MASWMC 2018 Speakers

Lara Phillips MD

Dr. 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.

Eric Bowman, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Dr. Bowman (pictured here with Lara Phillips holding some live reptiles) is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, York, Pa. Wilderness Medicine certifications include: Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM); Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member; certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) and Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC); active member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP).

Outdoor interests include downhill and backcountry skiing, camping, backpacking, white water rafting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and survival skills. SCUBA certifications (PADI) include Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator and Master SCUBA Diver.

Marc Cassone, DO, W-EMT, FAWM

Dr. Cassone is an emergency medicine resident at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Marc is a native of the Adirondacks and when not back home skiing/hiking in the High Peaks, he loves still guiding outdoor trips between shifts and planning his next big adventure. As a guide, he has led multi-day trekking and bike-touring trips across the US, Peru, Pyrenees, Alps, Kilimanjaro and Morocco and worked on mission trips in Tanzania, Haiti, the Amazon, and the Navajo Reservation. He had a great time as Co-Director of the 2014 MASWMC and is looking forward to getting involved with the 2018 Conference giving a talk on "Hydration in Outdoor Sports and Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia". As the former Student Representative to the WMS he's passionate about teaching wilderness medicine to medical students and discussing all the great opportunities/education available to students!

David S. Lambert, MD, FACEP

Dr. Lambert is an Emergency Medicine physician and the Medical Director of ED Observation Unit for Hyperbaric Medicine and Medical Command Physician for the PennStar Flight Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After graduating medical school, Dr. Lambert went on to a General Surgery Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Once he became a US Navy Flight Surgeon, he served on the USS George Washington in the Mediterranean/Persian Gulf Operation Southern Watch 1999-2001. From 2002-2004, Dr. Lambert completed two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to being trained as a surgeon, he went on to complete an Emergency Medicine Residency and a Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine Fellowship. He is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who has gone on several dive expeditions including the Kizilburun Shipwreck in the Aegean Sea, Turkey and the Godavaya Shipwreck, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka.

Deena Wasserman MD

Dr. Wasserman went to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a PGY-2 in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital. During her fourth year of med school on a complete whim she did a month long wilderness medicine elective with the WMS in Virginia, and with that she was hooked on wildmed. Not being the super outdoorsy type, her main interests lie in so-called "urban wilderness medicine" -- mass casualty, tactical medicine, and how the principles of wilderness medicine can apply to the every day practice of emergency medicine. She is currently a FAWM candidate, and grateful to be a returning speaker for the Mid-Atlantic conference.

Nathaniel Mann MD

Dr. Mann is an emergency medicine physician and a second year fellow of wilderness and environmental medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He completed his medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, and finished his residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. As a resident he worked as a member of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team in the Red River Gorge in central Kentucky, a SWAT Physician for the Cincinnati Police Department, and as a flight physician with AirCare MobileCare. He has completed the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, and is a FAWM candidate. Dr. Mann has spent significant time abroad working in medical and service capacities, most recently completed three months in the Himalaya with the Himalayan Rescue Association. His research interests revolve around high altitude pathology and climbing injuries, and his clinical focuses center on medical editing, authorship, and education. His hobbies include climbing anything made out of rock, snow, dirt, or ice; biking; snowboarding; and adventuring with his wife and two dogs. He will be teaching skills relating to fire building and emergency shelter construction.

Mark Robidoux MD

Dr. Robidoux is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and the Cooper University Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency. He is a native of Pennsylvania and is still seeking out whatever wild areas Pennsylvania has left. He worked as a wildland firefighter for two summers during college, working fires in nine different states across the Western US. He is certified in AWLS. Mark recently completed a fellowship in Ultrasound at Hennepin County Medical Center where one of his projects involved teaching ultrasound to flight crews on an air ambulance service. His interests includes the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in austere and resource-limited environments.

Matthew Riscinti MD

Dr. Riscinti is co-founder of The POCUS Atlas (, a crowdsourced Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) education website and an Emergency Medicine Resident at Kings County/SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. He believes in free open access medical education, the POCUS revolution, and application of POCUS internationally and in austere settings. Outside of the emergency room, he spends his time rock climbing, backcountry snowboarding and traveling throughout the world with camera in hand. Contact him via

Amit Padaki MD

Dr. Padaki is an emergency physician with the Christiana Care Health System, and an assistant professor of EM with Thomas Jefferson University. Amit completed his residency in EM at Vanderbilt University, and later completed a fellowship in extreme environmental medicine at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Amit is certified as a NOAA dive medical officer and a FEMA search-and-rescue medical specialist. He holds additional training in hyperbaric chamber operation, aviation medical examination, and space medicine. He has completed AWLS, is an active FAWM candidate, and has worked internationally in rural South India. His research interests include leadership development, medical preparedness in space, and in-flight medical emergencies. His other interests include endurance exercise, international travel, and being overly committed to Philadelphia sports.

Katie O’Leary, MD, MS, FAWM

Dr. O'Leary is an emergency medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University. Katie was first introduced to the world of wilderness medicine in 2013 through Cornell’s WM course, and was excited to return as an instructor in subsequent years. She has worked in the Copper Canyons of Mexico to provide medical care to the Tarahumara, a tribe known for their ability to run long distances, and also enjoyed spending several weeks in Nepal researching the effects of altitude along the Everest Trekking Route. An active member of the WMS, Katie has previously served as an editor for Wilderness Medicine Magazine. As an undergrad, she volunteered as a hiking guide for COE and co-lead Cornell’s first official climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In her free time, she enjoys triathlon training, long-distance running, martial arts, violin, and hiking.

Elisabeth Edelstein MD

Dr. Edelstein is Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for Emergency Medicine and Co-director with Dr. Lara Phillips of Wilderness Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. She was the faculty sponsor for the inaugural MASWM in 2010, and subsequent conferences in 2012 and 2014.  A Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member since 2007, Liz has been a WMS Board Member since 2013. Liz discovered during her residency at New York Presbyterian how to “join your passion with your profession,” when she was an instructor for the inaugural Cornell Wilderness Medicine Elective for medical students. Liz currently serves as co-director for the WMS medical student electives in Roanoke, VA and Breckenridge, CO. In precious free time, Liz explores new terrain and visits old favorites in running shoes, usually accompanied by 1-2 dogs, hiking, backpacking, skiing, taking any opportunities to be in the water and to watch the sun rise.

Terez Malka MD

Dr. Malka is completing her wilderness medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is dual-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and works in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine. Next year she will join the University of Colorado Division of Wilderness Medicine while working at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado. Terez also works with nonprofit First Descents, which provides outdoor programming for young adults with cancer. Her interests include special populations in austere settings, global disaster response, and expedition medicine.

Linda Sanders MD

Dr. Sanders is an Emergency Medicine physician at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She trained in Emergency Medicine at Temple. She then completed a Wilderness Medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia this past year during which she finished coursework in Swiftwater rescue, Avalanche rescue, Search and rescue, and served as a race doctor at several domestic and international multi stage ultra-marathons. Linda also has proctored and planned the Southeastern Medwars. Since completing her fellowship year, she has been involved in Altitude research with her friends at Stanford and is working on an ACEP sponsored Race Medicine Podcast series to be published in the Spring.

Rachael Slivka MD FACEP

Dr. Slivka is an emergency medicine physician, currently living in Washington, DC. She completed medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine (excited to be back in Philly!!), and did her residency at New York Hospital/Presbyterian Queens, where she participated in wilderness activities with Cornell/NY Presbyterian. She went on to do a fellowship in Extreme Environmental Medicine at George Washington University in DC.

Rachael is certified as a NOAA/UHMS Dive Medical Examiner. She has also received training in hyperbaric medicine, aviation medical examination and space medicine. She is trained as a FEMA urban search and rescue medical team specialist. She practiced for years as a volunteer EMT, and also received additional training in wilderness medicine for practitioners. She enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, Scuba diving and cross country skiing.

Melanie Kay Sion, MD

Dr. Sion is a chief surgical resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose professional focus has been dedicated to international medical work.

While pursuing her medical degree from Georgetown University, Dr. Sion provided medical relief and surgery to remote areas, completing international rotations in Sudan, Haiti, Lebanon, and Costa Rica. She spent her final six weeks of medical school at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, working with the Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. Upon graduation she received an award for her dedication to international service and recognition as a unique individual in the 2010 graduate school ranking edition of US News & World Report. Prior to medical school Dr. Sion worked in a number of capacities in the non-profit sector traveling, working and learning about global health and international development.

Chris Mulholland DO

Dr. Mulholland is a PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident at Rowan University. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also completed an Undergraduate Fellowship in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Some of his favorite activities are snowboarding, fishing, sport climbing/bouldering, camping and hiking anywhere with a view.

Charles Parker, 2LT, MS, MS4

2LT Charles “Chuck” Parker is a 4th-year medical student at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) who will begin his residency in emergency medicine at Medical College of Georgia Augusta this coming year. Before medical school, 2LT Parker served in both 20th and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, where he both practiced and taught TCCC during his three deployments. In his spare time, Chuck enjoys trail running, mountain biking, powerlifting, and spending time with his wife Jessica and their two children.

Evan Baines, 2LT, MS, MS4

2LT Evan M. Baines is a 4th year medical student at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) who will begin his residency in Emergency Medicine at Georgia Regents University in Augusta this coming year. Prior to attending medical school, he served as a detachment medical sergeant in 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006. During that deployment then SGT-Baines gained personal experience with TCCC, and also trained a platoon of Iraqi special operations soldiers in these skills. 2LT Baines has also served as an instructor for the Montgomery County, MD police department’s SWAT team in TCCC skills. In his spare time, 2LT Baines enjoys photography, running, and spending time with his wife Amanda.

Douglas Sward, MD FAWM, FACEP, FAAEM

Dr. Sward is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 2009. He is currently an Emergency Physician at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland. He also practices Hyperbaric and Dive Medicine at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Department of Hyperbaric Medicine. He is a DMAC Medical Examiner of Divers and the Faculty Advisor for the Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Since 2010, Dr. Sward has been the Medical Advisor for Maryland Search and Rescue, which is a team within the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference. In 2010, he also completed the Wilderness Medical Society Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine program. Wilderness medicine interests include dive medicine, altitude medicine, frostbite, hypothermia, hyperthermia, ultrasound and all manner of improvised wilderness care. Personal interests include rock and ice climbing, skiing, diving, mountain biking, kayaking, triathlons and any opportunity to get off the grid. He also has prior experience as a paramedic and firefighter at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad. He will be leading a Search and Rescue workshop at the 2016 MASWM Conference.

Edward Jasper MD

Dr. Jasper is an Associate Professor and Emergency Medicine physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) and is co-chair of the Hospital Emergency Management Committee. He chairs the hospital exercise subcommittee for the SE Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Taskforce and coordinates a large annual regional full-scale exercise in the region.

Dr. Jasper has published in the field of disaster preparedness, and his current interest is disaster preparedness curriculum development. Specifically, he is working on developing an interprofessional curriculum involving medical students, nursing students and other healthcare students. Dr. Jasper serves as the lead for disaster preparedness simulation training at the Jefferson educational facility located in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, which features state of the art simulation training. This training includes participation in one of the largest recurring hospital disaster preparedness exercises in the country. He recently was instrumental in securing funding as one of eight designated Ebola treatment facilities in Pennsylvania.

Mark Silverberg, MD FACEP

Dr. Silverberg is Associate Professor and the Associate Residency Director of the SUNY Downstate/Kings County hospital Emergency Medicine residency program. Being a Brooklyn resident for the last 20 years has not slowed him down as an avid technical diver and underwater photographer. By melding his two major interests of Emergency Medicine education and scuba diving, it comes as no shock that he has exceptional lectures on the topics of Marine Envenomations and Hyperbarric Medicine.

Hillary Irons, MD, PhD

Dr. Irons attended undergraduate at Georgia Tech majoring in Molecular biology. She completed her MD at the Medical College of Georgia and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology / Emory University where she focused on tissue engineering for traumatic brain injury. Hillary completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, during which she served as chief resident, established a Wilderness Committee, began fulfilling requirements for FAWM certification (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine), and taught AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support). Hillary Irons is currently a Wilderness Medicine Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. For the past 12 years she has been planning MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) events, which are team-based adventure races with various physical challenges and simulated wilderness medical scenarios designed to teach and test wilderness medicine knowledge and skills. During medical school, she spent 5 weeks near Mt. Everest in Nepal on a research project investigating the use of ibuprofen for prevention of acute altitude illness. During her fellowship, she will return to Nepal to work at the Himalayan Rescue Association and conduct further research. Her current areas of research interest include management of states of increased intracranial pressure, particularly those associated with high altitude illness and acute head trauma. In addition to adventure racing and cycling, Hillary enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, yoga, and collecting stamps on her passport.