David Nott’s inspiring Sunday Times bestseller, War Doctor, is the extraordinary story of his time spent volunteering in war and disaster zones around the world for organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and his efforts to train other doctors working in these unbelievably challenging situations. Here’s everything you need to know about David and his work, as well as an exclusive interview between David and his wife Elly.


A consultant surgeon specialising in general and vascular surgery, for more than twenty-five years David Nott has taken leave from the London hospitals he works in to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous and volatile war and disaster zones with organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières. From his first placement in 1993, in Sarajevo in the midst of the Yugoslav wars, to recent periods in Cameroon and Syria, he has carried out emergency operations and field surgery in the most extreme of situations, with none of the resources of a western hospital.


As he gained more experience, becoming widely known as the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world, David realised that volunteering on the ground wasn’t enough. In 2015 he set up the David Nott Foundation with his wife Elly to improve the standards and practice of humanitarian surgery, with the aim of training the doctors on the ground how to save lives amidst the horrors of war and natural disaster.


Listen to the interview between David and his wife Elly here:


In War Doctor, his first book, David shares his story of working in some of the world’s most dangerous countries, from coming face to face with ISIS fighters to performing an operation on a small girl while the hospital was shelled around him.


Listen to an extract from the War Doctor audiobook read by David below: