About Our World Renowned Faculty

Eric A. Weiss, MD, FACEP

Professor of Emergency Medicine (Emeritus), Stanford University School of Medicine, Founder and former Director, Stanford University Wilderness Medicine Fellowship; Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine and Editor of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine in the 2017 Clinics of North America.

Howard Donner

Howard J. Donner, MD

Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.


Lee Kaplan, MD

Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California, San Diego; Chief, Dermatology Section, Scrips Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA.

Joseph B. Serra, MD

Founding Member of the Wilderness Medical Society; Orthopedic Surgeon, Stockton, California, 25 year member, National Ski Patrol, Orthopedic Surgeon, Rotary International to Africa.


Kathleen Kerrigan, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine - Baystate; Director of Simulation, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA; Co-Founder, Special Deliveries.


Timothy B. Erickson, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT

Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham Health, Harvard Medical School. Core faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Section Editor, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, Boston, MA.

Valerie Dobiesz

Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH, FACEP

Director of Internal Programs, Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Director of Women's Leadership Initiative, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Boston, MA.


Michael J. Vanrooyen, MD, MPH, FACEP

Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Director, Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Karen Van Hoesen

Karen B. Van Hoesen, MD , FACEP

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center and Dive Medicine Fellowship, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA. Former Board of Directors and consultant for Divers Alert Network (DAN).


Henry Herrmann, DMD, FAGD

Dentist, Falls Church, Virginia; Author of Wilderness Dental Emergencies, in Wilderness Medicine.

Sheryl Olson

Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN

Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Dora Kibbee, EMT

Survival Instructor specializing in children, teen and adult survival instruction and first aid; Specialist in International Relations and International Travel Safety.


Danny Kibbee

Survival instructor specializing in training children and teens to survive in any environment.


Kyle Allred, PA

Professional expedition and whitewater guide; Has guided extensively on five continents; Wilderness survival instructor; Co-founder of MedCram.com and MedWild.com

Lanny Johnson, FNP/PA

Jackson Wyoming; medical advisor to Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and former medical advisor and climbing park ranger, Grand Teton National Park.


Gary Kibbee

Navy Seal; Special Forces Survival Instructor; swiftwater rescue, high angle rescue, and dive rescue instructor; specialist in tactical and wilderness medicine, escape and evasion, and confined space rescue.


Philip White

Fire Chief (retired), South San Francisco Fire Department; Senior Fire Instructor and Instructor of Heavy Rescue (building collapse); Hazardous Materials specialist; CBRNE Project Manager, Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative.

Larry Moore, MD

Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician.  Physician advisor/educator for the ambulance services in Teller County Colorado.  Spent 4 years as a shipboard doctor for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Scott Kuipers, EMT

Wilderness survival instructor, professional tracker and guide. Film maker and on set medic for film and tv productions.


Nick Beer

University of Washington, Navigation and Survival Instructor and Guide; Outward Bound Chief Instructor.

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