WMU Faculty and Instructors

David Della-Giustina, MD, FAWM

David Della-Giustina is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Yale School of Medicine. He is the Education Section Chief, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Director. His interest in Wilderness Medicine was developed as an active duty Army emergency physician with the skills and experience needed in the deployed and combat setting. He has deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan twice as a member of US Special Operations Command where he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge. He retired with over 29 years of active duty 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 AWLS and has been a primary author and senior editor of the Advanced Wilderness Life Support course. He also helped to develop the Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses. He is involved with the Wilderness Medical Society as a member of the Research Committee and the committee reviewing the FAWM program.


Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PhD

Dr. Ingebretsen is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Science at the University of Utah and is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He also teaches at the School of Medicine where he is a clinical instructor of medicine. He is the director of the wilderness medicine program at the School of Medicine and is the medical director of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue. He founded Wilderness Medicine of Utah to teach backcountry medicine and is owner of River Bound Adventures an educational river trip company. He graduated with an MD degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and also earned his masters and PhD degrees from the departments of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in emergency medicine.


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 as well as the International Diploma of Mountain Medicine. He is the fellowship director of The US Army Austere and Wilderness Medicine Program as well as the director of the US Army Diploma of Mountain Medicine Program both located at Joint Base Lewis McCord Washington. He is core faculty of the US 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 4 medical journals and has authored or coauthored over 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters. His medical interests also include: Altitude medicine, Austere medicine, Military Medicine and Tactical Combat Casualty care.