Who We Are

MASWMC would not be possible without the planning efforts of the conference committee, WDMS leadership, and the amazing faculty mentors at Thomas Jefferson University

Christina Stuart, MS2 — 2018 Conference Director

Born in the Rockies and raised on the coast of Maine, Christina’s adventurous spirit was cultivated early with family climbing, backpacking and camping trips starting at just 3 months old. As a graduate of Villanova University, it was the natural choice to begin her medical training here in Philadelphia where she pursues her research interests in trauma and acute injury. A newfound passion for medical student education has led her to become involved in the leadership of several programs surrounding physician-student mentorship, peer education and curriculum advisory. Serving as the student director for the Mid-Atlantic Student Wilderness Medicine Conference is a great way for her to combine these new-found interests with her first love: the outdoors.

Nicholas Lim, MS2 — Marketing Chair

Nick was born in Singapore, but raised in Portland, Oregon where he quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and occasionally dabbles in mountaineering. His current goal is to climb every 10,000 foot peak in the Cascade Range before graduation. He majored in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Jefferson for medical school. He's excited to bring more of the outdoors to Jefferson, and integrate his interest in medicine with his love for nature and thirst for adventure.

Nora Hajnoczky, MS2 —Education Chair

Nora was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She attended Dickinson College, graduated in 2012, and spent the next four years working and traveling in exotic lands. At SKMC, Nora is involved in JeffDesign, Integrative Medicine club, and is now helping to plan the Wilderness Medicine Conference in 2018. Outside of medicine, she spends most of her free time running, participating in road races and triathlons, playing tennis, and exploring all of the unique waterfalls within a two-hour drive from Philly. Nora hopes that with the Wilderness Medicine Conference she can encourage others to be more passionate about nature and to help fellow students become comfortable with providing medical aid in areas that have limited supplies. She hopes that she can bring her passion for athletics and medicine together and with the help of others, one day participate in MedWar Challenges

Kailey Tindle, MS2 — Publicity Chair

Kailey is from Los Angeles, California. She attended Bucknell University where she majored in neuroscience. After college she worked in the emergency department at Loma Linda University Medical Center. At Jefferson she does research in health and design and interviews prospective students. In her spare time she loves to bake, cuddle with her kitten, watch baseball, and run. She is so excited to meet other students who are interested in disaster medicine and to learn more skills for doing medicine outside of the hospital!

Adeeba Ghias, MS1 — Sponsorship Chair

Adeeba was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. As a daughter of Indian immigrants, she rapidly developed a keen interest in travel and exploring places off the beaten path. She enjoys cooking, rock climbing (or any outdoor activity!), historical fiction, humanitarian work, and large family gatherings. Adeeba graduated from Drexel University in March 2017 where she pursued a Biology major and Public Health minor. During her time there, she traveled to China to work and travel for 6 months, and then traveled to work at a rural clinic in Nepal just after graduation. As a student pursuing the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program, Adeeba hopes to combine her interests in military medicine with survival/wilderness/disaster medicine. She is very excited to learn new skills at the 2018 conference that can be applied in future practice to unique situations, and to meet like-minded people from across the country!

Christopher Neely, MS1 - Marketing and Publicity Committee

Chris grew up in the Lehigh Valley, PA, where a good Appalachian Trail hike was never too far away. He attended Villanova University, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Interested in Emergency Medicine as well as healthcare innovation and design, Chris is excited to combine his passion for medicine with his love for the outdoors. Besides outdoor adventuring, his hobbies include playing music (mostly guitar), drawing and painting, and running.

Micaela Collins, MS3 — Programming Chair

Micaela is originally from Toronto, Canada, and came south for medical school after completing her BMSc at the University of Western Ontario, and her MPH at the University of Toronto. In addition to being the Vice President of Disaster Medicine for Jefferson's WDMS, she is the VP and cofounder of the Jefferson boxing club, team lead for the student Hospital Emergency Response Team, and part of the JeffDESIGN program. She is interested in global health, disaster preparedness/response, and applying design thinking to healthcare. When she's not in the hospital or the library, you'll find Micaela running, boxing, exploring Philly, cooking, or plotting her next international adventure. She can't pick just one thing about the conference to be excited about (it's all too much fun!), but is especially looking forward to planning a fun social hour.

Elizabeth Davis, MS3 — Logistics Chair

Elizabeth, a third year medical student at SKMC, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her interest in the outdoors stemmed from her involvement in sports and annual family vacations to national parks. Elizabeth attended Georgetown University where she majored in Neurobiology. While at Georgetown, she also swam on the varsity swim team and volunteered as an EMT for Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service. At SKMC, Elizabeth is involved in the Jefferson Emergency Medicine Society, the Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Society and JeffHOPE. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking and anything that involves dogs. At the 2018 MASWM Conference, Elizabeth is most excited for the skills sessions and the opportunity to meet students from other schools.

Nate Oz, MS4 — 2016 Conference Director

Nate grew up in a town of 900 people in the northern woods of Maine. Spending his childhood year-round in these mountains, he hiked, climbed, and camped throughout the region. His interest and passion for the wilderness was further refined during his time as a Boy Scout and along his path to attaining Eagle Scout. Later in life, working as an EMT and traveling several times to post-earthquake Haiti, he became interested in disaster preparedness and medicine. He has completed wilderness EMT and Advanced Wilderness Life Support training through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School. In addition, as a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, He has completed over 90 credit hours toward his FAWM. He hopes to incorporate wilderness and disaster medicine into a future career as an emergency medicine physician.

Nate was also the conference director for the 4th MASWMC in 2016.

Kat Lettang, MS3 — WDMS President

Kat's love for the outdoors began at the age of three when her parents took her camping in Yellowstone National Park to admire the herds of wild bison. Since then, she is rarely able to go a week without going on a hike, rock climbing, camping, or solo-backpacking. Though she trained at Oberlin Conservatory for classical trombone, her interest in austere medicine began abroad when she responded to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Since then she has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to implement grant-funded development projects and chase a summit or two. Katrina is honored to serve as this year's Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Society president.

Dr. Lara Phillips - Faculty Advisor

Dr. Lara Phillips is on faculty at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she works as an emergency medicine physician. She is the faculty advisor of the Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Interest Group at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at TJU. Last year, she completed a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. During this fellowship, she worked at Health Aid Posts in the Annapurna Mountains through the Himalayan Rescue Association and continued to volunteer with relief efforts in Kathmandu after the Nepal earthquake in spring 2015. She has also worked in rural Dillingham, Alaska through the Indian Health Service and in Guyana at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. She has a passion for teaching and service to the underserved in rural areas. She continues to pursue an academic career by combining patient care and teaching in traditional and non-traditional emergency medicine settings. In her free time, Lara enjoys running, mud races, any type of water activity, and traveling.