Gregory Dobash, MD

Gregory Dobash graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in Family Practice at Drexel University Program in Family Medicine in 2003. He currently works as a physician and the site director of the Rural Track Training Program at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. Dr. Dobash is board certified in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine. He volunteers with the Cub Scouts.

Veronica Coppersmith, DO, FAWM

Veronica Coppersmith graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine from St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem PA. Dr. Coppersmith currently works as an Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Luke’s University Health Network, Monroe Campus. She is active in the planning of the annual St. Luke’s Wilderness Medicine Conference as well as has given wilderness lectures at additional conferences around the country. She loves anything and everything involving the outdoors, but her favorites are skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, running, and backpacking. Her love for the outdoors was deep seeded when she was a kid, and she was thrilled when she realized in medical school that the field of wilderness medicine was a combination of her three favorite things emergency medicine, the great outdoors, and playing MacGyver. She received her Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine in 2014.
(Photo: Clinging to Crags always makes for an awesome photo)

Jonathan Pester, DO

Dr. Pester is a former engineer from California. After finishing his Emergency Medicine training at St. Luke's University Hospital, he stayed on as academic faculty. He has since completed a fellowship in education. He has been an ATLS instructor for the past 4 years, and was a member of LA County DMAT-9. Dr. Pester is an avid snowboarder and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and sailing. As a former engineer, he also enjoys coming up with creative solutions to common medical problems.

Eric Bowman, MD, FAWM.

Eric Bowman works at the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, York, Pa.  Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine; Wilderness Medical Society member; certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Wilderness Advanced Life Support, and Outdoor Emergency Care; active member of the National Ski Patrol. Outdoor interests include downhill skiing, camping, backpacking, white water rafting, caving, cross country skiing and 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.  (Photo: Hiking for Turns at Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mount Washington, NH )  

Jennifer Axelband, DO

Dr. Axelband graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency and critical care fellowship at St. Luke’s Hospital from 2002-2006. She is board certified in surgical critical care by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) and is currently an Emergency Medicine and Medical Critical Care physician as well as the Associate Medical Director of Medical Critical Care Education at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem Campus.

Jonathan Trager, DO

Jonathan Trager was born in Montreal, Canada and completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. He finished a residency in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital in 2012 and has been board certified since 2013. He completed a fellowship in Critical Care at Cooper University Hospital in 2014. He is credentialed in ED ultrasound and is currently operating as medical critical care faculty for both the Emergency Department and Medical Critical Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. He has been involved in EMS since 1995 as an EMT and paramedic. He currently is the medical director for Lehigh University EMS and St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Service and Critical Care Transport. He is a member and Chairman of the PA State Critical Care Transport committee.

Bill Gibbons, DO, FAWM

Bill Gibbons is the founder and president of the GOALS Adventure Racing Association. He is aptly qualified through decades of search and rescue training and instructing with the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force. His skills as an instructor and athlete are what motivated him to form the non-profit adventure racing organization. Bill’s wife, Anne, also has an Expert rating in search and rescue and serves as the executive director of GOALS-ARA.

Over the years, Bill has attended the Air Force Academy Survival Course and participated in search missions in various parts of the United States. He teaches the technical skills involved in adventure racing including high angle ropes skills, navigation, basic wilderness survival, and basic bike repair. He has also participated in races lasting from 6 hours to 40 hours and has trained as the alternate for the nationally ranked GOALS-ARA team when they enter races that last up to 10 days.
Bill is a Family Medicine Resident Physician at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA. He has accepted a position with Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine Urgent Care in Parkesburg, PA.

Donald Jeanmonod MD

After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, Donald Jeanmonod completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Baystate Medical Center. He has been board certified in Emergency Medicine since 2004. He is also credentialed in ED ultrasound. He is currently core faculty and Ultrasound Director for the ER Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.

Rebecca Jeanmonod, MD

After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, Rebecca Jeanmonod completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Baystate Medical Center. She has been board certified in Emergency Medicine since 2004 and is credentialed in ED Ultrasound. She is currently the Associate Program Director for the Allopathic ER Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.

Kirth Steele, DO

Dr. Steele completed residency in internal medicine at St. Luke's Bethlehem in 1988 followed by fellowships in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.  From 1991 through 1998 he served in the United States Navy as a pulmonologist/intensivist/flight surgeon and diving medical officer mainly at Naval Hospital Pensacola and Naval Operational Medicine Institute, Pensacola, Florida.  In 1998 he returned to St. Luke's Bethlehem to start the hospitalist program where I worked in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care until 2017 when I was recruited to West Florida Hospital to start a critical care program.  He currently serve as interim director of pulmonary medicine and the intensive care unit at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ.  He has been diving since 1980.  He currently reside in Emmaus, PA with my wife, Karen.  They enjoy traveling to the Caribbean for open ocean swims.

Joseph Smoot, MD

Director of Media Relations and Web Design

Raised at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Joe fostered a love of the outdoors at a young age. He particularly enjoys skiing, climbing, and fishing. He studied bioengineering at Oregon State University before traveling to West Virginia University for medical school. There he had the opportunity to enjoy the wild and wonderful wilderness of West Virginia while learning about wilderness medicine through the wilderness medicine student group at WVU. He started emergency medicine residency at St. Luke's University in 2017 and helped with organizing the 2018 St. Luke's Wilderness Medicine Conference. This year he is playing a larger role as the communications director for the conference.

St. Luke's Wild Med

Marc Cassone, DO, FAWM, W-EMT

Marc is a PGY-3 EM Resident at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, PA. Marc hails from the ADKs (still one of his favorite places to ski, hike, and paddle) and has been enjoying exploring the wilds of PA while in residency. He has worked as an outdoor guide for the past nine years (although much more sporadically now in residency). He's been involved in wilderness medicine at the local and national level, having spoken at various local wilderness medicine conferences, Race Director for the Pennsylvania MedWAR, Student Representative to the WMS Board, and currently serving as Vice-Chair for the EMRA Wilderness
Division. He'll be co-directing the 2019 St Luke's Wilderness Medicine Adventure Race and is always excited to talk to students/residents about getting involved in wilderness medicine.

Jeff Jahre, MD, FACP

Dr. Jahre is St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Senior Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs, Emeritus Section Chief of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Following his graduation from Chicago Medical School, University of Health Sciences he completed an internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of N.Y.C. and a fellowship at the New York Columbia-Presbyterian University Medical Center. Dr. Jahre has been a frequent lecturer at Wilderness Medicine venues, has been an author of over 50 medical publications and presentations, and was instrumental in helping to initiate the St. Luke’s Wilderness Medicine Symposium. His outside interests include horseback riding, skiing, and scuba diving.

Stacey Cromey-Hawke, MD

Stacey serves as both a Captain in the British Army as well as an Emergency/Trauma Physician within England's health system. She is an avid hiker/climber, dives with whales sharks and frequently goes on expeditions all over the world.

Marko Yurachek, NR-WEMT, AMGA, NR-BA

Marco Yurachek is an explorer and adventurer, who's travels have taken him from the Arctic tundra to arid deserts, teeming tropical jungles and all environments in between. He has spent years learning how to thrive in each. Marko has worked in the outdoor industry in many capacities for most of his life. He has extensive experience as a wilderness guide, climbing instructor and mountaineering guide, river guide, and primitive skills instructor. He also specializes in Wildlife Tracking and Photography. After working all over the world with larger companies like Outward Bound, as well as smaller, elite guide services, Marco now operates his own guide service, Wildskills, where he specializes in custom wilderness adventures in Alaska in the summers and the Tropics in the winter. In between he teaches Wilderness Medicine, High Angle, and Technical Rescue and runs Wilderness Skills courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. He also frequently works with the media and film industries. A unique perspective that Marco brings to his teaching, is that he has experienced Wilderness Medicine and Helicopter rescue from both the rescuer and patient. 
" Marco and I one shared an elevator, and to this day I cant stop kicking myself not asking him for his autograph and a selfie"  Chuck Norris "And I kick hard!"

John Rollhauser, WEMT-B, OEC

John Rollhauser is a professional ski patroller at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine, and the former Pro Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain Resort in PA. John is also a member of Franklin County Search and Rescue (FSAR) in Franklin County, ME. He is also an active fire fighter, EMT and rope & swift water rescue technician. He is also an instructor for outdoor emergency care, lift evacuation, off-trail & rope rescue and climbing. He enjoys pursuits that take him into the outdoors. He is an avid rock climber, hiker, long distance backpacker, mountaineer, mountain biker, kayaker, skier and caver.  He believes one of the best sounds in the world is rain on his tent at night.

Abdul Wasey, MD

Director of Finance and Administration

Abdul Wasey  is a PGY2 Emergency Medicine resident at St Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, Abdul graduated from Ohio State University and went on to medical school at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has always had a love for the outdoors having grown up in rural Ohio, and continues to enjoy traveling and hiking. He has helped with the Wilderness Medicine Conference since beginning residency and currently serves as the conference’s Administrative Director.

Surviving the Wild, Saving the Sick

Conference Committee

Adam Colombo, DO, FAWM

Conference Faculty Advisor

Adam Colombo is an attending physician for St. Luke’s University Health Network, the director of St. Luke's Miners Campus, and member of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He continues to serve as Flight Surgeon/Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, as team physician for Bethlehem Emergency Response Team (SWAT) and as a volunteer firefighter with a lifetime of experience in wilderness medicine and survival in austere conditions. He previously performed dive and cave rescue and still enjoys travelling, diving, hiking and racing.

Nancy Gabana, DO

Nancy Gabana is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician at St. Luke's University Health Network Monroe Campus.  She completed her Internship at Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center, and her allopathic residency at Christiana Medical Center, in Newark, Delaware.  After working clinically in the Emergency Department at Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for 22 years, she accepted a position as a Cruise Ship Physician with Holland America Cruise Line, and worked full time as a Passenger Physician for three years, prior to joining St. Luke's one year ago.  Whether it was doing helicopter rescues in remote settings or Coast Guard Evacuations in stormy weather in the Amazon, or speaking French in hospital transfers in the French Polynesian/Tahiti region,  every day was an exciting adventure and challenge.  She and her husband, Phil, travelled the world in what she calls the "best job she ever had!"  They reside in the Poconos, East Stroudsburg, PA and together have three daughters.

2019 Lecturers

Nicole Battaglioli, MD, FAWM

Dr. Battaglioli graduated from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies in 2013. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Wellspan York Hospital in 2016 and an ACEP Teaching Fellowship in 2017. She is currently the Assistant Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor at the University Kentucky as well as the Chief Operating Officer at the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine Wellness Think Tank. She is a Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support Instructor as well as an Advanced
Wilderness Expedition Provider.

Sarah Hudgins, DO, FAWM Candidate

Conference Advisor

Sarah Hudgins graduated from the University of South Alabama and worked as an emergency medicine nurse at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center for four years. She graduated from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. She is currently an Emergency Medicine Resident at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She is an HPSP recipient for the United States Air Force, is PADI certified and is currently working on her FAWM. She has completed Wilderness Medicine and Survival Skills courses through various hospitals, universities, organizations and the military.

Charles Bendas, MD

Chuck Bendas graduated from St. Luke's Emergency Medicine residency in 2012, and then completed fellowship in Surgical Critical Care in 2014. He was the first Emergency Medicine physician in the United States to become board certified in Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Bendas returned to the St. Luke's system in 2017 after working for the Geisinger Health System for a number of years. He has a background in EMS and wilderness medicine. He currently works in the division of Acute Care Surgical Services at St. Luke's University as a Traumatologist and Surgical Intensivist. He is an avid hiker and backpacker.

Jordan Greer II, DO

Jordan Greer is currently a chief resident at Inspira Emergency Medicine Residency in Vineland, NJ. He is originally from Alaska and has done many backcountry expeditions in his home state. Additionally, he has participated in international medical missions and has completed a circumnavigation of the globe in a small sail boat. He has taught OMM in the Backcountry at many Wilderness Medicine Conferences in the Mid-Atlantic area for the past 6 years as well as given lectures on Marine Envenomation, High Altitude Medicine, Snake Envenomation, Cold Injury and Dysbarism. His interests include snowboarding, flying, surfing, free-diving, expedition/travel medicine, ultrasound in austere environments and enjoying the backcountry with his wife and dogs.

Thomas Nappe, DO 

Tom Nappe is a medical toxicologist and emergency physician at St. Luke’s University Health Network, where he serves as the director of medical toxicology and as core faculty for the emergency medicine residency program. He is also a clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine for Temple University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan), completed his emergency medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network where he served as chief resident, and completed his medical toxicology fellowship at Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (RMPDC), where he cared for numerous land and sea envenomations. 


Charlie Cox, MD

Director of Education and Faculty Affairs

Charlie Cox is currently a PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident at St. Luke's University Health Network. He graduated from Lewis Katz Medical School at Temple University. He plans to continue working as an ER physician at St. Luke's Hospital Monroe Campus after graduation.

Bryan Wilson, MD

Bryan Wilson, MD is an EMS Fellow and Attending Emergency Physician at Cooper University Health Care. He graduated from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. He has been an EMT in various capacities since 2005 and actively maintains his EMT certification. Outside of medicine, Bryan is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, loves to hike, ski, and enjoy craft beer. Following the completion of his fellowship in June 2018, he will be returning home to St. Luke’s to join the residency faculty.

April 17-19, 2019