tRAINING COURSE Speakers
The Training Course Officers coordinate teaching from eminent and highly experienced professionals from the many fields which are part of wilderness and expedition medicine.
Colonel Paul Parker
Colonel Paul Parker is the most senior trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in the British Army. He is also a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which is the main trauma centre for the West Midlands. When he is not performing life-saving surgery, Col Parker directs the Royal College of Surgeons’ ‘Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Skills’ (DCOTS) course.
Professor Susanne Spano
Dr. Sue Spano is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco Fresno (UCSF Fresno) program. She completed a Wilderness Medicine fellowship at UCSF Fresno following completion of her residency training. She currently serves as Director of Wilderness Medicine Education and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Spano also volunteers on the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team. Over her career, Dr. Spano has been a community education advocate regionally, with a televised Wilderness Medicine special aired on the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), as well as serving as invited faculty for numerous national conferences.
Professor Ben Abo
Ben Abo, DO. Abo is an EMS physician in Florida, a paramedic, and an expert in wilderness medicine with a keen interest in snakes. He is also director of the elite Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Lake County Fire Rescue Venom 1 and Venom 2 teams.
Casey Pruett is the Managing Director for KBR GmbH, Cologne, Germany, which primarily provides space medicine services to the ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC). He has been in this role since the beginning of January 2003. In addition, he leads support service efforts to other national space agencies and their space life science research activities, supports aerospace medicine curricula in European universities, and was the deputy project manager for all medical and psychological elements of the 2008-2009 ESA Astronaut Selection Campaign.
Doctor Chris Peluso
Chris Peluso's focus of study within Medicine is in the area of Emergency Medicine, and specifically with a current and future aspiration of Wilderness Medicine, and rescue logistics and operations. He previously completed a combined residency with emphasis in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics before beginning his training in Emergency Medicine. In addition to his current fellow teams, Chris is an austere response physician with the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team in North Carolina and Tennessee, and works as a response physician in multiple counties in North Carolina with various Search and Rescue teams.
Mr David Nott
David Malcolm Nott OBE OStJ FRCS (born 1956) is a Welsh consultant surgeon who works mainly in London hospitals as a general and vascular surgeon, but also volunteers to work in disaster and war zones. Having recognised that training others could greatly increase his capacity to help, Nott established the David Nott Foundation, along with his wife Elly, to organise training in emergency surgery for others working in war and disaster zones.
Professor Hugh Montgomery
Prof Hugh Montgomery obtained a first-class degree in cardiorespiratory physiology/neuropharmacology before graduating from the Middlesex Hospital Medical school in 1987. He has since gained accreditation in general internal medicine, cardiology and intensive care medicine, and practices as a consultant in intensive care at the Whittington hospital in North London.
Hugh obtained his research degree (MD) in 1997, and is Professor of Intensive Care at UCL, where he directed the Institute for Human Health and Performance. Hugh's interest has been in the use of environmental stressors in the exploration of human (patho)physiology – often using a genetic approach. He was the first to discover a 'gene for human fitness'. He has published over 450 scientific articles.
Professor Gordon Giesbrecht, FAWM
Gordon Grant Giesbrecht is a Canadian physiologist who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada. He studies the effects of extreme environments, including cold, heat, hypoxia, and hypobaria on the human body. His laboratory motto is vitas salvantas (saving lives). He was dubbed "Professor Popsicle" in a feature article in Outside Magazine.