Exile Medics sends enthusiastic doctors, nurses and paramedics to the world's most challenging environments to provide medical support for expeditions and the most extreme events on the planet. Doctors of all grades, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and medical students have worked together on every Exile Medics project, and more are becoming available all the time.
Being an Exile Medic tests you and your knowledge, it builds your team working and leadership skills and you find out how resourceful you truly are. It is the toughest medicine you will ever do, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Dr Brett Rocos FRGS MD FRCS (Tr & Orth), Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett started Exile Medics in 2009 as a way to travel the world as a doctor. Starting in Brazil as a race doctor in the Amazon rainforest, his experience now covers every type of environment and terrain all over the world. Day to day, Brett works as a senior registrar in trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in Bristol, UK. He teaches and lectures about expedition medicine and surgery in the UK and abroad. Alongside this, he is Chief Medical Officer for World Offshore Powerboats, Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and sits on the Royal Geographical Society Medical Cell Executive. Throughout a varied career, Brett has been a Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer of England, been a doctor at Silverstone and Brands Hatch racing circuits and British Superbikes, worked for the World Health Organisation in East Africa, carried out research into the use of air ambulances in prehospital major trauma, worked as a visiting training spinal surgeon in the USA and has had his passport stolen only once.
Brett fundamentally believes that wilderness and expedition medicine should be accessible to everyone, and that practicing safe and effective clinical medicine in the field is key to successful adventuring and racing.
Katie Ruffles RN MSc, Operations Director email@example.com (+44) 7471 505430
Katie is the Operations Director for Exile Medics. She oversees all aspects of the organisation from Exile HQ in the UK. If you're an event or race director, a medic, competitor or participant, then Katie is who you need to contact with any queries. Alongside Brett, she has developed Exile Medics into a leading organisation in wilderness medicine. Outside of Exile Medics, Katie is a senior emergency nurse and a snowboarder of awesome proportions. She has literally been round the world with her board looking for a buzz.
Dr Adam Brown FCEM, Medical Director
Adam is our Clinical Director and is a Consultant in Emergency and Prehospital Medicine. There are few things in medicine that he does not know. Based in Bristol's Major Trauma Centre, Adam works in the vanguard of the NHS and has seen it all. He has a broad experience of medicine both in and out of hospital, and in every environment imaginable. Outside of medicine, Adam competes in distance running and skiing events. Adam has been with us from the beginning and is a cornerstone of Exile Medics.
John Warburton MSc, Pharmacy Director
John makes sure that all the medications that we use are stored and used safely wherever we go, and is on hand to help with any question we have about medicines. He is a specialist in critical care pharmacology for the NHS and has published widely in scientific journals about this complex subject. He enjoys travel in his own right, and has been to some spectacular places, and supports our teams wherever they are in the world.
Deb Frost, Expedition Manager (UK)
Deb qualified as registered nurse in 2003 and has worked in various roles within the NHS both clinically and in management. She has worked on acute medicine, surgery, intensive care, and with the teaching team. She has a love of travel and hopes to visit South Africa in 2019, and has travelled to various places around the world - Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Rio, Hong Kong, Egypt, Barbados, Texas. Deb can often be found on the slopes with a pair of skis or a snowboard strapped to her feet- when she’s not watching over her 2 children! Deb runs the UK office based in Bristol, and is one of the earliest points of contact with Exile Medics.
Jessica Pridmore, Operations Support (UK)
Jessica works as a registered nurse in the NHS. Since qualifying in 2014 she has worked in neurosurgery and is currently a specialist spinal nurse. Outside of work Jessica is always planning her next adventure. Trips have included backpacking in South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand and India. She loves wildlife and history and has developed a passion for photography. She enjoys walking and for her next adventure she is going on a hiking holiday with friends around Mont Blanc.
Dr Nadia Tharib RCGP, Senior Exile Team Leader
Nadia was the Exile Medics Fellow in 2016-17. Her usual job is as a GP and a Staff Grade in Emergency Medicine in Bristol. Nadia's special interests include high altitude medicine, cold related illness and avalanche rescue, and developing the provision of wilderness care through exceptional leadership.
Dr Liz Bolton BChD, Dental Advisor
Liz is a recent addition to the Exile Medics team, and brings expert dental advice to the world of wilderness and expedition medicine. Based in West Yorkshire, Liz qualified as a dentist in Leeds back in 1998. She has worked in both NHS and private dentistry, including dealing with severe tooth decay in deprived areas across the UK. With her love of the outdoors, and a encyclopaedic knowledge of practical dentistry, Liz is able to advise on dental care anywhere in the world.
Rhys Taylor, Operating Procedures Manager
Rhys joined Exile Medics as a medical student in 2016. Now in his final year, Rhys plans on continuing his work in expedition medicine whilst pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. A qualified Mountain Leader, Rhys hopes to make the most of his foundation years in Scotland to continue climbing and to gain his qualification as a Winter Mountain Leader.
Rhys is currently working with Exile Medics to develop and collate a full set of SOP’s for teams working in the field.