Wilderness Medicine - Mentor Bios

Dr. Jenna White

Dr. Jenna White practices emergency medicine in the University of New Mexico (UNM) hospital system, is faculty in both the EMS and Wilderness Medicine fellowships at UNM, and is an instructor in the UNM EMS Academy. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago. While completing residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, Jenna helped establish a regional wilderness medicine educational initiative for the Great Lakes area, and co-directed numerous wilderness medicine courses and conferences. After finishing residency, Dr. White completed a two-year EMS fellowship at UNM, with a focus on rural EMS, wilderness medicine, and prehospital care in austere environments. During her fellowship, she completed the UNM Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) program. Dr. White co-directs the Austere and Mountain Medicine programs at the EMS Academy, and serves the New Mexico Search and Rescue community as medical director for both Cibola Search and Rescue and the UNM Reach and Treat ALS-level Search and Rescue Team. She provides EMS medical direction for Cochiti Fire & EMS and Sandoval County Fire Department. Dr. White instructs UNM residents on point-of-care ultrasound, and also teaches a prehospital ultrasound course for EMS providers. Jenna loves skiing, running, hiking, and kayaking.

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine in both Canada and the U.S.A and he works clinically in the Emergency Department of GWU Hospital. Dr. Lehnhardt is the Director of the Fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine (FEEM), the Director of the Wilderness and Extreme Environmental Medicine 4th Year Medical Student Elective, and the Director of the Introduction to Human Health in Space graduate course. In addition, he is a reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, a private pilot, and a PADI advanced open water SCUBA diver.

Dr. Julio M. De Peña

Doctor Julio M. De Peña, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM 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 co-coordinator for Hospital General Plaza de la Salud Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

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 Dominican expedition to Mount Everest.

Medical officer for the Dominican Red Cross Hurricane Georges disaster relief efforts and Disaster relief Task Force for major earthquakes in El Salvador deployed by the Dominican Government.

Dr. Ben Mattingly

Hi, I am Dr. Ben Mattingly and I am the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Baystate Medical Center and an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine in Springfield, MA. I have always had a passion for the outdoors - climbing, biking, backpacking, dirt biking, mountaineering, scuba diving, skiing, extreme sports and travel. I have traveled to many places throughout the world, including a year in New Zealand as a wilderness medicine instructor. I completed my FAWM (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine) and upon returning to Baystate from New Zealand, I set up the wilderness medicine fellowship to pursue my passion for the outdoors and education. In 2012, I summated Aconcagua the tallest Mountain in the Americas while conducting high altitude research and have climbed many other peaks including Orizaba in Mexico conducting a wilderness medicine course. I also act as the Team Doctor for a local American Hockey League team, the Springfield Falcons. I am active in wilderness medicine and medical education, and I oversee the wilderness medicine curriculum for residents and rotating medical students. We have our own hospital wide interest group and play an active role in the community. I have been awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year twice by graduating third year emergency medicine residents and enjoy hands-on teaching. I have a special interest in wilderness injuries and high altitude medicine, and I am an active AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support) instructor. In addition, I am the owner of Wild Med Adventures, LLC and travel throughout the world teaching wilderness medicine. (www.wildmedadventures.com)

Dr. Mark Christensen

My name is Mark Christensen. I am a Wilderness Medicine Fellow at Stanford. I grew up in Salt Lake City skiing, climbing, biking and camping along the Wasatch, Uinta, and Wind River ranges. I started to get involved in wilderness medicine during my residency in Michigan (WMU). We developed a wilderness medicine lecture series among Michigan residencies to support wilderness medicine activities and help residents interested in completing their FAWM. I help establish the EMRA Wilderness Medicine Committee and served as chair in 2013-2014. During that time I also did a tropical/wilderness medicine elective in Haiti. At Stanford I have been doing research on hypothermia and ultramarathon physiology. I have been able to travel to Chile and Ecuador as part of the medical teams for Race the Planet events, climb Mt Rainier, participate in avalanche training courses, and teach SAR and WFR classes as part of my fellowship. I'm excited to keep teaching and pursuing wilderness medicine through my career after returning to Salt Lake after completing my fellowship.

Dr. Michael Caudell

Dr. Michael Caudell is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director for Wilderness & Survival Medicine within the Center of Operational Medicine at MCG. He is also the Director of the WildernessMedicine Fellowship at MCG. Dr. Caudell obtained his MD from MCG and remained there to complete an emergency medicine residency. Dr. Caudell is one of the founders of MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) and serves as the Executive Director for the Southeast Race. He is also the Immediate Past-Chair of ACEP's Wilderness Medicine Section, Past-Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society Education Committee, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and serves on the Board of Directors for theWilderness Medical Society, the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and North American Educational Adventure Racing. He is a faculty member for the Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) course, and he is the course director and instructor for American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid. Dr. Caudell has earned the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM), as well as certifications in Swiftwater Rescue and Advanced Open Water Diving.

Dr. Jay Lemery

Dr. Jay Lemery is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the immediate Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and is currently the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has an academic expertise in the effects of climate change on human health and serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is the Co-Editor of an upcoming text Global Climate Change and Human Heath (Jossey Bass), to press in November 2015. From 2005-2012, he was the Director of Cornell Wilderness Medicine and a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Lemery was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received his MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. From 2003-04 he was chief resident in Emergency Medicine at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals. He also holds academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center) where he is a Contributing Editor for its Journal Health and Human Rights and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’ He is affiliate faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health.

Dr. Mularella

Dr. Mularella is a board certified emergency medicine physician with specialized training and experience in prehospital and wilderness/expedition medicine.

He grew up in Massachusetts and received his BS in biology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He subsequently enlisted in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman (medic) for six years, over half of which time was spent attached to a US Marine Corps infantry unit where he received specialized training related to cold weather, jungle, and desert locales.

Following his enlistment, Dr. Mularella received his Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, and then completed a rigorous 4 year emergency medicine residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a fellowship in wilderness and expedition medicine at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY and then earned his Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in Liverpool, England.

He has worked as a physician at several expeditions and races including the Southwestern US, Amazon Jungle, Cambodia, and Bhutan; in addition to several local mass-gathering events.

In May 2015 he moved back home to the Boston area to work full-time as an emergency medicine physician at Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard teaching hospital) while still participating in wilderness/expedition medicine on the side.

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Wilderness and Expedition Medicine, Race Medicine, Tropical/Travel Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound , Student and Resident Education, iPhone/iPad and Android application development.

Dr. Nicole Battaglioli

My name is Nicole Battaglioli, MD FAWM. I am currently a Chief Resident at York Hospital in York, PA, but will soon be moving to Minnesota to start a position with the Mayo Clinic System. I got involved in Wilderness Medicine through participation an an amazing 3 day WM conference that my program puts on every year (check it out!) I recently completed my FAWM with the Wilderness Medical Society and I hope to take this knowledge with me to MN to help start up some awesome WM activities out there. I am also interested in medical student education and curriculum development. I enjoy hiking and camping but I love scuba diving and hanging out on wrecks!

Dr. Anne Zink

My name is Anne Zink. I am the medical director for our group, Mat-Su Emergency Physicians and current ACEP present of the Alaska State Chapter. I also serve as the assistant medical director for Denali National Park. I practice in Palmer Alaska which is 45 miles North of Anchorage. We serve an area the size of West Virginia. Part of the joy in the this job is the integration between Wilderness Medicine and my daily practice. We are regularly working with search and rescue, snow machine injuries, skiing injuries and having patients flown off of Denali to our hospital during the summer. We work closely with EMS to figure out bypass guidelines, resource amiability and best practices. On my free time I can ski or snow bike out the back door. We have two children and are enjoying integrating them in our wilderness life. I was a NOLS instructor, climbed in Nepal, traveled / worked in Tibet, Antarctic and Botswana for years before this profession and my husband was a Alpine Assent Guide before we decided to settle down for real roof over our heads.

Dr. Lara Phillips

My name is Lara Phillips. I am on faculty at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where I work as an emergency medicine physician. I am the faculty advisor of the Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Interest Group at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at TJU. Last year, I completed a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. During this fellowship, I worked at Health Aid Posts in the Annapurna Mountains through the Himalayan Rescue Association and continued to volunteer with relief efforts in Kathmandu after the Nepal earthquake in spring 2015. I became interested in wilderness medicine starting my 4th year of medical school when I did a wilderness medicine elective rotation in Tennessee. In residency, I also worked in rural Dillingham, Alaska through the Indian Health Service and in Guyana at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. My passion is teaching and service to the underserved in rural areas. I plan to continue to pursue an academic career by combining patient care and teaching in traditional and non-traditional emergency medicine settings. In my free time, I enjoy running, mud races, anytime of water activity, and traveling.

Dr. Susanne Spano

Dr. Susanne Spano is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of California San Francisco Fresno, in Fresno, CA. At Fresno, she serves as the Director of Wilderness Medicine Education, and is involved with teaching in the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program, National Park Service Parkmedic training programs, and resident education. Fellowship trained in Wilderness Medicine, Dr. Spano currently represents the Wilderness Medicine Section at the American College of Emergency Physician’s Scientific Assembly as a Councilor. She enjoys long distance backpacking, hiking, and trail running. One of her goals is to section hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, and having completed the 220-mile John Muir Trail last year, plans to hike a 218-mile section from Lake Tahoe area to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite this upcoming summer.

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