Dr Sophie MacDougall


Director and Co-Founder

An anaesthetist and intensive care doctor by trade, Sophie started trekking in remote places at the age of 12. Since then she has developed a passion for the wilderness and travelling to far-flung corners of the world, working and trekking across six continents.


Having studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, she incorporated this love of wilderness travel into her career, providing medical cover for many expeditions to extreme environments including jungle, arctic, diving, desert and altitude. She has also participated in humanitarian aid work in low resource countries (e.g. East Timor, Brazil).


Expedition work has included kayaking and mountaineering in the Arctic Circle, climbing in the Himalayas, cycling across Kenya, horseriding across the Jordanian desert, dive research in the South Pacific,  jungle treks in India, Honduras and Thailand, galloping across the Mongolian Steppe, trekking through Ethiopia and sleeping in the Belizian rinforest with howler monkeys. One of her recent challenges was to provide medical cover and co-ordination for a 17000km classic car rally down the entire length of South America.


During her more normal life she works as an Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Registrar in Oxford.  Sophie is an Advanced Life Support Instructor and teaches on expedition medicine courses all over the world. She also acts as medical advisor to several expedition companies.


She is very excited to be starting a one year fellowship programme with London Air Ambulance in 2018.