The Training Course Officers coordinate teaching from eminent and highly experienced professionals from the many fields which are part of wilderness and expedition medicine.


Major Natalie Taylor

Major Natalie Taylor is a military GP who has deployed to Afghanistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, Estonia and other remote locations around the globe providing medical support to NATO forces and host nations. 
Major Taylor was also part of the ICE MAIDENS team, the the first all-female team to cross Antarctica coast to coast using muscle power alone. Her achievements don’t stop there, as she is also a nordic ski instructor and was captain of the Army Medical Services (AMS) Ladies team at the British Biathlon and Nordic Championships. Natalie is also an ultra-marathon athlete, and is currently working towards her Alpine Mountain Leader qualification. 


Surgeon Commander Sam Hutchings

Surgeon Commander Sam Hutchings is the Royal Navy's Head of Intensive Care Medicine, and undertakes his clinical practice as a Consultant Intensivist at King's College Hospital. He has deployed operationally to Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. He is doing a PhD on targeted resuscitation of patients with traumatic injuries. He is a Defence Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, and the author of the book 'Trauma and Combat Critical Care in Clinical Practice'. 


Doctor Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM, and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon. Through her involvement with Project PoSSUM, Dr. Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in micro-gravity. She has also completed centrifuge studies, emergency spacecraft egress and sea survival training, and wilderness medicine training. She also currently serves at the Life Sciences Team Lead for Association of Spaceflight Professionals and the Life Sciences Chair for the Canadian Space Society.

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Professor Ben Abo​

Dr Benjamin Abo is an Emergency Physician based in Florida, USA. Dr Abo has extensive experience in first response and search and rescue. He is the Medical Director for Gainesville Fire Rescue, Medical Director for Fire Control Districts, and is an USAR Physician for the South West Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. 
On top of his experience as an emergency physician and in search and rescue, Dr Abo is also an expert toxinologist, working as the Primary Investigator for the Miami Dade Venom Response Unit. He is the Medical Director for Haz Tox Inc, a practical tool to assess victims of hazardous materials, and is a Founding Board Member for the Asclepius Snakebite Foundation. 


Doctor Lizzie Thorne

Dr Lizzie Thorne is an expedition doctor and junior doctor in London. Dr Thorne has taken part in several expeditions and events, including being part of the WEM medical team for filming of The World’s Toughest Race with Bear Grylls out in Fiji. She has worked as a medic for ultra marathons in Sri Lanka and Jordan, and for the Adventure Race in Fiji. 
Dr Thorne is also the surgical junior for the surgical charity Simons Mango Tree, which organises a team of surgeons, anaesthetists, surgical assistants and recovery nurses to travel to Northern Ghana helping provide surgical support and training. 
More recently, she has volunteered in South Africa as an emergency and trauma medical officer, and worked in the emergency department in one of the hospitals at the original epicentre of the UK COVID-19 outbreak.


Doctor Pete Hodkinson

Dr Pete Hodkinson is a Consultant in Aviation and Space Medicine, and is the Head of Aerospace Medicine at KCL. Dr Pete Hodkinson is a retired RAF Wing Commander, and was previously based at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine. Dr Hodkinson has additional roles on the European Space Agency Medical Board, the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Medicine Group committee, and on the Royal College of Physicians Aviation and Space Medicine Speciality Advisory Committee. 


Doctor Monika Puskeppeleit

Dr Monika Puskeppeleit  has a vast array of experience in polar expeditions across the Artic and Antartica, as both an expedition doctor and as a researcher. She has also worked in Scandinavia, Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa. Her particular research interests focus on maritime and offshore medicine, polar medicine and hypothermia. She is a member of the German Society of Polar Research, the German Institute for Aero and Space Medicine, and the International Maritime Health Association. She has worked on various charity and NGO trips. In the Antarctic 2019/2020 season, she returned to Antartica on board the Norweigan MS ROALD AMUNDSEN, joining as expedition team member and scientific lecturer. 


Professor Stephen Harridge

Professor Stephen Harridge is a Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at KCL. Prof Harridge is the Director of the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences. 

Prof Harridge will be coming back to speak to our training course this year, talking to us about extreme exercise physiology and the implications for athletes in extreme environments. 


Doctor Ross Pollock

Dr Ross Pollock is a lecturer in Aerospace Physiology in the Centre of Human & Applied Physiological Sciences at KCL. He is the co-director for the KCL MSc Aerospace Medicine course, and works on the MSC Human & Applied Physiology and BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences. 


Doctor James Clark

Dr James Clark is a lecturer in Human & Applied Physiology at KCL, and is the director of the Human & Applied Physiology MSc. 
Dr Clark has worked extensively in cardiovascular research, and is the Academic Lead for Education for the School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences. As well as his research in cardiovascular sciences, Dr Clark's research spans a range of applied physiology. Dr Clark has experience in hyperbaric and dive medicine, particularly the cardiovascular implications of dive physiology. 


Doctor Russell Hearn FAWM

Dr Hearn is the Deputy Director of Community Education and the Stage 3 GP Block lead for the MBBS curriculum. He is also the programme lead for our intercalated BSc in Primary Care. He is also the module lead for Doctor as Teacher for Stage 2 medical students. Outside of KCL, Dr Hearn is a GP partner in North London and is also the Pan-London Academic GP Training Programme Director working with Health Education England. His primary research interests are in medical educations. He also has specialist interests in simulation, access to medicine, pre-hospital medicine and wilderness & expedition medicine.


Doctor Michael Conroy FAWM

Dr Conroy is a doctor working in Sussex and has completed his fellowship with the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, gaining his FAWM credentials. KCL WMS have a history of a working relationship with Dr Conroy, and he has kindly ran various workshops for us before, including pre-hospital assessment and airway manouvre workshops.