Dr. EdI Albert
Ski Medicine: Alpine Sports Medicine - the life and times of a ski resort doctor
December 14th, 2021
Decision-Making in Search & Rescue: 10 years of lessons learned
September 22nd, 2022
Joshua Albritton is an AEMT (Park-Medic) and certified Rope and Swiftwater rescue technician for the National Park Service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC. He has extensive backcountry experience and has led or assisted in hundreds of search and rescue (SAR) missions in the park. Joshua also has training and qualifications in lost person behavior, IPMBA ems cyclist operator, and incident command structure (ICS). Joshua works part-time as an AEMT for his local county 911 ambulance service and also teaches wilderness medicine courses for Landmark Learning and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Dr. Andrea Alvarado
Cold Weather Medicine: Cold and Freezing Injuries
March 25th, 2021
Dr. Robert Barry
Toxicoloy: Marine Envenomations
February 4th, 2021
Dr. Robert Barry is a PGY2 at the Jackson/UM/Holy Cross Emergency Medicine residency program. Prior to this he completed his medical education at Stony Brook School of Medicine in NY. While growing up Dr. Barry split his time between Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI, where he enjoyed a variety of ocean faring activities including surfing, diving, and fishing. Dr. Barry has had privilege to explore much of the South Pacific including Micronesia, French Polynesia, Fiji, and Palau, as well as some of south Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. His passion and interest in dangerous marine animals/marine envenomations comes from experiencing more of them first hand than he would have liked.
Dr. Brad Bennett
Desert Medicine: Essentials of Desert Medicine: An Overview
January 14th, 2021
Dr. Brad L. Bennett served honorably for 27 years in the United States Navy, as a physiologist in the areas of research, development, education, and training in support of Naval and Marine Corps operational forces. In 1994 he was selected to serve as faculty and an assistant professor in the Military & Emergency Medicine Department (MEM), F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Department of Defense), Bethesda, MD. In 1997-2001, Dr. Bennett was selected as the Vice-Chairman, MEM Department. In 2001, Dr. Bennett was selected to enter Navy Executive Management positions and served as the Commanding Officer, Field Medical Service School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA; and in 2004, he served as the Commanding Officer, Naval School of the Health Sciences, Portsmouth, VA. Since 2003 to present, Dr. Bennett has served continuously as a subject matter expert to the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Department of Defense. From 2007 to 2018, Dr. Bennett has served on the Board of Directors, Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), and in August 2014 to August 2016, he was confirmed as President, WMS. Dr. Bennett currently serves as the Section Editor and serves on the Editorial Board for Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal.
Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein
Toxicology: Land Envenomations
December 9th, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein is board certified in Medical Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology and Emergency Medicine and is an associate professor for the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics and Medicine. He is the Medical Director for the Florida Poison Control Center in Miami, Florida and Medical Director for the National Marine Envenomation Hotline. He also works as an Emergency Medicine Attending Physician in the EM Department at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Tiffany Brainerd
The Elusive Work Life Balance: Non-Traditional Approaches to Wilderness Medicine and Clinical Practice
May 17th, 2022
Tiffany Brainerd is an anesthesiologist and pediatric anesthesiologist with Vanderbilt University. She divides her time between clinical practice in the Nashville, Tennessee area, and her home in Durango, Colorado, where she is Medical Director of La Plata County Search and Rescue. She has served as the Medical Director of the North America UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Series and was recently named to the Board of Directors for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Dr. Brainerd is a former faculty member of Harvard University and completed a Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) as well as a Fellowship with the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) through the Wilderness Medical Society, The University of Colorado, and The University of Utah. Raised in Florida and now a converted rock and ice climber, backcountry skier, trail runner, and mountaineer, she has been privileged to reach the summit of many notable peaks including Aconcagua, the highest point in the Western and Southern Hemispheres at 22,837ft.
Dr. Sean Bush
Stings and Things
October 14th, 2021
Dr. Sean Bush is an Emergency Physician with more than 20 years of experience as a professor in teaching hospitals. He is an expert in medical management of venomous bites and and consults on matters related to snakebites for the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and various other agencies. He continues to work toward advancing the field of “Envenomation Medicine,” a focus he founded, and his pursuit of snakebite research, education and prevention.
Dr. G. Patricia Cantwell
Disaster Medicine: A Medical Manager's Experience with South Floriba Urban Search and Rescue, Task Force 2
January 27th, 2021
G. Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM is Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Holtz Children’s Hospital/University of Miami. She spearheaded the formation of the Holtz Children’s Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Team in 2008. Dr. Cantwell provides medical oversight of the Holtz Children’s Hospital PediPals Team, an interdisciplinary palliative care initiative.
She received her medical degree at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest University, completed her pediatric residency at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital; and pursued her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the Jackson Memorial Hospital and remained on the attending staff since 1990. Dr. Cantwell has received multiple awards for teaching.
Dr. Cantwell has been a Medical Manager for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue South Florida Task Force 2 since 1994. She has deployed with the team numerous times including to the 2001 World Trade Center, multiple hurricane responses and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
Robert (RJ) Casey
September 21st, 2021
Dr. Stanley Chartoff
War, Wilderness and Disaster - Evolution of a Career in Medicine
November 15th, 2022
Stanley Chartoff, MD received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1986. He received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990 and completed residency in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital in 1996. Dr. Chartoff then served in the US Air Force for 30 years where he deployed numerous times including several tours as a physician member of Critical Care Air Transport Teams. Dr. Chartoff currently works as an emergency medicine physician at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and is a faculty member of the University of Connecticut Emergency Medicine Residency and Fellowship for International Disaster Medicine. Dr. Chartoff continues to assist in disaster response operations as a volunteer and North Branch Medical Lead of Team Rubicon International. He has also served as Assistant Chief Medical Officer for the Boy Scouts of America National and World Jamborees since 2010.
Dr. Rowena Christiansen
Space Medicine: From the Outback to Outer Space - Upskilling for Space Medicine in Remote and Austere Locations
October 5th, 2021
Dr Rowena Christiansen is an Australian physician practising in pre-hospital emergency care and medicine in extreme and austere environments, with a focus on space health. She teaches human physiology and clinical practice within the University of Melbourne Medical School. Rowena is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and of Ormond College at Melbourne University. She is a passionate aerospace medicine advocate and educator, a member of the Australian Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences Technical Advisory Group, and Founder of the “ad astra vita” project. Rowena is a UNOOSA Space4Women Mentor for 2020-21 and an ISU alumna and mentor.
Dr. Jonathan Clark
Stratospheric Balloon Mission, Past, Present, Future
October 28th, 2021
Jonathan Clark is an adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology and Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Clark served 26 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, and qualified as a Naval Flight Officer, Naval Flight Surgeon, Navy Diver, U.S. Army parachutist and Special Forces Military Freefall Parachutist. Dr. Clark worked at NASA from 1997 to 2005, was a Space Shuttle Crew Surgeon on six shuttle missions, Chief of the Medical Operations Branch and a senior FAA Aeromedical Examiner (AME). He was the Space Medicine Advisor for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute from 2005 to 2017. In 2008 he was an expedition physician supporting the Haughton Mars Project on Devon Island in the high Canadian Arctic. He has served as Chief Medical Officer for the orbital commercial space company Excalibur Almaz from 2007 to 2012, and the Inspiration Mars Foundation since 2013. Dr. Clark was Medical Director of the Red Bull Stratos Project, which in 2012 successfully accomplished the highest stratospheric freefall parachute jump from 127,852 feet, achieving human supersonic flight (Mach 1.25) at 843 miles per hour. In 2012 Dr. Clark joined the StratEx Space Dive and was medical advisor for a new high altitude exit freefall record of 135,890 feet, and reaching Mach 1.22 at 822 miles per hour. He currently is a consultant for Virgin Galactic, Heinlein Prize Trust, Paragon Space Development Corp, JAG Human Performance, Space Perspectives, Operator Solutions, and Foundation for Aerospace Safety and Training. Dr. Clark is board certified in Neurology and Aerospace Medicine and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.
Dr. Derek Covington
Introduction to Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
December 17th, 2020
Dr. Derek Covington, Director of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Division of Multi-Specialty Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Covington is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and previous Medical Director for Dive Safety International. He was one of the two physicians on-site for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad during her record-breaking swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. Dr. Covington is an experienced closed-circuit rebreather and cave diver.
Dr. Julio M. De Peña
Mountain Medicine: Emergency Care on the Roof of the World - The Golden Hour Above 26,000ft
January 6th, 2021
Dr. Julio M. De Peña is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, graduated from medical school Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico and a Former coordinator for Hospital General Plaza de la Salud Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physician (FACEP); the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (FAAEM) and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and member of FEMA/ Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. De Peña served as medical officer for the first and second Dominican expedition to Mount Everest. Furthermore, he is an avid photographer with his work being showcased in several venues such as the book; “Soñando el Everest” by Federico Jovine, Wilderness Medicine Session for ACEP Scientific Assembly 2011.
Dr. Mia Derstine
Wilderness Plant Toxicology: An Approach to Toxic Plant Ingestions
September 114th, 2021
Dr. Howard Donner
Expedition Medicine: The Expedition Doctor - Practical Considerations
April 14th, 2021
Dr. Will Duffin
Extreme Medicine: Views from the Medical Director of World Extreme Medicine
August 24th, 2021
Dr. Ben Easter
Space Medicine: Designing Medical Systems for Space Exploration
October 28th, 2020
Dr. Ben Easter, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine! Dr. Easter serves as Deputy Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capability at NASA and is Co-Founder of the University of Colorado Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Program! Dr. Easter spearheaded the development of the Martian Medical Analogue and Research Simulations (2MARS), an innovative simulation program to teach aerospace medicine to medical professionals in an operational environment.
Dr. MaZen El Sayed
Emergency Response to Beirut Port Explosion
May 18th, 2021
Dr. William Fernandez
Space Medicine: Emergency Medicine in Space
September 1st, 2021
Dr. William L. Fernandez recently completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Maryland and is now completing the Aerospace Medicine residency program through NASA and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently working on several projects, including the creation of NASA’s Covid-19 clinical practice guidelines for astronauts, evaluating wearable technologies for commercial spaceflight, and working with NASA’s Exploration Medical Capability element for the medical planning of Lunar and Martian missions. After he completes his Aerospace Medicine residency, Dr. Fernandez intends to work with both NASA and SpaceX as an operational flight surgeon.
Dr. Susan Fondy
Aviation Medicine Physiology
November 18th, 2021
Dr. Daniel Grace
Exploring Human Factors on Expeditions
February 28th, 2023
Dan is based in the Brecon Beacons where he works as a portfolio GP. He also works for Nomad as a travel health physician, and is a trainee BASICs doctor, volunteering with Medserve Wales and the Welsh Ambulance Service. He holds the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also a fellow of the RGS. Dan has worked on multiple endurance events and treks, ranging from the tea plantations of Kenya to the deserts of Jordan to the wilderness of the Canadian Yukon. He has also worked in Fiji with World Extreme Medicine on the US reality TV show ‘Survivor’."
Dr. Stuart Harris
February 8th, 2022
Dr. Stuart Harris is an emergency physician and the founder and director of the MGH Division of Wilderness Medicine. His research pedigree is expansive and includes the pathogenesis of high altitude pulmonary edema and the health effects of the climate crisis; his work has taken him around the world, from the Mt. Everest region, Denali National Park, the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and the Woods Hole Research Institute. In 2005, he founded and annually teaches Medicine in the Wild, a 28 day senior medical student course exploring the intersection of literature, health, ethics, and the biosphere. He is faculty at the Kennedy School Arctic Initiative working with Dr. John Holdren on health and policy. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Harris to this first installment of our climate and health noon conference series.
Dr. Michael Harrison
Gravitas: Medical Emergencies in Space
January 13th, 2021
Dr. Seth Hawkins
Drowning: Current Best Practices for Prevention and Treatment
March 22nd, 2021
Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins is an anthropologist, writer, and physician, board certified in both emergency medicine and EMS. He is the medical advisor or director for multiple outdoor organizations, including REI, North Carolina Outward Bound School, North Carolina State Parks, Student Conservation Association, and Starfish Aquatics Institute, and is on the Board of Directors of Lifeguards Without Borders. He has extensive experience in drowning medicine and water rescue. A competitive Masters swimmer, he is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Wilderness Lifeguard instructor. He is the co-author of the current Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines on Submersion Injuries & Drowning, as well as co-author or editor of multiple drowning chapters in leading emergency and wilderness medicine textbooks.
Dr. David Hillebrant
An Aged Mountaineer's Random Thoughts on Mountain Medicine
May 9th, 2023
Dr. Hillebrandt started walking in the hills aged six and rock climbing aged 14. He works as a General Practitioner with an interest in rural Pre Hospital emergency care. He has climbed throughout the world with expeditions to Pakistan, India, Mongolia and Chilean Patagonia and made first ascents of both rock and ice routes on the sea cliffs of SW England. During this time he has also managed to become president of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Medical commission, Vice President of the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) and is the medical advisor to the British Mountaineering Council, Jagged Globe (a commercial expedition company) and the British International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA) Guides. Unusually for a non academic GP he has also published some papers on Mountain Medicine.
Dr. Marty Hoffman
Ultra Endurance Medicine: Drowning from Hydration Advice: Tales of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia in Endurance Competitions and the Wilderness
November 4th, 2021
Dr. Martin Hoffman is Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis. He retired from his position as Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the VA Northern California Health Care System in May 2020 after over 35 years of service to the VA. He is a Founder of Ultra-Endurance Sports Science & Medicine, a non-profit organization focused on the enhancement and distribution of scientific and medical knowledge related to participation in ultra-endurance activities. He has published over 150 original scientific papers, mostly related to applied exercise physiology with focus on human locomotion, human performance and proper hydration during prolonged exercise. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on multiple editorial boards. He has been a competitive cross-country skier or distance runner for most of his life, and still enjoys exploring his own limits…..though at a much slower pace than in the past.
Wells Holbrook PA-C, W-EMT
Survival Principles for the Wilderness Medicine Provider
February 23rd, 2022
Dr. Richard Ingebretsen
Avalanche Medicine: An Overview
August 11th, 2021
Dr. Jennifer Jackson
Cruise Medicine: Medicine on the Open Seas
February 24th, 2021
Dr. Jennifer Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is integrally involved in medical student education and serves as the Clerkship Director for the Emergency Medicine 4th year clerkship. She is also the Faculty Advisor and Pathway Director for medical students applying into Emergency Medicine, along with the EMT Lite Director. Furthermore, Dr. Jackson is involved in clinical skills education, PBL and the standardized patient and OSCE exams. Her academic areas of interest are in medical student education, simulation and cruise ship medicine.
Dr. Jackson completed an emergency medicine residency at Yale and works clinically in the emergency department at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, which is the affiliate teaching hospital for University of Miami.
Dr. Jackson has worked as a Senior Doctor onboard multiple cruise ships, leading shipboard medical operations, infection control, emergency drills and patient disembarkations/evacuations. She has presented and published on cruise medicine topics and research and is an active member of ACEP’s Cruise Ship Medicine Section.
Dr. Steve Jameson
Rural Medicine: Rural Healthcare Workforce, Now and into the Future
March 4th, 2021
Dr. Steve Jameson received his MD from U of MN – Mpls in 1989, and finished EM residency in 1993 at the Medical College of Wi – Milwaukee. Dr. Jameson worked in a level II trauma center in St. Cloud, MN, for 27 years, and transitioned to half there and half time working in rural ED’s and teaching rural and other EM providers (physicians, PA’s, and NP’s). He is the current chair of national ACEP’s Rural Section. Furthermore, Dr. Jameson has worked in dozens of rural hospitals in the US, internationally in New Zealand, China, and even as a ship doctor.
Dr. Nour Khatib
Cases From the Great White North
October 3rd, 2022
Dr. Nour Khatib is an emergency physician in Toronto working in community sites Markham Stouffville Hospital and Lakeridge health, and academic site Sunnybrook Hospital. Several times a year, Dr. Khatib also works in remote Northern communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She is currently the professional development and education lead at Lakeridge Health and lead preceptor for Lakeridge Health learners. She is the VP of Finance of a not-for-profit emergency education organization creating educational events for community emergency doctors. Prior to her career in medicine, she was a financial analyst for Pratt & Whitney Canada and has a background in Finance and an MBA. Her unique work and life experiences have fueled her passion for leadership, patient education, and quality improvement.
Dr. Dan Lack
September 30th, 2021
Dr Dan Lack is a Family Medicine registrar in Launceston, Tasmania and currently teaching faculty with the University of Tasmania in the Expedition Medicine section. He is part of the Australian Ski Patrol medical advisory committee and medical officer for the Ben Lomond Ski Patrol in Tasmania. He has also had a 20 year career in climate change research, with field work in remote areas of the world, in addition to a 10+ year career in mountain rescue with the Rocky Mountain Rescue group in Boulder Colorado, with tenures as their training director, mission leader and chairperson of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association.
Major Alexander T. Le
Special Operations Medicine: Introduction to Military Special Operations Surgical Teams
November 4th, 2021
Dr. Jay Lemery
Climate Medicine: Wilderness, Climate Change, and Health
November 18th, 2020
Dr. Jay Lemery, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the past president of the Wilderness Medical Society, is a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the National Academy of Medicine's (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine.
Dr. Renata Lewis
Rescue Medicine: Medicine Beyound Boundaries
April 8th, 2021
Dr. Kjell Lindgren
Space Medicine: ED to ISS - Journey to 130,000'
March 31st, 2021
Dr. Valerie Lou
Pregnancy and the Wilderness Athlete
September 5th, 2022
Dr. Sam Moore
Wilderness Medicine Physiology
September 30th, 2021
Sam is an ST4 anesthetic trainee and expedition medic based in Manchester, UK.
Dr. Candice Myhre
Surf Medicine: Wave, Saves & Wipeouts: Making a Splash in Sexism
November 10th, 2020
Dr. Myhre is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Wilcox Hospital in Kauai, HI. Dr. Myhre fell in love with surfing as a burnt out third year resident in Training. Since then she has volunteered numerous times as a surf doctor in underdeveloped countries like Indonesia, Mentawai Islands, FIji, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bhutan, Ghana. In 2013, while surfing, she saved a woman’s life who was hit by a 26 foot boat in the middle of the South Pacific and suffered life-threatening injuries. She re-enacted the story on Untold Stories of the ER and the photographs went viral when she spoke out against sexism in medicine on July 24, 2020. The Instagram post @drcandysurfvival was in response to the sexist article in the Journal of Vascular surgery. Outraged that women are still being asked to hold their private image to a higher standard to be respected in the workplace, her goal is to collectively cancel sexism in 2020.
Dr. Claire Nordeen
Claire Nordeen is a physician board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. She completed medical school at The University of Pennsylvania, residency at Denver Health, and culminated her training with the University of Washington EMS Fellowship where she worked with Seattle Fire Medic One, the UW Paramedic Training Program, and as a flight physician with Airlift Northwest. She had the privilege of working at the epicenter of cardiac arrest research and teaching with the Resuscitation Academy. Following fellowship, Dr Nordeen spent a year in Alaska working clinically in the Emergency Departments at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She and her husband now live in Bozeman, Montana where she continues to work in the Emergency Department at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.
Dr. Susan Northup
Dr. Susan E. Northrup is the Federal Air Surgeon for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. In this capacity, she leads the Office of Aerospace Medicine in Washington, D.C. She leads strategic management of the FAA's aviation medical programs, which oversee all pilots. Together with the Deputy Federal Air Surgeon, she shares responsibility for the direction and management of all FAA medical programs. In addition, Dr. Northrup oversees the FAA's aeromedical education programs, the planning and conduct of aerospace medical and human factors research, and the investigation of aircraft accident medical factors.
Dr. Ian Norton
Global Medicine: Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine - How to be a Part of the Solution not the Problem
March 17th, 2021
The International Space Station: A Day in the Life & Experiments
Luca Parmitano is an Italian astronaut and Chief of Astronaut Operations for the European Space Agency. He was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009 and is also a Colonel and test pilot for the Italian Air Force. He has conducted six spacewalks in his career, totaling 33 hours and 9 minutes, and supported more than 50 European experiments and 200 international experiments in space. Col Luca was launched to the International Space Station for his second mission in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft on July 2019 and returned February 2020. Other highlights including performing the first ‘live DJ session’ in Earth orbit, addressing world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 and talking to Nobel Laureates about exoplanets and the chemistry of batteries. His 201-day mission saw him take on the role of Space Station commander for Expedition 61 – becoming the third European and first ever Italian International Space Station commander.
Justin Parrinello is the Director of Operations for Florida Tactical and Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Mr. Parrinello is a seasoned fire captain and currently serves as assistant SWAT Team Leader and SWAT Team Tactical Medic Unit. He is on the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) and the Joint Terrorism Task Force board for active shooter training and response,. He has helped to develop TEMS curriculum for various law enforcement agencies, the DOD, the US State Department and more.
Dr. Ryan Paterson
Expedition Medicine: Expedition Medicine an Intersection of Disciplines
December 2nd, 2020
Dr. Ryan Paterson, board-certified Emergency Physician at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, CO, co-founder and former director for the Wilderness Medical Society Diploma in Mountain Medicine course, and United States delegate to the International Society of Mountain Medicine. Dr. Paterson has advanced certifications in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and in Mountain Medicine. He has significant experience in large race/event medical management, serving as the medical director for GlobalLimits, as well as in expedition medicine, serving as an expedition doctor on Mt. Everest. He serves as the medical director for the Kolkata City Mission (KCM), working to establish sustainable development solutions in education, health, women's empowerment and more for communities in and around Kolkata, India.
Avalanche and Search & Rescue
September 4th, 2023
Wilderness medicine specialist, Susan Purvis learned in the early 2000’s that if you want to practice medicine
Dr. Venkat Reddy
April 10th, 2023
Graduated MBBS (i.e. MD) from UQ in 2000 before completing MPH at UQ in 2005 by research with project titled "Epidemiology and treatment of eye disease - The Cape York Regional Eye Health Programme (1999-2004)"
Worked for Fred Hollows New Zealand as Ophthalmology Fellow at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji in 2015. Prior to that worked in ophthalmology in Exeter, UK and New Zealand
Participated in numerous eye camps to rural Fiji and India
Cyclone Winston relief operation Team Co-Leader, Fiji, Feb 2016
Currently Clinical Lecturer in UQ MD programme - Vision module coordinator; Year 2 Clinical Practice Course Coordinator
Part time PhD candidate at UQ - "Assessing the climate resilience of the Nepal health system"
Dr. Brent Rogers
Swamp Medicine: Experiences from the Florida Everglades
April 28th, 2021
Dr. Aaron Saguil
Military Medicine: How to Practice Good Medicine in Bad Places
July 14th, 2021
Dr. Aaron Saguil serves as the Associate Dean for Recruitment and Admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine—America’s Medical School—in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Saguil is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and is on the faculty of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He is the Vice Chair of the AAMC’s MCAT Validity Committee, a contributing editor to the American Family Physician, and Chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development.
Dr. Aenor Sawyer
Extreme Sports Medicine: Trans-Oceanic Rowing Medicine
March 10th, 2021
Dr. M. Peter Sayers
The Physiology of Free Diving
January 19th, 2021
Dr. M. Peter Sayers is an Emergency Physician with a subspecialty in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. After completing emergency medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami, Dr. Sayers completed fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Duke University F. G. Hall Center for Undersea Medicine and Environmental Physiology. While in fellowship, Dr. Sayers was involved with numerous US Navy and NASA-funded environmental physiology research projects and authored several manuscripts, abstracts, and a book chapter on diving medicine. He now practices Hyperbaric Medicine at Mercy Hospital in Miami, the only critical-care capable 24/7 emergency hyperbaric chamber in South Florida, which has treated more injured divers than any civilian facility in the country. He also practices clinical emergency medicine with the Broward Health System.
Dr. Jan Stepanek
Altitude Medicine Research and Hypoxic Conditions
November 11th, 2021
Dr. Jan Stepanek is board certified in internal and aerospace medicine. He served in the Swiss military as mountain infantry and flight surgeon. Currently, Dr. Stepanek is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Science Director of the Aerospace Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Consultant to NASA, the federal air surgeon, and civilian space flight companies, and FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner. He serves as co-director of the Aerospace Medicine & Vestibular Research Laboratory (AMVRL) at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona where he completes research in high altitude related disorders, acceleration and spatial disorientation. He has authored together with the AMVRL team numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. His personal interests lie in mountaineering, wilderness medicine, and clinical education.
"Mountain Medicine Airway Management Starts Here"
August 22nd, 2023
Heiko Stopsack is a Senior Paramedic / Rescue Specialist with King County Medic One - King County Sheriff's Air Support Unit. His career began 40 years ago and has witnessed the evolution of prehospital airway management to where it is today. At home in the Columbia Gorge he volunteers as a member of the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue team. Heiko enjoys teaching avalanche safety course as a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. Both of these worlds have collided into a passion to teach and motivate fellow rescuers and medical providers that successful resuscitation and medical care can be achieved in austere environments.
Dr. Cecily Swinburne
"Search & Rescue in the National Park Service"
Sepember 21st, 2023
Dr. Swinburne is an emergency physician with special interests in EMS and Wilderness Medicine. She first became involved in EMS in college when she joined Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, a volunteer technical rescue team working primarily in Acadia National Park. She then went on to work for the National Park Service as a backcountry ranger, primarily at Olympic National Park, and worked as an EMT and ski patroller in the off season. Eventually she decided to further her medical education and after completing training, including an EMS fellowship, she returned to Maine to practice. She is the medical advisor for Acadia National Park and continues to be an active member of the technical rescue team.
Dr. Derrick Tin
April 25th, 2023
Prof Derrick Tin is a Disaster Medicine Specialist and faculty at the BIDMC/ Harvard Medical School Disaster Medicine Fellowship. He's an Associate Professor in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Melbourne and has extensive operational experience in austere environments.
His talk "Journey into the Unknown" describes his personal experience and lessons learnt through many disasters around the world.
Dr. Shawn Vainio
This is my Why: 20 Years of Medical Expeditions in the Indian Transhimalaya
November 3rd, 2022
Shawn Vainio, MD, FAAFP is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed his residency at the University of Utah in Family Medicine. He is currently a Board Certified Family Practitioner practicing in Bethel, Alaska at the Yukon Delta Regional Hospital (hub hospital for the approximately 26,000 people living in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, an area approximately the size of the state of Oregon with 26,000 people spread amongst 53 villages). His current practice is 75% ER and 25% hospitalist/laborist where he cares for everything from frostbite, hypothermia, fish finger, seal finger, and tuberculosis, to stabilizing women with postpartum hemorrhage and helping a team stabilize 26 week triplets--all in a facility with no medical specialists, surgeon, or surgical subspecialists on-site, 400 miles by air from the closest referral hospital (no roads out here!).
Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg
Rescue Medicine Risk and Consequences: 15 Lessons from Two Decades of Mountain Rescue
February 10th, 2021
The Mount Hood Problem
March 15th, 2023
Christopher Van Tilburg MD is a wilderness, emergency and occupational medicine physician. He is staff physician at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital where he works in Occupational and Travel Medicine, the Emergency Department, and the Mountain Clinic at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort. He serves as active member and medical director of Crag Rats Mountain Rescue, medical director of Portland Mountain Rescue, Chair of Mountain Rescue Association Medical Committee, a delegate for International Commission of Alpine Rescue, Hood River County Public Health Officer, and Medical Examiner for four Oregon counties. He is author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature, which was shortlisted for the Banff Festival of Mountain Books and the Oregon Book Awards, and Search and Rescue Stories: A Wilderness Doctor’s Life and Death Tales of Risk and Reward. He is first author of Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Avalanche and Non-avalanche Snow Burial Accidents.
Dr. Rudie Van Vuuren
April 7th, 2022
WMS Member Benefits and Worldwide DiMM Courses
March 10th, 2022
Jason is the Director of the International Mountain Medicine Center at the University of New Mexico where he and his faculty train healthcare professionals from across the globe in mountain emergency medicine and rescue. Jason is a paramedic and holds his Bachelors in Emergency Medicine; he obtained his International Diploma in Mountain Emergency Medicine in Switzerland under the shadow of the Matterhorn. He is the founder of UNM’s Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM), a member of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue, chairs the international DiMM Regulation and Assessment Committee, and is on the board of directors of the Wilderness medical Society. Jason is a past member and president of volunteer-based Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council and formed University of New Mexico’s first helicopter mountain rescue team in collaboration with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit. He has been featured by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, on National Geographic TV, and has rock climbed throughout world. Despite his breadth of world travel, he’ll let you know this any day: “Nothing beats climbing a granite cliff face in the Sandia mountains with my life-long climbing partner/wife and teaching our four year old daughter to share our love for New Mexican mountains”.
Dr. David Young
Polar Medicine: Practicing Medicine at the End of the World
October 22nd , 2020
Dr. David Young is an esteemed faculty member at the University of Colorado. He has been a member of high-altitude research teams and was medical team leader after the devastating Nepal earthquakes in 2015. In 2016 he completed a tour as the station physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station. He has practiced in many types of austere environments and low-income countries.
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