Michael J. Manyak, MD

Michael J. Manyak, MD

Dr. Michael J. Manyak is an explorer, author, urologist, and corporate medical executive. He is Global Medical Affairs Director for the GlaxoSmithKline urology franchise. He is the Chief Medical Advisor for Crisis Response for Accenture, a Fortune 100 company. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urology and Engineering at The George Washington University (GWU) and a member of the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine. He is the former Chief Medical Officer for Triple Canopy, Inc., a large international high risk security firm. Dr. Manyak spent 16 years at GWU after his fellowship in biotechnology at the National Cancer Institute. He was selected as the GW Urology Distinguished Alumnus in 2017.

Michael Manyak

Dr. Manyak has 11 patents and over 250 professional publications. Dr. Manyak is one of America’s Top Physicians (from 2005) and America’s Top Urologists (from 2008). He edited a recent textbook on expedition medicine. His recently published book Lizard Bites & Street Riots on health and security for travel emergencies was a 2016 finalist for best travel books. Dr. Manyak was profiled by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of 50 people selected as The Best and Brightest of Washington. He recently received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Manyak’s editorial recognition includes the National Media Owl Award and the Gold World Wide Web Health Award. He has numerous appearances on national networks for CBS, NBC, Fox News, PBS, and CNN and has been the guest of John McLaughlin on One On One.

The Boy Scouts of America named Dr. Manyak a Distinguished Eagle Scout, an honor accorded 0.1% of Eagles. The BSA named a camp for him for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree and he was an invited speaker for the BSA 100th anniversary at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. He serves as a VP for the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) and heads the NESA World Explorer Program. Dr. Manyak was the lead author and developer of the Exploration Merit Badge in 2017 which will reach 3.5 million Boy Scouts.

Dr. Manyak maintains an avid interest in field exploration and expedition medicine. He is a consultant to the National Geographic Society and has served on the NASA Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health Advisory Committee. He is Senior Medical Advisor to Global Rescue, Inc.

Dr. Manyak is a National Fellow of The Explorers Club (TEC), served on TEC Board of Directors from 1996-2006, and received its prestigious Sweeney Medal. He is an Associate Editor of The Explorers Journal with a column on Expedition Medicine. Dr. Manyak has led or been medical director for scientific expeditions to: the RMS Titanic wreck site for artifact salvage, the Ndoki rain forest in the Congo Basin, the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, an Antarctic icebreaker expedition, the deepest canyon in the world in Peru, the first scientific dive in Mongolia in Asia’s second largest lake, a new spectacular finding of early human footprints in Tanzania, the remote Amazon Yasuni Reserve, and the Gobi Desert observing the newly discovered, very highly endangered wild camel.

Dr. Manyak was inducted into the Greater Flint Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1996) and the State of Michigan High School Athletic Association Legends of the Game (2004).