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Ali Arastu, MD, FAWM
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital | Stanford; Founder / Director | House of Stoked; Past - Student Representative & Board Member, Wilderness Medical Society; Crew Member, Catalina Island Hyperbaric Chamber; Wilderness interests include diving and long-distance backpacking.

Paul Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, MFAWM, FAAEM
Redlich Family Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Auerbach is one of the world’s leading authorities on wilderness medicine and emergency medicine and editor of the definitive medical textbook Wilderness Medicine. He also authors Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, and recently co-authored Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health. He is a founder and past President of the Wilderness Medical Society, and founding editor emeritus of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Auerbach serves as a medical consultant to the Divers Alert Network, member of the Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and advisor to innovative companies such as Talix, Emergency University, InSilixa, TheraDep, Hospi, iBlades, and GenieMD. He has engaged in numerous research projects, including concussion, frostbite, jellyfish stings, and wilderness medicine education, as well as creating EMS systems around the globe.

Brad Bennett, PhD, EMT-P, WEMT, FACSM, MFAWM
Brad is a physiologist who retired as a Navy Captain after 27 years. He is subject matter expert on battlefield trauma having served over the past 16 years on the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. He also has an extensive background in prehospital emergency medicine.  Brad serves as an Adjunct Professor and is a former Vice Chairman, Military and Emergency Medicine Department, Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.  He trained as a Navy Medical Department Deep Sea Diving Officer, and is certified as a PADI Master Diver; He served on the WMS Board of Directors from 2007 to 2018; and President of the WMS, 2014-2016.

Cindy Bitter, MD, MA, MPH, FACEP, FAWM
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery/Division of Emergency Medicine, and adjunct faculty in the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, core residency faculty and course director for wilderness elective for medical students. She completed an International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowship at University of Illinois-Chicago, and is an experienced humanitarian provider who has worked on projects ranging from disaster relief to capacity building in multiple countries. 

  Jaren Blake

  Melissa Boetig, AN-BC, DiMM

Steven Carleton, MD, PhD
Steven C. Carleton MD, PhD is a Professor and W. Brian Gibler Chair of Emergency Medicine Education at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.  He served as a Fight Physician for 15 years and Medical Director of University Air Care for 13 years, and is a current faculty member in the Difficult Airway Course: Emergency.  Dr. Carleton contributes chapters on wilderness navigation and wilderness communication to Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine text.  He is a self-taught navigator and practices both field-expedient and formal celestial navigation in the wilderness near his home in Wyoming...Ohio.

Michael Caudell, MD, FACEP, FAWM, DiMM

Dr. Michael Caudell is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, and the Medical Director for Wilderness Medicine and Survival Medicine within the Center of Operational Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Caudell is one of the founders of MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race), the Immediate Past Chair of ACEP's Wilderness Medicine Section, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM), and has earned the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM).  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Wilderness Medical Society, the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and North American Educational Adventure Racing.


Christanne Coffey, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Diego. Course Director, Diploma in Diving and Marine Medicine. Her interests include wilderness medicine education, diving medicine, marine envenomations and aquatic injuries.

Jennifer Dow, MD, MHA, FACEP, FAWM, DiMM
Medical Director - National Park Service: Alaska Region; Director - Alaska Regional Hospital Emergency Department; Medical Director - The Alyeska Pipeline Service company. 

David Fiore, MD, FAAFP
Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UNR Med. Reno, NV. Avid kayaker, rafter, mountain biker and back country skier. Trip physician on multiple remote rafting and backcountry skiing trips. Director, annual backcountry winter wilderness medicine retreat/CME. Overseas teaching experience includes instructing medics in the “New Mon State” of Burma (now Myanmar) and assisting in the development of an “advanced general practice” residency in Bhutan. Dr. Fiore is also a board member of the Sierra Avalanche Center and the Reno Bike Project.

Luanne Freer, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Past President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Yellowstone National Park; Founder/Director, Everest ER, Nepal.

Jessie Gehner, MD
Jessie became interested in Wilderness Medicine after an accident while thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. All throughout her training at University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she tried to find ways to combine her passion for the outdoors with practicing medicine. As fate would have it, she was accepted to an Emergency Medicine Residency at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, VA, the same facility she had been taken to when she had to be evacuated from the Appalachian Trail with a broken leg. After residency, she was the first fellow to graduate from their Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. Her interests include Long Distance Hiker Health, Altitude Medicine and Education.

Michael Habicht, MD, DiMM
Michael Habicht, MD is an emergency physician practicing in Lake Tahoe. His career in medicine began as an outdoor guide with a W.F.R. certification and has continued through the WMS and the DiMM program. As an avid climber, skier and local SAR member he brings wilderness medicine to his beloved Sierra Nevada. As a father of 2 adventuresome boys and advisor to multiple youth outdoor organizations he has a unique perspective on getting kids outdoors, the risks and mostly rewards of getting into the wilderness.

Taylor Haston, DO, DiMM, MPH
Dr. Taylor Haston is from Charlotte, NC, completed medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, then completed her emergency medicine residency training at MCG. She went on to complete a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at MCG and is now an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, as well as Co-Director for the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship.  She has earned her Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and certifications in Level 1 Swiftwater Rescue, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diving; and is currently completing her FAWM (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine) through the WMS.  Dr. Haston serves as faculty with the Event Medicine section at MCG and works as medical support for an international ultra-marathon race series as frequently as her schedule allows. She has considerable experience in International Medicine around the world and has traveled internationally as faculty, not only with the Wilderness Medicine Section, but also with the International Medicine Section and the Ultrasound Section at MCG.

Tony Islas, MD, MPH, FAWM
Past-President, Wilderness Medical Society; CAQ-Sports Medicine; Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Nevada - Reno; Team Physician University of Nevada ; Medical Director - Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Eric Johnson, MD, FAWM
Past-President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Teton Co. Fire; Medical Director, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, Deaconess Health, Bozeman, MT.; Medical Consultant, Global Rescue, LLC; Frequent volunteer for the Himalayan Rescue Association clinics and Everest ER. NAUI instructor #22649 (ret)

  Noah Jordahl, MD, FAWM
J. Noah Jordahl is presently a 3rd year Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Utah.  Previously he served six years in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant following service in in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He also worked on hand crews fighting wildland fire in Alaska and was an EMT-Paramedic prior to starting medical school.  His wilderness medicine interests include wildland fire, cold weather and rural medicine.

Jenevieve Kincaid, MD, MPH, RN/BSN, FAWM
Dr. Kincaid graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2014 and UL School of Nursing in 2005. In August 2016, she received her MPH in Global Health Leadership from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and in September of 2016, completed her FAWM. She is Chair of WMS's Disaster and Humanitarian Committee, is pursuing the Diploma in Dive and Marine Medicine, and is an AWLS Instructor. She is currently a practicing Research Physician in South Lake Tahoe, co-founder of the Tahoe Advanced Sports (and Wilderness Medicine) Research Centre, and is collaborating with the CDC and NIEHS on a number of global health and environmental projects in rural northern Vietnam.   Jenevieve's wilderness passions include: SAR, paddle boarding, diving, snow sports, disaster and humanitarian relief, outdoor education, canoeing/kayaking, and hiking with her SAR pup in training, Klaus.  

James Lieberman, MD, DiMM, FAWM
University of Washington School of Medicine Associate Clinical Staff; Attending Anesthesiologist, St Luke's Medical Center, Ketchum, Idaho; Medical Advisor, Sun Valley Trekking.  Board of Directors, WMS.  DiMM Faculty.

CDR Lanny Littlejohn, MD
Dr. Lanny Littlejohn is a board certified emergency physician on active duty with the US Navy.  He currently serves as the Command Surgeon for a Naval Special Warfare Group in Virginia Beach, VA.  His operational experience includes tours as a flight surgeon, diving medical officer, and special operations physician with 7 combat tours to date.  His research has focused on hemorrhage control with tourniquets, hemostatic dressings, and vented chest seals for penetrating chest trauma. 

Neil McCormack, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery/Division of Emergency Medicine; Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis  Missouri. Co-faculty advisor for the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group. He is a 2017 residency graduate from Jacoboi Medical Center with residency experience in hyperbaric chamber treatments. He is currently starting out his work towards FAWM completion.

Marion McDevitt, DO,MPH, FACEP,FAWM
Emergency Medicine Physician; Past Chair, ACEP Wilderness Medicine Section; Past WMS Board Member; Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine; Diploma in Mountain Medicine; Wilderness Medicine/EMS Fellowship, University of Utah.

Scott McIntosh, MD, MPH, FAWM, DiMM
President-Elect, Wilderness Medical Society, Past Editor-in Chief, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine; Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship; Associate Medical Director, AirMed Transport Service, Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah.

  Christina Merryman

Todd Miner, EdD, FAWM
Senior instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Education Director for the Wilderness and Environmental Section, University of Colorado School of Medicine. He previously worked at taught at Cornell University and the University of Alaska. Miner has led climbs of the 6 highest peaks on the continent and logged thousands of days of wilderness medicine and outdoor education.

Charles Mize, MD
Charlie is a leading expert on the retrieval of critically-ill and injured patients from austere environments at high-altitude.  He is the founder and former head of Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval (BEAR), the Kingdom of Bhutan’s pre-hospital helicopter critical care team, and former Director of Resuscitation for Bhutan’s only major tertiary referral center, the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.  He is a co-founding member of BearBadger, a physician-led team that undertakes high-risk patient retrieval and expeditionary medicine. He and his team have pulled broken yak herders from cliffs in the eastern Himalaya, have led mountain mapping expeditions sponsored by the Red Cross and World Health Organization, and have trained and established trauma medevac for militaries in different parts of the globe.

Maria Nemethy, MD, FAWM
Dr. Némethy is an Emergency Medicine Physician based out of Salt Lake City, and currently working in Alaska and Utah. She completed a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine and Emergency Medical Services at the University of Utah, and is a Diploma in Mountain Medicine graduate and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. She has volunteered with the Himalayan Rescue Association at its Pheriche clinic in 2012, and at Everest ER in 2017.

Terry O'Connor, MD, FACEP, DIMM
Over the preceding decades, Dr Terry O’Connor’s passion for outside adventures has lead to a diverse set of roles: Ski Patroller. Guide. Expedition Manager. National Park Service Climbing Ranger. Expedition Doctor. High Altitude Researcher. His contributions have been previously featured with National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Currently, Dr O'Connor is an emergency physician in Sun Valley, Idaho and the Blaine County and Sawtooth Regional EMS medical director. He is one of the course directors for the Diploma in Mountain Medicine.

Neal Pollock, PhD
Neal Pollock is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at Université Laval in Québec, QC and Research Chair at the Centre de médicine de plongée du Québec, Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, QC. He was previously Research Director at Divers Alert Network (DAN) in Durham, North Carolina. His academic training is in zoology, exercise physiology and environmental physiology. His research interests focus on human health and safety in extreme environments. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine.

  Paul Queior, MPAS, PA-C, EM-CAQ
Paul's love of medicine was born in a Wilderness First Responder course in Maine, built on his lifelong passion for the wilderness, and has grown throughout his training and work as EMT/WEMT/PA-C. He spent 5 seasons in the US Antarctic Program at Palmer Station, worked on the ice-strengthened Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel Laurence M Gould cruising Antarctic waters, and was prehospital EMS/911 response in Flagstaff, Arizona. He'd like to climb and sail the peaks and oceans he hasn't yet. He is an Emergency Medicine PA in Arizona where he lives with his wife and two daughters, and currently chairs the Expedition Medicine Committee of WMS.

Robert Quinn, MD, FAWM, FAAOS, FAOA
Chair & Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Chair, Council on Research and Quality, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). His wilderness interests include mountaineering, back-country skiing, and mountain biking. His wilderness medicine interests include orthopaedic and trauma management as these relate to SAR, military, developing world and disaster medicine. Additional interests include evidence-based medicine/science, value-based healthcare, high altitude medicine and physiology, cold injuries, and personal survival. Dr. Quinn is currently serving as the WMS President. He is also a contributing faculty member for AWLS.

  Elaine Reno

  Elizabeth Reno

Andy Rich
As the Coordinator of Remote Rescue Training, Andy develops curriculum in addition to overseeing the remote rescue technician certification courses. With 15 years experience as an outdoor educator, whitewater guide, mountain guide, and industrial rescue and rigger, Andy specializes in managing groups in technical and hazardous settings. He is an avid climber, skier, and boater with many international expeditions under his belt. Andy has extensive hands-on experience with wilderness rescues in whitewater, mountain, and winter environments as an improvised first responder rescuer and through organized rescue team efforts. Andy also likes to make learning fun and teaches with both the curriculum and student needs in mind. He has two BA degrees and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.

Winnie Romeril, MA, BA, NR-P, FP-C, CCEMTP, FAWM
Winnie Romeril still happily jumps out of bed to deliver pre-hospital emergency medical care in rural & austere environments, even after 20 years. She's a flight paramedic in upstate NY, and has flown with Haiti Air Ambulance mentoring local staff. Outside EMS, Winnie responds to catastrophic disasters and epidemics as a crisis spokesperson (in English & Spanish). Her 5 months as the World Health Organization spokesperson in Sierra Leone at the height of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak was her most challenging deployment yet. Prior to falling in love with EMS, Winnie trained international observers to protect human rights workers in global conflict zones. Despite living abroad and traveling to over 40 countries, re-entry caught her off guard last year following 6 weeks in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, proving that even seasoned humanitarian workers need to keep their coping strategies fresh.

Emily Sagalyn, MD, MPH, FAWM, DiMM, FACEP
Emily Sagalyn is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with Northern Nevada Emergency Physicians in Reno, Nevada and Clinical Associate Professor at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).   After completing residency in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she pursued a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine and Emergency Medical Services at the University of Utah where she also completed her MPH. She completed her FAWM and DiMM with the WMS and serves as faculty for the DiMM and Board member for the WMS.  She is a medical advisor for SWS Mountain Guides in Mt. Shasta, CA. 

Michelle Storkan, MD
Dr. Storkan is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and core faculty at the University of California San Francisco Fresno (UCSF Fresno). She has completed a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and for the last three years has been the course director for the UCSF Wilderness Medicine student elective and serves as the medical director for the Fresno Two-Cities Marathon. Dr. Storkan is also one of the UCSF Fresno Parkmedic/EMS faculty which serves as a Medical Advisor for the National Park Service and provides online medical direction for Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. 

Samantha Tarshis, MD, WEMT, FAWM
Sam grew up exploring Colorado, where she fell in love with the wild. Sam was a snake handler, wilderness & urban EMT (Colorado Mountain College), and high school chemistry teacher with a 1-explosion-per-day rule. She misses the unstable elemental potassium in her life, but does have less singed eyebrow hair now. Sam got her MD at University of Colorado School of Medicine and is now an emergency medicine resident at Lincoln hospital in the Bronx. She has since completed her advanced PADI diver cert and FAWM. Her favorite climbs include Rainier, Longs, Kalla Patthar, and whatever climb is next.

Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA, FAWM
Christopher Tedeschi is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an attending emergency physician at NY-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a member of the core teaching faculty of the NYP Emergency Medicine Residency, and director of emergency preparedness for CUMC Emergency Medicine.  Tedeschi is past-chair of the disaster and humanitarian medicine committee of the Wilderness Medical Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

  David Telian

  Zane Thompson

Nick Williams, MA, DO, FAWM
Dr. Williams has been active in Disaster Medicine and humanitarian intervention for over 25 years. While working for the US National Disaster Medical System, he provided emergency care to survivors of Hurricane Andrew and later to refugees of Kosovo as part of Operation Provide Refuge. His areas of operation have included the Indo-Tibetan border, The Rwandan Genocide Crisis, the Haiti Earthquake and many others. Dr. Williams served as the founding  chairman of the Committee on Expedition Medicine at the Wilderness Medical Society 2015-16.

George Wortley, MD, FAWM
George Wortley, MD, FAWM, is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a CAQ in Sports Medicine and a Certificate in Travelers Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  For 28 years he was a full time faculty member for the Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency where he ran the Rural Medicine practice site in Big Island, Virginia, just off the Appalachian Trail.  Shortly after “retiring” he left for Antarcica to serve as the physician for the US Antarctic Program at Palmer Station, Antarctica.  In 2019 he will be returning to Antactica as the winter-over physician at the Amundson-Scott South Pole Station.  For the past 21 years he has been providing medical care and food support for the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico's Copper Canyon.  For the past three years he has taught the Caving sectionat the WMS Medical Student Elective.