After graduating from medical school at Cambridge, I did junior hospital jobs in Leeds and Oxford, followed by locum posts in infectious diseases, accident & emergency and genitourinary medicine.
I worked for Save the Children Fund in Upper Volta (now called Burkina Faso), Southern Sudan and Ethiopia before returning to London to do the diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene in 1981. With my wife, Sheila, I worked with Laotian refugees in Ubon, Thailand before moving to The Gambia as Eastern Regional Medical Officer.
I returned to UK in 1984 to do GP vocational training in North Devon and we had two children. In 1987, I accepted a job with the Overseas Development Administration to be Chief Medical Officer in Makira Ulawa province, Solomon Islands. I returned to UK when my wife was almost murdered by a convict.
For six months, I was Senior Medical Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government for medical aid to Africa. I joined a general practice in Leicester in 1988 and when my wife had recovered, we had another daughter in 1992. I resigned on April 1st 2013 to work as a medical volunteer on the Thai Burma border.
I am a generalist with interests in mental and sexual health, dermatology and infectious diseases. I was a senior appraiser and mental health lead for Leicester before retiring. My beloved wife died in March 2012. She would have enjoyed being here in Mae Sot. This work is a tribute to her memory.
Dr Ian Cross
PS After working on the border, I moved on to work in rural Zambia and now I am working for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in Swaziland.