Profile: Been there, done that…
Jonathan Kaplan has done most of the extraordinary things you can possibly do in medicine, including working in war zones. Sarah Spencer catches up with him
Jonathan Kaplan's medical career has been anything but ordinary. All those weird and wonderful jobs where medicine can take you seem to have appeared somewhere on his curriculum vitae, and the list is still growing.
As well as being a war zone surgeon, flying doctor, and cruise ship medic, Jonathan's work has also led him into the media, working in documentary film making and writing for various newspapers. His latest achievement, a book of his adventures to date, has won him the prestigious Alan Paton award--a highly acclaimed prize for South African non-fiction.
He is currently working in more conventional surroundings in London as a surgeon and in a general and occupational health practice, but he still mixes medicine with his other interests, which include writing, photography, and journalism. He also works intermittently as a surgical adviser for the television drama Holby City.
Jonathan trained as a doctor in South