The Team

 

Matt Wilkes

Dr Matt Wilkes MSc MCEM FRCA FAWM FRGS

Director

matt@theadventuremedic.com

Matt began Adventure Medic to combine a hospital career with wilderness medicine, journalism and the great outdoors. He has worked in various guises around the world and has flown all over East Africa with AMREF Flying Doctors. Matt is mad for paragliding and is currently pursuing a PhD looking at altitude, cold and cognition.

Rowena Clark

Dr Rowena Clark MBBS FRCA

Lead Editor

rowena@theadventuremedic.com

Rowena is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Edinburgh. An avid traveller, Ro has a love of literature, music and local culture. She has worked in Australia, been a member of the AAGBI International Relations Committee and can be found at festivals all over Europe and beyond.

Ellie Heath

Dr Ellie Heath BSc MBChB DRH DFSRH DRCOG

Features Editor

ellie@theadventuremedic.com

Ellie is a GP Registrar in Scotland, who has spent time in hospitals in Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Belize, Venezuela, New Zealand and most recently, on a high altitude expedition to Bolivia. Ellie holds a Diploma in Reproductive Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. When not abroad, Ellie loves mountain biking and is about to begin training as a yoga teacher.

Savini Wijesingha

Dr Savini Wijesingha BSc MBChB FRCA Dip Mtn Med

Features Editor

sav@theadventuremedic.com

Sav is an Anaesthesia Trainee in South-East Scotland. She has been a medic on the ocean and in the jungle and has volunteered in Tanzania, Ghana, Borneo, Argentina, Thailand and the Republic of Congo. Sav holds the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and likes to dabble in kitesurfing, sailing, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and latterly, stand up paddleboarding.

Luke Summers

Dr Luke Summers MBChB MRCEM

Video Editor / AM in Australasia

luke@theadventuremedic.com

Luke is an Emergency Medicine trainee from Scotland who followed his love of the waves to the north coast of New South Wales. A surfer, skier, snowboarder and kayaker, he has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Tanzania and Iceland.

Hannah Phelan

Dr Hannah Phelan MBChB MRCP DTMH

News Editor

hannahp@theadventuremedic.com

Hannah is an Anaesthesia trainee in Scotland where she relishes any chance to head north into the mountains. She has been involved in medicine and critical care in a number of countries including Argentina, Malawi and Ecuador and is soon to combine her love of travel and anaesthetics with a post in Zambia.

Greg Cranston

Dr Greg Cranston MBBCh FRCEM FIMC

Webmaster

greg@theadventuremedic.com

Greg is a Prehospital and Emergency Medicine registrar in Severn Deanery and a dedicated mountain biker. After spending time in Nepal and New Zealand, he worked as a prehospital care doctor, first with the Welsh Ambulance Service and Wales Air Ambulance, and more recently with the Great Western Air Ambulance.

Dental

Burjor Langdana

Burjor Langdana MDS FDSRCS NZDRex IQE

Resident Expedition Dentist

expeddental@gmail.com

Burj is a Consultant Dentist at the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit and contributing author of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. He has run remote dental camps in India, worked as a VSO Dentist in Malawi and with Mobile Surgical Services in New Zealand. Burj has extensive teaching experience in the dark arts of Expedition Dentistry and has offered advice to many medics in the field.

Staff Writers

Naomi Heller

Dr Naomi Heller BSc MBChB

Staff Writer

naomih@theadventuremedic.com

Naomi is taking time out of training after her Foundation Years to travel and study with the University of Cape Town. During her undergraduate Neurosciences and MBChB degrees she developed an interest in paediatric palliative care, and intends to build her international and academic portfolio while out of training. Naomi is passionate about youth work and travel, and would consider herself a ‘professional volunteer’. When not working you can find her developing her yoga practice, learning to ride the waves or the snow.

Student Reps

Ellie Dickson

Ellie Dickson

Student Rep

ellieD@theadventuremedic.com

Ellie is a fifth year medical student at University of Edinburgh. She first became interested in remote healthcare after shadowing doctors in Northern Tanzania and would love to return there once qualified. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys climbing, running and snowboarding; spending every spare penny she has experiencing new cultures and foods around the world.

Tom Beddis

Tom Beddis BSc

Student Rep

tom@theadventuremedic.com

Tom is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh who loves all things sporty and outdoors, including an obsession with hockey. He has a keen interest in wilderness and sports medicine and when he isn’t on the hockey pitch enjoys photography, running and mountain biking.

Rebecca Trimble

Rebecca Trimble BSc

Student Rep

Rebecca is a fourth year medical student at The University of Edinburgh who loves getting out into the Scottish hills for hiking and climbing. Rebecca’s other sporting interests include hockey, skiing and sailing. Rebecca is keen to pursue a career in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine once qualified. Aside from medical school, Rebecca takes every opportunity she can to explore the farthest corners of the world and experience the diversity of medical practice.

Financial

Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor

Financial

Tom is a chartered accountant and the driving force behind online legal document firm Net Lawman, who lives for much of the year in the French Alps. His adventures have taken him skiing, kayaking and climbing all over Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.

Patron

Professor Chris Imray

Professor Chris Imray PhD FRCS FRCP

Adventure Medic Patron

Chris Imray is a Consultant Vascular and Transplant Surgeon at UHCW NHS Trust, and an academic at both Coventry University and Warwick Medical School. He has traveled the world as a climber and researcher, summiting both Cho Oyu and Everest and publishing over 130 peer reviewed papers.

Chris is a member of both the Alpine and the Climbers’ Club and sits on the Mount Everest Foundation Screening Committee. He is an acknowledged expert in cold injuries and runs the UK Frostbite Advice Service for the British Mountaineering Council.

N. Stuart Harris

Professor N. Stuart Harris MD MFA FACEP

Adventure Medic Patron

Stuart is the Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Wilderness Medicine and the Director of the MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. He is an Emergency Physician, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a National Fellow of The Explorers’ Club.

Prior to medical school, Stuart worked as Outdoor Instructor and commercial fisherman in Alaska, an English teacher in rural Japan, earned his Black belt in Shodokan Judo and was Bronze Medalist in U.S. Whitewater Open Canoe Nationals.