about it’s potential to encourage personal and social change.