5 physician adventurers to know


Here are five physicians who are explorers and adventurers in addition to providing care.

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Gabriel Cade, MD, is an emergency medicine physician and wilderness medicine fellow at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. The Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Baystate aims to teach its fellows to administer care for a number of conditions and illnesses with limited supplies, and often in extreme environments. Dr. Cade, along with Baystate's Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program Director Benjamin Mattingly, MD, hosted a two-week Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course in Guatemala in January 2014 that taught participants how to survive and provide care in remote and austere environments.

Additionally, Dr. Cade has appeared on CBS' "Survivor: Marquesas" in 2002 where he helped treat member of his 'tribe,' according to a report by The Republican. He has also hiked the Appalachian Trail and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa at an AIDS hospice. He completed his medical degree at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, according to the report.

Mark Hosko, MD, is the founding president of Portland (Ore.) Urgent Care. He has been on a month-long solo sea-kayaking trip in Southeast Alaska and has hiked to the top of Munra Point (elevation: 1,890 feet) around 842 times, according to his website. He continues to travel to adventurous locations throughout the world, such as Africa.

Dr. Hosko earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his residency in Michigan.

Matthew Lewin, MD, PhD, FACEP, is an emergency physician practicing with Best MD House Calls, which provides same day house calls for families and businesses. He is an amateur paleontologist who has been on some of the remotest digs on Earth, according to a Discover Magazine report. He has traveled on expeditions with paleontologists, and in addition to providing medical care if necessary, he helps the team hunt for fossils.

Dr. Lewin also provides care at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., and Novato (Calif.) Community Hospital. He completed his emergency medicine residency at University of California San Francisco's trauma center in Fresno, Calif. He has served on the faculties of Stanford University and UCSF and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Michael J. Manyak, MD, is a physician specializing in urology and expedition medicine. He is a field explorer and has chaired the Expeditions Committee of The Explorers Club. He is an associate editor of The Explorers Journal. He was the field medical advisor to the International Society of Cryptozoology, which investigates unknown or recently discovered animals throughout the world. Additionally, he has led a scientific expedition to the Ndoki rain forest in the Congo Basin in a collaborative effort with the World Wildlife Fund. He is the is the lead author of a book on expedition medicine and travel safety called "Lizard Bites and Street Riots: Travel Emergencies: Your Health, Safety and Security."

Dr. Manyak is an executive director for global medical affairs for GlaxoSmithKline and a professor of urology, engineering, microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he also completed his urology resdiency. His research interests include advanced imaging for urologic cancer.

Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and founder and president of Puyallup, Wash.-based NeoSpine. He was medical director of the Ultima Thule Everest Expedition in 1984, and performed high altitude brain research on Mt. Everest. He has also performed an appendectomy procedure during an expedition to K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Additionally, he is a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Dr. Wohns is an associate clinical professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington. He was one of the first U.S. neurosurgeons qualified to perform the XLIF technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions. He has performed more than 3,000 outpatient cervical and lumbar surgeries. He has completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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