Marcus Lehman, a young doctor from Jacksonville, Fla.
considers himself mentally and physically prepared to compete for his
chance to be the sole SURVIVOR.
Recognized as the state of Georgia's hottest bachelor by Cosmopolitan
Magazine in 2006, Lehman strives to achieve the highest levels in all
areas of life.
A rower and graduate of Harvard University, Marcus went on to finish
medical school at Emory University while developing his interest in
triathlons. The single resident physician of Cuban-American descent will
eventually work as an anesthesiologist after he completes specialty
training, but also continues to develop his interest in medical reporting
and acts as a spokesman for preventative medicine.
Marcus describes himself as a romantic who enjoys exercising, playing
music, cooking and fine wine, not to mention doing some flirting on his
way to finding the perfect girl. Marcus hopes he will be able to use his
charm and physical prowess to make it far in the game.
Lehman's birthday is October 3, 1979.
Marcus: "I wake up every morning, and holy crap I am
in Africa. Of all the places I thought I would be right now, this is
definitely not one of them. We used to joke around in medical school that
you learn three things, don't smoke, wear sunscreen and stay away from
Africa because every crazy disease you read about you would find it here. A
little bit of me is actually paranoid here but I'm getting used to
everything, same grass, same air, same ocean. I am starting to enjoy it too.
Everyone is kind of eyeing each other and sizing one another up and I am
really looking forward to finding out who these people I'm with are. I'm
definitely single so I am not going to complain if I am the Adam and there
is an Eve in this "Last Eden." I would consider it but mostly in
the context that this is a game for a million dollars. Looking back to the
previous Survivors, I think there is a combination of things to get people
to the final pair or final three. Usually it is a lot of conniving, which
I'm not the biggest fan of but I know when you are interacting with people,
you have to do a lot of things to make commitments with people. Certainly my
experience with medicine and dealing with families, patients and all the
pressures that are coming in and you are trying to make a marriage of all
these expectations. I think that will be a huge asset coming into the game
when it comes to deal with alliance. Being a physically fit person is a
benefit because the challenges are exactly that, physical challenges. You
have to be in decent shape to survive 39 days out here. This game will
probably bring out a lot of pet peeves I didn't know I had about other
people. I guess I would say people who are opinionated but they don't
necessarily have a lot of understanding what their opinion is about. I run
into a lot of people that think they know what doctors do but they don't. I
can see that being really frustrating out here. In some ways, I have
considered the actual stress physically and emotionally is going to be
rewarding because it is going to teach me I have depths of energy that I
never knew I had before. It's going to teach me to interact with people in a
way that I never understood. And being stressed out and still having
interacting with people is incredibly challenging and having to do it for 39
days, I haven't conceived it. So hopefully it will change me for the better."
Jeff Probst: ''Marcus is a physician, as he likes to remind
people. And he is a true leader, an extremely bright guy. He's a hero. He is
a huge threat to win the game, for sure. He has looks, he's got smarts, he's
probably the fittest guy out there, so he's got a lot of things going for