St. Luke's Wild Med

April 17-19, 2019

Anuradha Silvonek, MD

After graduating from Lady Hardinge Medical School, New Delhi, India, she completed both her residency at Penn State University in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics as well as a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Wake Forest University. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. She currently works as an infectious disease specialist at St. Luke’s University Health Network. 

our faculty

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

Marco 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!"

Ryan Morcrette RN, BSN, CEN, PHRN

Ryan Morcrette is a recreational outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, hunting and camping. With a background in Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Nursing, he has had exposure to training and real life events involving search and rescue, wilderness medicine and patient evacuation.

John Rollhauser, EMT-B, OEC

John 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.

Surviving the Wild, Saving the Sick

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, FACEP

After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, he 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, FACEP

After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, she 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 Associated Program Director for the Allopathic ER Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.

Holly Stankewicz, DO

 After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completing an Emergency Medicine Residency, she became board certified in Emergency Medicine and credentialed in ED ultrasound. She is currently part of the core faculty within the St. Luke’s University Health Network where she serves as the Program Director for the Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

We are honored to also have PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Dave Allen, K-9 Unit as part of our faculty at this year’s conference.

Veronica Coppersmith, DO, FAWM

Dr. Coppersmith is a 3rd year Emergency Medicine Resident at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem PA. This is her third time being involved planning the wilderness medicine conference. She also has given wilderness medicine lectures at various 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 and hopes in the future to work as an expedition doctor, keeping people safe on awesome adventures.
(Photo: Clinging to Crags always makes for an awesome photo)

Charles Bendas, MD

After graduating from Drexel Medical School in 2009, Dr. Bendas completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in 2012 as well as a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care Medicine in 2014. He now works as a Trauma Surgery/Critical Care physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. 

Eric Barr, DO, FAWM candidate

Eric Barr has been a private practice family physician for the past 15 years. He is a marathon runner and back woods hunter who frequently ventures into extreme environments. 

Eric Bowman, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Dr. Bowman is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within 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 )  

Sarah Hudgins, BSN, DO, FAWM Candidate​​

Sarah is an Emergency Medicine resident physician at St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, PA. Before entering medical school, she worked for several years as an ER nurse at the University of South Alabama Level-1 Trauma Center. She has a passion for diving, hiking, outdoor photography and travel. 

Thomas Nappe, DO 

Thomas M. Nappe, DO 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. 

Nancy Gabana, DO

Dr. 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.

Adam Colombo, DO

Dr. Colombo is 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.

Officer Dan Lynch, Wildlife Education Specialist, PA Game Commission

Dan Lynch is a Wildlife Education Specialist and Deputy Game Warden for the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the southeast region.  He has been involved in wildlife education with the agency for twenty-four years and teaches a variety of classes including wildlife sign and tracking, bird and mammal identification and wildlife forensics.  Dan is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved in hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and hiking.

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.

Jonathan Trager, DO

After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completing his Emergency Medicine residency at Temple University Hospital, he then completed a fellowship in Critical Care at Cooper University Hospital and has been board certified since 2013. 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.

Spend a night out with survivalist Marco Yuracheck on the last night of our conference while earning eight extra credits towards your FAWM! 
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How to Survive the Unexpected Night Out

Bryan Wilson, MD

Bryan Wilson is an PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA and Associate EMS Medical Director for the City of Bethlehem Paramedics. He graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA and went to medical school at New Jersey Medical School. After residency, Bryan will be pursuing a fellowship in EMS and Prehospital Medicine and staying on to work at St. Luke’s. Passionate about leadership and education, Bryan frequently serves as an instructor and lecturer for local and regional EMS tranings. He also serves on the EMS Region PI committee. Bryan has been through wilderness medicine trainings for the last 10 years, including classes with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. He has served as a staff Wilderness EMT for the Infirmary at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. In his free time, Bryan is an avid hiker, skier, and craft beer aficionado.

Rebecca Pequeno, MD

Rebecca Pequeno is the chairman of St. Luke’s University Health Network Emergency Services where she completed her Emergency Medicine Residency. She spent three years at Easton Hospital where she earned the title of assistant director of the Emergency Department. Upon returning to St. Luke’s in 2007, Dr. Pequeno assumed a clinical role with a focus on working with our local EMS providers. In 2011, she became the director of Emergency Medicine at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus. Dr. Pequeno is the co-chair of the Network Emergency Management Committee and sits on the Executive Board of the Eastern PA EMS council.

Aaron Ratner, DO

During medical school he was both a Paramedic and SCCEMS.  He graduated from the Philadelphia Osteopathic College of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency with Lehigh Valley Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is currently working as an ER physician for St. Luke’s University Health Network.