Our Faculty

AdventureMed is led by a group of motivated outdoor enthusiasts who believe that quality first response care is critical for community safety, and should be available to anyone regardless of environment or background.

AdventureMed’s faculty is comprised of medical professionals with extensive experience in wilderness medicine. The majority of our faculty and staff have extensively taught Advanced Wilderness Life Support courses, and have practiced wilderness medicine as both an avocation and occupation. We prioritize in-field experience, and continued hands-on experience and education for our staff.

Their professional affiliations include: major teaching universities, The U.S. Army, search and rescue teams, National Ski Patrol, and the Wilderness Medical Society. Many of our faculty have taught our courses since its inception, and have practiced wilderness medicine as both an avocation and occupation.

Our experienced instructors and collaborators have contributed to many of the currently accepted protocols for the treatment of injuries and illnesses in wildnerness environments.


Contributing Faculty

Listed faculty may not lecture at every conference. A final schedule will be provided prior to each course.

David Della-Giustina, MD, FAWM

David Della-Giustina is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Director. His interest in Wilderness Medicine developed as an active duty Army emergency physician with the skills and experience needed in the deployed and combat setting. He deployed to both Iraq Afghanistan twice as a member of U.S. Special Operations Command, where he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge. He retired with over 29 years of active service and started his civilian career at Yale, where he initiated education and training in Wilderness Medicine and initiated the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. He is the Medical Director for Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), and has been a primary author and senior editor of the AWLS course. He also helped to develop the Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) and Wilderness Life Support (WLS) courses. He is involved with the Wilderness Medical Society as a member of the Board of Directors and Education Council Chair.

Ian Wedmore, MD

Dr. Wedmore is board certified in Emergency Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also holds the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM), as well as the International Diploma of Mountain Medicine. He is the fellowship director of The U.S. Army Austere and Wilderness Medicine Program, as well as the director of the U.S. Army Diploma of Mountain Medicine Program, both located at Joint Base Lewis McCord in Washington. He is core faculty of the U.S. Army Emergency Medicine program in Tacoma, WA. He is an Assistant Professor of USUHS and adjunct clinical instructor at Georgia Regents University and University of Washington. He started climbing at age 14, and has completed rock, ice, alpine and high altitude climbs throughout the world. He teaches wilderness medicine internationally, is a peer reviewer for four medical journals, and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters. His medical interests also include: Altitude medicine, Austere medicine, Military Medicine and Tactical Combat Casualty care.

Jessica Duke, MD

Jessica Duke is a board certified Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine Fellowship-trained physician. She completed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, serving as Chief Resident during her final year of residency. After residency, she stayed at Yale as the first Wilderness Medicine Fellow, working around the world with organizations such as National Geographic, AdventureMed, and the 4 Deserts race series. She now lives on the Big Island in Hawaii after finishing her time at Yale as the Associate Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. She is an instructor of Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), author and editor of the Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) course, certified in swiftwater rescue, and a master diver. She has earned her Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). She is particularly interested in medical education, expedition medicine, sports medicine, dive medicine, and medicine in low-resource settings.

AdventureMed Staff

Cedar Coleman, President

AdventureMed, Wilderness Medicine of Utah, University of Utah

Cedar is an avid mountain biker and river runner, skier, motorcycle rider, and is fascinated by glaciers. He believes in being a dynamic and charismatic educator, ensuring learning objectives are met by all students regardless of learning style, and that a knowledge of wilderness medicine is a responsibility as a member of the outdoor community.

Olivia Sons, Operations Manager               

MBA, Clemson University, B.S. Intercultural Studies, SWU, SRIV, WFR Chattooga Conservancy, Grand Canyon Boaters Association

Olivia managed operations in an architecture firm for four years. She also spent 12 years river guiding and managing departments and outposts in the whitewater industry across nine rivers. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, caving, canyoneering, but most of all running rivers, primarily rafting and kayaking. 

Sarah Sarfaty, Logistics Manager and Instructor                                                       

B.S. Biological Sciences, A-EMT, ACLS, PALS, AIARE lvl 2, PADI

Sara has been a Ski Patroller, Medical Coordinator and Wilderness Therapy Guide, as well as guided backpacking, skiing, biking, climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, and SCUBA. She enjoys skiing, canyoneering, mountain biking, mountaineering, and climbing, as much of it with her dog as possible.

Athyn Scofield, WMU Brand Manager                         

B.S. Environmental and Organismal Biology, R-EMT, Certified Forklift Driver                         

Athyn has taught WFR/WFA since 2015, and worked as a guide/outdoor educator since 2017 in the U.S. in Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, as well as internationally in Spain, France and Australia. He worked as a Ski Patroller and has served as a Wasatch Backcountry Rescue volunteer since 2020. Athyn loves to ski, paddle, bike and run. He also enjoys raising chickens and bees, and making homemade wine.

Nigel Stein, NICA & Special Projects Manager

B.S. Outdoor Education, EMT, SPI, AIARE

Nigel enjoys anything outdoors, but is most at home with mountains and rivers!