dr. dom colbert
Dr Dom Colbert born in Waterford, is 84 years old and now lives in Galway. A widower with 5 children, 4 girls and one boy. Dom gave up the prospect of a glittering career in medicine to serve in poor countries in mission hospitals, wars, and famines.
He wrote his memoirs, at the bedside of his dying wife Doreen over two years and dedicated them to her. Unfortunately, she never got to read them.
Dr Colbert is a qualified physician and surgeon and has received recognition in Africa for ‘outstanding service to surgery in Africa’. He was a Person of the year in 1995 for his work in the siege of Sarajevo. He has written and lectured extensively on medical matters.
Currently hon senior lecturer in Dept of International Medicine RCSI and in Tropical Medicine in NUIG.
Doms dedication and humanitarianism shine out of his two recently published books, An Irish Doctor’s Odyssey: The Saints are in Heaven and No Tears Left: Biafra to Bosnia. Written with compassion and humour, the books vividly illustrate the work he carried out, in some of the poorest parts of the world.
His adventures bring you to the heart of Africa, the sands of the Sahara, the lush islands of the Caribbean and the world of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the book, Dr Colbert shares stories of medical dilemmas, mistakes and triumphs; of the people he worked with; and of the people he served, bringing the reader with him as he describes incidents that are sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always fascinating. But this is more than a travel book. Love, faith and understanding shine through the pages.
An Irish Doctor’s Odyssey will make you weep and laugh and, above all, show that dreams can come true.
His life and work will form the basis of his talk, which will leave you both humbled, and inspired.