Eric K. Noji, M.D.
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Jeanette McDermott left a comment for Eric K. Noji, M.D.
"Hi Eric - Well, my goodness, what a lovely note to send me upon your return from Gaza. I've also been without internet, while walking from Managua, Nicaragua, to Costa Rica, to promote Earth Healing. I"m in San Jose now for a week before…"
Oct 23, 2010
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"Hi Eric - I've been traveling to remote areas myself lately and am just getting back, so thought I'd drop in and say hi. I"m back in Managua working with the kids in the dump again, after having been off the grid in pristine and…"
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What is your profession?
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, NGH&S LLC
Website
http://nojieric.org
How did you find this Network, and please name that source
Personal invitation via email

About Me

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
I am a medical doctor living in Washington DC where I run a consulting firm specializing in global health security. In my lifetime I've done a little of everything. Grew up in Hawaii, College in California, Hitchhiked around Asia and Europe, Lived in Switzerland and France, medical school in New York. Many years as a "disease detective" (also known as virus hunter, hot zone worker, Level-4 bio-safety specialist, disaster medicine, humanitarian aid) for the Centers for Disease Control (better known as the "CDC"). After retiring in 2006 as Director of Emergency and Humanitarian Action at the CDC, I founded "Noji Global Health & Security LLC" (NGHS). We are a humanitarian brokerage firm whose sole reason for existence is to battle the world's most dangerous medical and health threats, especially to children through the business sector's unique skills and expertise.

BIOGRAPHY:
To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. From that auspicious beginning I've been a rather unconventional individual (as everyone who has known me has told me...). For one thing, I was born in Hawaii which is a melting pot of every ethnic group found in Wikipedia. For example, I am 27.5% native Hawaiian, 9% Portuguese (must account for my love of Port and Madeira wines), 7.25% Dutch (relatives in Holland and I like flying KLM), 39% Japanese (love sushi and I like flying JAL), 8.25% Greek (Byron's "Isles of Greece" are my 2nd home...not surprising since I'm island born and bred) 7.25% Scottish (raised a Presbyterian and frugal as a lad) and 1.5% unidentifiable (I assume human genetic material). I know my impressive ethnic mixture (and growing up in a "melting pot" environment) explains my personality, my beliefs, my philosophy of life, the type of work I do, and what I do for fun, relaxation and play. In other words, it has shaped everything about me. Until recently, my profession was medicine, specifically I was an epidemiologist, what is popularly called a disease detective or virus hunter. As a doctor living in jungles, deserts and some absolutely God-forsaken places, my profession was a bit hazardous to life and limb (I assure you, this is no longer the case!). After 18 years in this difficult but wonderful life, I switched gears 180 degrees and became a writer, occasional movie and documentary consultant, but mostly a supporter of humanitarian aid organizations and childrens' charities. Besides fund-raising (which I love - either organizing one-time events or leading year-long university campaigns), I'm really no different than a "talent scout" always on the lookout ("prowl") for promising athletes, actors, writers, models, scientists, etc. But instead of the next Michael Phelps, Catherine Deneuve or Bill Gates, I am looking for future leaders to guide several major disaster relief and humanitarian organizations. It's here that I've really come to appreciate that a good rolodex is like gold or diamonds. However, as you all know, it takes a lifetime to develop a circle of contacts of high professional caliber. And furthermore, it's not only how many people you know...it's how you know them. This work has been very successful.

I still practice medicine. I'm part of a small group of medical doctors creating a new specialty called (for want of a better name), "X-treme" medicine. What the heck is "X-Treme Medicine" you are asking yourself? X-Treme medicine evolved from several areas where physicians were getting more and more involved with patient care in very difficult, dangerous and austere environments - wilderness medicine, archaeological expeditions, eco-tours, cruise ship disease outbreaks, search and rescue, tactical med (care of law enforcement officers in the field), operational and military medicine. We are getting more and more into preparedness and education (we just put on a course on X-Treme Medicine at Stanford University: http://emedcme.stanford.edu).

Perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of being a "citizen of the world" have been the close friendships I've made with both men and women in every hemisphere (including my three dogs and parrot whose). They have taught me to value what is important in life and whose love and loyalty have sustained me through good times and bad.

WHAT DO I DO FOR FUN?
I'm adventurous, intense, romantic and passionate. I live and work on the edge - the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless. These characteristics of my personality shape what I do for fun and pleasure. I love travel to exotic, off-the-beaten track locales, good food, the best wine, stimulating conversation, especially with exceptionally creative and talented people like artists, writers, musicians, athletes, scholars, dancers, scientists, inventors. I love making and fixing things. I have good taste. I am very attracted to beauty and beautiful things...

My idea of heaven is dining outside, eating my favorite food (pasta, risotto, fish, antipasti, and steak Florentina simply seasoned with olive oil, fresh sage, thyme and rosemary) and drinking an unbelievable Brunello di Montalcino. This, of course, goes hand in hand with my passion for Italy and things Italian.

Perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of being a "citizen of the world" have been the close friendships I've made with both men and women in every hemisphere (including my three dogs and parrot whose). They have taught me to value what is important in life and whose love and loyalty have sustained me through good times and bad.

Favorite Wines: Southern France (Chateaneuf-de-Pape, provence, minervois), Northern Italy (Barolo, Amarone, Supertuscan)....
Favorite Table Wine: Amarone (with really raw meat)

Travel A LOT. Live 3 months every year in France and Italy

I live and work on the edge - the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless...."

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At 1:45am on June 3, 2009, Harold Davis said…

At 4:50pm on May 8, 2009, Jeanette McDermott said…
Hi Eric -
I've been traveling to remote areas myself lately and am just getting back, so thought I'd drop in and say hi. I"m back in Managua working with the kids in the dump again, after having been off the grid in pristine and remote rainforest ecosystems in Costa Rica. What a world of contrasts! Has it actually been over a month? I lose myself in the jungle. Honestly. No electricity, which means no clocks, no radio or TV, no boom boxes, nada. It's bliss! But it also means time passes without notice, so I'm always shocked to see how much time has passed between correspondences and events. How are you?
At 1:31pm on April 13, 2009, Jeanette McDermott said…
Hi Eric -
Well, my goodness, what a lovely note to send me upon your return from Gaza. I've also been without internet, while walking from Managua, Nicaragua, to Costa Rica, to promote Earth Healing. I"m in San Jose now for a week before returning to Managua (by bus!) My blisters are finally healing. I got a kick out of your P.S. You have the utmost faith in me. I would like to hear more about your Gaza trip, so I am heading over to your profile page with the hopes of reading something there about your mission. Welcome home!
Jeanette
At 5:38pm on April 10, 2009, Eric K. Noji, M.D. said…
Hey, great to hear from you, Louisa! Look forward to hearing more from you. I wish you and your loved ones a very nice Easter holiday weekend. With affection, Eric
At 4:08pm on March 21, 2009, SPIRITVIEW said…

At 8:14pm on March 14, 2009, Jeanette McDermott said…
Well now, aren't you the interesting topic of the hour. I loved reading your bio!
 
 
 

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