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.

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.

Jessica Duke, MD

Jessica Duke is a board certified Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine Fellowship trained physician. She completed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, serving as Chief Resident during her final year of residency. After residency, she stayed at Yale as the first Wilderness Medicine Fellow, working around the world with organizations such as National Geographic, AdventureMed, and the 4 Deserts race series. She now lives on the Big Island in Hawaii after finishing her time at Yale as the Associate Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. She is an instructor of Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), author and editor of the Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) course, certified in swiftwater rescue, and a master diver. She has earned her Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. She is particularly interested in medical education, expedition medicine, sports medicine, dive medicine, and medicine in low-resource settings.

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