More About Me
I grew up in Gardner, MA then went to Northeastern University before, rather spontaneously, enlisting in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman in 1999. After basic training I was assigned as a field medic to an infantry battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC. I spent the majority of those three and a half years either in the field or on deployment including six months in Okinawa and three months in Guantanamo Bay at Camp X-Ray. I also attended specialized training in cold weather, jungle and desert medicine. Then I finished out my Navy career at a family practice clinic in London, England.
Two weeks after my six year enlistment in the Navy ended I was back in class as a medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. Then I matched into a 4 year emergency medicine residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. My residency had a very active group of EMS physicians affording me the chance to work at some mass gathering events, attend urban search and rescue training, and earn a Certificate in Disaster Medicine and Management.
After residency I was chosen for the wilderness and expedition medicine fellowship at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. The core of my expedition medicine training were five ultra-marathons (Arizona, Utah, Cambodia, Bhutan and Brazil), all of which included a large amount of planning and logistical support in addition to the medical care at the race itself. I also attended the Adirondack Winter Mountaineering School, taught at the WMS student elective, and took an AWLS course (which I plan on teaching in the very near future).
I completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in Liverpool, UK in the Spring of 2015 before starting my current job as an EM physician at Cambridge Health Alliance. I also have an identical twin brother who travels just as much as I do!
In this field it is all about who you know. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to work with some great people along the way. Everyone listed below is an emergency medicine doctor with specialized training in wilderness medicine. They all come highly recommended!