Our faculty is comprised of medical professionals with extensive experience in wilderness medicine. Their professional affiliations include major teaching universities, The US Army, search and rescue teams, National Ski Patrol and the Wilderness Medical Society. Many of our faculty have taught Advanced Wilderness Life Support courses since its inception and have practiced wilderness medicine as both an avocation and occupation.

The accepted protocols for the treatment of injuries and illnesses in wilderness environments that have become part of the AWLS curriculum are the result of the many years of experience of our instructors and contributors.

Contributing Faculty

Listed faculty may not lecture at every conference. A final schedule will be provided prior to each AWLS course.

David Della-Giustina, MD, FAWM

David Della-Giustina is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice-Chairman
for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of
Medicine. He is also the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director
and the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Director. His interest in Wilderness
Medicine developed as an active duty Army emergency physician with the
skills and experience needed in the deployed and combat setting. He
deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan twice as a member of US Special
Operations Command, where he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge.
He retired with over 29 years of active service and started his civilian career at
Yale, where he initiated education and training in Wilderness Medicine and
initiated the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. He is the Medical Director for
AWLS and has been a primary author and senior editor of the Advanced
Wilderness Life Support course. He also helped to develop the Basic
Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) and Wilderness Life Support (WLS) courses.
He is involved with the Wilderness Medical Society as a member of the Board
of Directors and Education Council Chair.

Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PhD

Dr. Ingebretsen is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Science at the University of Utah and is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He also teaches at the School of Medicine where he is a clinical instructor of medicine. He is the director of the wilderness medicine program at the School of Medicine and is the medical director of Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. He founded Wilderness Medicine of Utah to teach backcountry medicine and is owner of River Bound Adventures an educational river trip company. He graduated with an MD degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and also earned his masters and PhD degrees from the departments of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in emergency medicine.

Ian Wedmore, MD

Dr Wedmore is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also holds the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine as well as the International Diploma of Mountain Medicine. He is the fellowship director of The US Army Austere and Wilderness Medicine Program as well as the director of the US Army Diploma of Mountain Medicine Program both located at Joint Base Lewis McCord Washington. He is core faculty of the US Army Emergency Medicine program in Tacoma WA. He is an Assistant Professor of USUHS and adjunct clinical instructor at Georgia Regents University and University of Washington. He started climbing at age 14 and has completed rock, ice, alpine and high altitude climbs throughout the World. He teaches wilderness medicine internationally, is a peer reviewer for 4 medical journals and has authored or coauthored over 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters. His medical interests also include: Altitude medicine, Austere medicine, Military Medicine and Tactical Combat Casualty care.

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