Dr Kevin Fong OBE has worked as a doctor with NASA and currently flies as part of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crew in the UK. As of March 2020, Kevin was seconded to NHS England COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resilience & Response team.
Formerly a doctor at NASA and in 2020 being seconded to the COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resilience & Response team, to now flying part of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crew in the UK, Dr Kevin Fong OBE holds an extraordinary career demonstrating teamwork, risk management and decision making under extreme pressure.
Kevin is something of a renaissance man with degrees in astrophysics, medicine and engineering. He’s worked with NASA’s human space flight programme in Houston and he has a unique perspective on science and technology exploration, along with the limits of the human body; which he has brought to life in his talks that he’s delivered all over the world. He was awarded an OBE for services to science, medicine and healthcare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.
Bringing his expertise to television and radio, Kevin co-presented ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ and ‘Operation Goldrush’ with Dan Snow. He wrote and presented ‘Space Shuttle: The Final Mission, To Boldly Go’ and several Horizon programs including ‘We Need To Talk About Death’, ‘Cyber Attack’ and ‘How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery’. Kevin’s also presented Channel 4’s ‘Extreme A&E’ and his radio documentaries include ‘Game Changer: Fortnite’ on 4 and ‘Trauma Medicine: The Fight for Life’ on BBC Radio 4.
Kevin hosted the worldwide hit podcast ’13 Minutes to the Moon’ produced by Andrew Luck-Baker and Rami Tzabar for BBC World Service. The podcast won Best Factual Podcase 2019 at the AIB Awards, sharing the prize with Hans Zimmer, who composed original music for the series; along with winning Silver in the Audio category at the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. World Service has an audio audience of over 173 million listeners worldwide.
As an author, Kevin’s book ‘Extremes’ won an American Association for the Advancement of Science Award (AAAS) in 2015.
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