Mads Fredrik Gilbert
Mads Gilbert full name Mads Fredrik Gilbert, born June 2, 1947, is a Norwegian physician, humanitarian, activist and politician, from the Red Party. He is a specialist in anesthesiology and head of the emergency medicine department at the University Hospital of North Norway and Professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. Gilbert has a broad range of experience of international humanitarian work, especially in locations where medical and political issues merge.
He has done volunteer work at a kibbutz. Since the 1970s, he has been actively involved with solidarity work concerning the Palestinians, and he has served as a doctor for several periods in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon for NORWAC. His efforts have been central to leading the city of Tromsø, since 2001 a twin town of Gaza, to claim to be the city that has sent more health workers to the Palestinian territories than any other in the world. His 2009 book on the Gaza War, Eyes on Gaza, has been translated into several languages. Gilbert has been lauded as a “hero” in Norwegian media for his work in Gaza; his humanitarian work has been hailed by Prime Ministers Kåre Willoch, Jens Stoltenberg and Erna Solberg, and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. On 6 May 2013, King Harald V appointed Gilbert as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav for his “wide-ranging services to emergency medicine.
Contributions / Achievements:
Troms Physician of the Year (2010)
Veslebakken Prize (2010) (with Erik Fosse)
Commander of the Order of St. Olav (2013)
Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services (2013-14)
Influence & Impact on the community:
Gilbert arrived for emergency assignment for the Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC) with the surgeon Erik Fosse to support the humanitarian effort at al-Shifa Hospital during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, a period when foreign journalists were barred from entering the Gaza Strip. As international media reported from outside the conflict zone, Gilbert maintained frequent contact with Norwegian media, as well as segments of the world press, including CNN, BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera.