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Christina L. Catlett, MD, FACEP

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Dr. Christina CatlettEMAIL ADDRESS:

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina (Go ‘Heels!); M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Residency in Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins


CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Associate Director, The Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), The Johns Hopkins Institutions

WILDERNESS CERTIFICATION: Advanced Wilderness Life Support

AREAS OF WILDERNESS INTEREST: Mountaineering, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountaineering, expedition medicine, camping

WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELED: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal (Mt. Everest), Australia, India, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Liberia, the Arctic Circle, Siberia, most of Europe, Turkey, Haiti, and a few more places I can’t think of right now

HOBBIES: Besides the above: my dogs, triathlons, beach volleyball. Can’t cook worth a damn.

I made the conversion from “Southern sorority girl” to “outdoor junkie” about 4 years ago on a whim. Chalk it up to insanity and hypoxia. Since then I have climbed ten mountains between 15,000 and 21,000 feet in the Andes and Himalayas. In 2006, I was the physician for the Adventure Consultants expedition to Mt. Everest and spent 2.5 months living at Base Camp (by far, the coolest thing I have ever done in my life!!). In 2007, I spent a month on a ship traveling to Siberia and the Arctic Circle as the ship’s physician. I have intubated a child in the Grand Canyon, revived a backpacker in a diabetic coma in the wilds of Patagonia, evacuated multiple climbers off Mt. Everest, and treated cardiac ischemia in the middle of the Bering Sea. I live for the next adventure and am living proof that you can incorporate your passion into your career!

When I am not working to finance my climbing, I am a disaster specialist for Hopkins. I’ve led medical missions to Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina and Rita, as well as three missions to Haiti. My wilderness skills are invaluable to me in the disaster and humanitarian setting.