Meet Tom Catena

Walk with us inside the world of an extraordinary man. Get a rare glimpse of the man, the people in his life, and his view from the ground in the Nuba Mountains.

Dr. Tom is a finalist for the Aurora Prize

CARING FOR THOUSANDS IN A FORGOTTEN WAR As the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, home to 750,000 people, Dr. Tom Catena has worked around the clock to care for the citizens of this war-torn area. Amid ongoing civil war between the...

Dr. Tom named Maria Shriver’s Architect of Change

Dr. Tom was chosen by Maria Shriver as this week's Architect of Change, which profiles leaders who inspire others to make a difference. In the interview, Dr. Tom speaks about the experience of living through constant bombings. "Our lives were unimportant and the...

Brown Alumni Magazine: A Life In War

A Life In War By Beena Sarwar '86 Filmmaker Ken Carlson ’86, who has produced such television shows as America’s Most Wanted and Lost, stepped into a different world with a documentary about his classmate Tom Catena ’86, a doctor based at a remote hospital in war-torn...

Video: The Choice is Yours

To see Dr. Tom Catena, many of his patients travel for days on foot, in carts, or often cradled in their mother’s arms. Welcome to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where the government attacks defenseless men, women, and children with supersonic bombers, and it doesn’t...

VIDEO: Water and Power

Greetings from the bush! Sharing this short clip with you in the hope that you get a kick out of it and pass it on to a few friends. Have a look: it shows me dealing with my most difficult patient—the Mother of Mercy Hospital, herself. We’re all doing what we can to...

VIDEO: Last Line of Defense

When Dr. Tom Catena is confronted with a condition or a wound he’s never seen before, he has hours, sometimes minutes, to learn all he can. There are no specialists in the Nuba Mountains. No oncologists, gastroenterologists or ophthalmologists. Just Dr. Tom. Which...