47 Minutes in Hell & Heaven

The Setting On a recent trip to the great state of Colorado, I had the opportunity to get outside every day in pretty spectacular settings. Walking, running, hiking and skiing (and occasionally falling on my ass) in the slightly less oxygenated mountains of CO proved to be exactly what this doctor ordered. Superlatives came in the hundreds…

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Prescription for Death

He was one of my closest friends growing up. He was super smart, fun and funny, insanely talented musically, very friendly and generous. He opened my ears to beautiful music I’d never heard, my eyes to books I’d never considered reading, and my mind to travel and exploring things beyond my backyard. We spent years…

“Marriage is the Rainbow that Follows the Rain”

#IDo Five years ago I had the honor of attending this fabulous Drive-Thru double wedding in Vegas. The Vegas Drive-Thru Chapel’s Reverend Lady started the ceremony with that line, “Marriage is the rainbow that follows the rain.” This wedding took place inside of a limo…at midnight on a Saturday…in Vegas. At the time I had to…

Whatever Happened to that NYC Doctor who Got Ebola?

Emergency Medicine residency training, an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and years of practicing medicine in Africa prior to the fall of 2014 prepared long-time Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member Dr. Craig Spencer, to be part of the international emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. While we watched the epidemic…

Out of Africa

If it wasn’t there before, the past two weeks have brought Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the world’s center stage. Index cases from outside of West Africa occurred in Spain and the US. There is now transmission of disease outside of West Africa in exposed Healthcare Workers (HCW).

Smart People On the Ground in West Africa

I recently returned from our annual Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) summer meeting, where I spent some quality time with some Mega-Smart people. This year we joined forces with the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM) in Jackson Hole, WY, hosting over 500 attendees for five high-value content days learning about everything from advances in Frostbite Management to The Border…