Expedition Medicine Manual

A comprehensive pocket guide to expedition medicine, with practical advice for use in remote environments, and links and references to further information.

Professor Chris Imray (chair)

Chris is a Consultant Vascular and Renal Transplant Surgeon at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Chris’ interest in altitude research began in 1988, when he joined the Birmingham Medical Research and Expeditionary Society. He has managed to combine his clinical and climbing interests by studying cerebral perfusion under hypoxic conditions. He is one of the foremost experts on frostbite and has an interest in acute mountain sickness in adolescents. A member of the Alpine Club and a Faculty Member of UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine,, his quest is to complete the Seven Summits which he started 30 years ago and heads to Antarctica to attempt his Mount Vinson in January 2019.

Dr Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson currently works at Public Health England as Head of the National TB Programme Office leading the implementation of the Collaborative TB Strategy for England, 2015-2020. She undertakes research in Tuberculosis, Infectious Diseases and Public Health.

Dr Jon Dallimore

Jon is one of the Directors of the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Jon is a medical consultant to four British expedition companies and gives medical briefings to hundreds of World Challenge expedition leaders each year. He is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, and has been teaching on expedition medicine courses for healthcare professionals since 1991.

James Moore

As the Director of The Exeter Travel Clinic and Travel Health Consultancy, a specialist centre in the provision of expedition medicine training for both healthcare professionals and non-medics, James is a specialist in travel and expedition medicine. He also developed and directs the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

Dr Claire Grogan

Claire is a medical doctor with a passion for expedition and remote medicine. She has provided medical support for expeditions in jungle, desert and mountainous environments across the world. Claire was the lead medic for the BBC documentary 'Highest Classroom on Earth” and has also worked with British Exploring' Project New Horizons in Iceland.

Dr Lucy Obolensky

Lucy is a GP Trainee and A&E staff grade in the south-west with five years’ experience as an orthopaedic registrar. Lucy specialises in remote medicine and trauma in Kenya where she set up her first clinic in 1997. She maintains an active interest in wilderness medicine and enjoys working with challenging groups including disabled and adolescents.

Dr Brett Rocos

Dr Brett Rocos is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon working in many trauma units and is a teacher and author of various publications.  He has been linked to the forces and is currently delivering a teaching session with the Parachute Regiment on the management of ankle injuries.

Dr Tania John

Tania is a sessional GP and International Medical Adviser to NGOs working through volunteers in developing countries. Tania has worked in Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Occupational Health and International Medical Assistance in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Uganda and Russia, developing particular experience in the care of expatriates, business travellers and tourists. Tania's roles have also included being an Expedition Doctor on projects in Africa, Asia and South America, and a lecturer in Family and Community Medicine at Makerere University in Uganda.

Dr Sundeep Dhillon

Sundeep holds degrees in medicine and physiology from the University of Oxford and has a passion for health and physical activity. He spent 20 years in the British Army working with Airborne Forces, ensuring they remained in peak physical and psychological form for short notice deployments. He was awarded an MBE for services to military medicine in 2008. In 1998 he became the youngest person in the world to climb the highest mountain on each continent - The Seven Summits.  He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE Medicine), University College London. His main interests are human biology at extremes, including altitude, heat and cold.

Rob Conway

Rob has been part of a number of expeditions for example SCUBA diving in the waters of Eastern Africa and the islands and shoals of the Western Indian Ocean. Rob is currently acting as chair of Blue Ventures Conservation, an award winning charity working to increase the awareness of threatened coral reefs (www.blueventures.org).  He teaches on expedition medicine courses.

Matt Wilkes

Matt began Adventure Medic to combine a hospital career with remote medicine and the great outdoors. His clinical interests are the provision of healthcare in the remote setting, wilderness medicine and anaesthesia and altitude physiology. He has worked in various guises around the world, mostly in the high mountains, and has flown all over East Africa with AMREF Flying Doctors.

Upcoming courses and workshops

Expedition & wilderness medicine: an introduction

A workshop for health care professionals who wish to practice expedition or wilderness medicine. Open to all medical professionals, doctors, nurses and early career wilderness medics.

BS 8848 Compliance workshop

British Standard 8848 specifies operational requirements for providers of overseas ventures. This workshop will assist those using the standard to benchmark existing safety management systems within their own organisations.

Educational visits coordinator training

A full day workshop that supports Educational Visits Coordinators (EVCs) in their roles by covering the legal and practical procedures required of their position.

EVC update workshop- December

This course gives EVCs at all schools the opportunity to look into current material in more depth and share good practice with other EVCs.