Important Announcement

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine started a world movement for medics working in remote and austere locations. We remain at the forefront in all we do and that's why we are changing our name to 'World Extreme Medicine'. It reflects a change in how we as a worldwide community of medics respond to emergencies and an ever widening range of opportunities for adventurous medics... Where man goes, medicine must follow.

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Meet the Team

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Dr Alex Rowe is WEM's Medical Director and clinical lead for the MSc in Extreme Medicine delivered in colloboration with the University of Exeter.

Alex qualified as a doctor in 1994 and is now a GP in South Devon. Before general practice he worked in anaesthetics and emergency medicine.

He started rock climbing and mountaineering as a teenager and since then has travelled extensively to Iceland, North America, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has worked as medic on many overseas trips for charity challenges, including summiting Kilimanjaro three times.

Alex is a helmsman and navigator on the RNLI Torbay Lifeboats and has experience in search and rescue, communications and performing pre hospital medicine in austere environments. The lifeboat work was a progression from his background in offshore sailing.

Alex enjoys using his spare time walking, mountaineering, back country skiing and trekking, mountain biking and open water swimming.

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David Weil World Extreme Medicine Commercial & Strategy Partner

Professional title:

Conference Co-Founder | Across the Divide Partner | World Extreme Medicine Commercial & Strategy Partner | Co-Founder of Extreme Medicine Conference

Companies, Organisations & Non-Profits:

Trustee Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (retired) | Founding Trustee Saturday Club Trust – Somerset House | Keeper of the Quaich | Founder FranceVietNam Initiative Non-Profit (early 2017)

In addition to David’s interests as co-founder and partner in the above companies, he is also a Hong Kong based entrepreneur who invests in the UK and abroad; he is involved in retail, property development, manufacturing, warehouse distribution, mentoring, apprentice programmes and while under his watchful eye helped drive a business that resulted in it being honoured in 2010 with two prestigious ‘Queen’s Awards for Enterprise’ (Innovation and International Trade) – David helps raise the profile of British companies by providing strategic know-how, finance and back office support

He was the first foreign and private-sector trustee in the esteemed Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and he is also a trustee in The Saturday Club Trust – an inspiring and newly formed national organisation that oversees the provision of programmes that link children ages 14–16 with tutors and students at universities and colleges, and with professionals in their field of expertise so as to complement the national curriculum and develop young people’s talents, life skills and confidence.

David is passionate about his interests in Across the Divide by ensuring Across the Divide continues to help facilitate much needed funds for charity year on year where it is currently standing at having raised nearly £90m since inception.

Across the Divide was the first commercial organisation in the UK to employ doctors, provide comprehensive CME certified training, and to standardise medical kits deployed on all of its events and expedition and significantly lifted the standards of medical care provided by the adventure travel market.

Most recently, he co-founded the ‘Extreme Medicine’ Conference series. Developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, this ground-breaking conference series has been held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.

Since 1988, David has been an active investor and entrepreneur in Viet Nam and The Philippines where he was a pioneer in developing various categories of industry in the luxury goods industry and commercial property development.

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Eoin Walker Paramedicine Trauma Lead

Eoin Walker is a Pre-Hospital Mass Causality Incident Management Paramedic

He has worked for World Extreme Medicine for 4 years both domestically and internationally teaching on pre-hospital trauma and expedition skills. He has undertaken various global expeditions as an expedition medic. He also works as part of the Mobile Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT). After responding to the 7/7 bombings in London he works internationally teaching Pre-Hospital Mass Causality Incident Management.

He has progressed through his BSc and MSc in Critical Care and works for UKmed on behalf of WHO. Eoin is currently working as an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner for London Ambulance Service in East London.

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John Apps Polar Medicine Course Director New Zealand

John is UK trained GP, with extensive pre-hospital emergency care experienc and heads up our Polar Medicine course in New Zealand, who upgraded to New Zealand 6 years ago, where he has been happily experimenting with self sufficiency on the West Coast of the South Island. He initially worked in rural general practice before transferring to Emergency Medicine at Greymouth.

He has worked eight seasons with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) in Antarctica, plus five Himalayan tours, been the chief MO on the Everest and North Pole marathons, as well as serving with the military in Afghanistan. Last century, he blazed mountain bike routes across Iceland before mountain bikes were invented, was arrested several times in Europe for climbing buildings and worked for a bush air ambulance service on the Labrador coast.

Read the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners magazine feature on his career...

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Mark Hannaford FRGS FRSA Managing Director

Mark is the founding director of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Mark has been involved with expeditions for over 30 years and has led and organised expeditions to all of the world's continents, both in desert  and marine environments but also in both polar regions, at altitude and in the world's most remote corners.  Mark is also an award winning photographer with images regularly published in the Sunday Times and Telegraph and National Geographic.

Across the Divide was the first commercial expedition organisation to take salaried medical professionals on all of its expeditions and events which resulted in the founding of World Extreme Medicine.

Mark is the founding director of the World Extreme Medicine Conference a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working. The gathering is dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s medical professionals, willing to risk themselves to help others. The conference aims stimulates new thinking, extends professional relationships and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in challenging environments.   The World Extreme Medicine Conference is organised as ‘Not for Profit’ activity by WEM.

He also founded, in a cooperation with Exeter University Medical School the world's first MSc programme in Extreme Medicine.  The programme’s hallmarks are the practical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to perform at the highest possible level in the field of extreme medicine. Key features are the residential locations of the courses across the UK, and environment specific modules located in mountain, jungle, desert and polar regions. This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.

Though the activites of Across the Divide Mark is proud to have helped in the facilaition of raising over £92 million for varoius charities.

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Martin Rhodes Mountain Medicine Course Director & Expedition Medicine Lecturer

"Doc Martin” recently returned from a trek in Peru where none of the clients could be convinced that he was really a doctor. Others are uncertain whether this is a compliment or not, but he continues to take it as one!

On the basis that to have a career means to rush along in a uncontrolled fashion, his career has included studying law at a minor English university, working as joiner, a language teacher, and for the Foreign Office in Latin America, and (honestly!) training in Paediatrics, A&E and General Practice in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire.

He is happiest running up and skiing down mountains, and sitting in tents in the Antarctic being brought cups of tea by Ben Cooper, with whom he is joined at the hip, having worked together in the UK as doctor and Deputy Team Leader of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, and on numerous Polar and Alpine expeditions . He hasn’t had a real job for years, but is Chief Medical Officer for Poles Apart and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions, and runs an outdoor activities and gîte business in the French Pyrenees.

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Roger Alcock Expedition Medicine Course Director & Lecturer

Dr Roger Alcock MBChB, BSc(Hons), MRCP, DCH, FCEM. 
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine,
Roger is a Scottish Patient Safety Programme Fellow who trained in the UK, New Zealand and Sweden. He has previously worked for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. (HEMS).  He instructs both civilian and military candidates in Advanced Trauma and Paediatric Life Support in the UK and overseas.  He is an Educational Coordinator for Emergency Medicine at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors.
In 2012 and 2013 he trained and mentored clinicians in the first Malawian Emergency Department as part of a bilateral governmental aid programme.
Working in collaboration with the World Health Organisation in Jordan and Erbil he helped to run the first multi-disciplinary and multi-agency Chemical Exposure and Trauma Care simulation training in Kurdistan.
Medicine in austere environments is his passion and he has extensive expedition and ultramarathon experience throughout Europe including Arctic Norway, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America.  He regularly teaches on Expedition and Wilderness Medicine courses in the UK and abroad.
In response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, in November 2014 he helped lead an NHS team within the first cohort of volunteers deployed by the UK Government.  
He lives with his wife Chrissy in Edinburgh where he combines city centre living with his love of the outdoors – cycling, hill walking and long distance running.
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Sean Hudson MBE Medical Projects Adviser

Sean is a former Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was the first person in the UK to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been involved in a wide variety of expeditions over the last 20 years. During this time he has trekked across the Darien Gap and the Thar Desert; worked as a trekking guide and Chief Medic for Raleigh International in Namibia and Zimbabwe; a trauma medic in Columbia; a ski field doctor in New Zealand and spent a season in the Antarctica for ALE.

In 2004 he became a medical consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and works throughout the Middle East. Since 1998 he has worked for Across the Divide Expeditions as medic and expedition medicine advisor, providing medical cover on expeditions in 21 different countries. In 2002, he co-founded Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, which seeks to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals working as expedition medical officers in a variety extreme and remote environments.

In 2017 Sean was awarded an MBE as Co-founder World Extreme Medicine and Medical Lead, UKMed, Cumbria. For services to Providing Medical Aid and Education.


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