World Extreme Medicine News

Hot-off-the-press, it’s time for our fresh speaker announcements…

Just like our previous reveals – the first here and second here – there’s plenty of ground to cover with this incredible line-up of eight new speakers gathering for #WEM21 this November.

Greg Whyte

Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science

Liverpool John Moores University

Modern pentathlon Olympian, European and World medallist, former Director of Research for the British Olympic Association, and publisher of over 350 peer reviewed papers, 8 books and a leading media commentator.

A Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University, Greg is a specialist in Sport & Exercise Physiology and Performance. His extensive experience in assessment, treatment, and improvement of performance in sport enthusiasts, mountain climbers and Olympic athletes makes us incredibly excited to hear from him at #WEM21.

And you should be too.

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: Performing the Impossible in Every Environment Possible

Will Freake

Medical Student

University of Southampton

As a medical student with the itch for adventure, Will is not one to rest on his laurels.

Amongst his endeavours, he’s the current President of Southampton Wilderness & Expedition Medical Society. He’s also piloting the integration of PHEM into undergrad medicine as the Curriculum Integration Lead.

Previously, he’s intercalated in Pre-Hospital Medicine, acted as the informal medical lead on an all-adult Scout trip to Peru and also worked with Exile Medics as a supernumerary member on a trip to Sierra Leone.

He’s packed a punch in his 5 ½ years of medical study so far, and we look forward to seeing where his path leads him next…although, we know where his path will take him this November…

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: Moral Injury in Trainees – Are We There Yet?

Kevin Grange

Firefighter Paramedic & Author

As an award-winning author and an active firefighter paramedic in Wyoming, Kevin’s experiences and adventures translate into enthralling stories that he will be sharing at #WEM21.

An experienced park ranger and paramedic, Kevin’s worked at Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks. His most recent book, the acclaimed ‘Wild Rescues’, details what can go wrong working in a national park – while still making you excited to hit the trail.

Most impressively, he’s completed the famous Snowman Trek in Bhutan three times (once as a trekker and twice as a guide). One of the toughest trails in the world, it’s the topic of his previous book, ‘Beneath Blossom Rain’ and at the centre of his undoubtedly enlightening talk in November…

We can’t wait.     

So keep a lookout for…

  • Session: Emergency in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Discover Kevin’s award-winning books here >

Moniek Mestrom

Ship Physician & Resident in Emergency Medicine

Oceanwide Expeditions and VieCuri Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Imagine being on a sea voyage to Greenland, completely isolated from land. A fellow passenger suffers a cardiac arrest and the nearest hope of rescue by helicopter is 550 miles away. Moniek experienced just that.

An accomplished ICU and Emergency Medicine resident, she’s also a ship physician. Moniek spends 3 months of the year working as an expedition doctor, often aboard ships heading to Antarctica or the Arctic.

Moniek insists that every trip she’s undertaken has turned out ‘unbelievable’ – which certainly guarantees her session will be loaded bow to stern with inspiring tales.

So look out for…

  • Session: All aboard! Life as a Ship Doctor in Antarctica, Russia and Beyond!

Tim Nutbeam

Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Professor of Pre-Hospital Critical Care

University of Plymouth and Devon Air Ambulance

Tim Nutbeam, Emergency Medicine Consultant

We’re thrilled to welcome Tim back to the conference!

A consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Tim is also the lead doctor for the Devon Air Ambulance and Professor of Pre-Hospital Critical Care at the University of Plymouth. He also edited the ABC of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine for BMJ books.

Tim has previously spoken about his experiences in Antarctica, however this year he’ll be talking about the Extrication in Trauma (EXIT) project; set up to apply scientific methodology to the process of extrication and post collision response, on which he now leads.

So look out for…

  • Session: Road Traffic Collisions and Extrication: How We’ve Got It Wrong

Allen Lewis

Fire Chief / Emergency Manager

Virginia Fire Department

Allen isn’t just Virginia’s Fire Department Chief, he’s also an adjunct professor at Colombia Southern University and serves on various boards, committees and associations.

Widely travelled, Allen instructs and consults on the fire service and EMS across 97 countries. He’s trained emergency services personnel everywhere from Afghanistan and Iraq, to Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the determination to encourage the consolidation of emergency services organisations, improve their communication and foster greater cooperation. 

Building leadership potential in developing countries is one of Allen’s key missions and with his breadth of travel and experience, it’ll make an extremely interesting talk.

You’ll want to look out for…

  • Session: EMA Leadership Challenges – From the Arctic Circle to South Sudan

Tom Roberts

Emergency Medicine Registrar and RCEM Doctoral Fellow

Southmead Hospital and University of the West of England

Tom hails from Dunkeld in the Highlands of Scotland and studied for his medical degree in our conference host city of Edinburgh. He’s now based in Bristol as an Emergency Medicine Trainee at Southmead Hospital and is also an RCEM Trainee Emergency Research Network Fellow. 

A passionate advocate of Emergency Medicine, Tom is always on the hunt for interesting opportunities outside the hospital. He’s worked as a Rally Doctor for the Peking to Paris vintage car rally in 2016 and 2019, and as a Crowd Doctor at Bath Rugby Ashton Gate Stadium.

Tom is continually searching for those little sparks that blossom into ideas, he believes it’s possible to build amazing, patient-focused and practice-changing careers, and firmly believes this is possible whilst keeping ourselves and our families sane and happy!

Keep a lookout for…

  • Session: Cycling to the Roof of the World on a Bamboo Bike and How to Come Back Down Again

Imron Subhan

Head of Emergency Medicine

Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad City, India

Imron is currently Head of the Emergency Medicine Department at Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad, India. He’s previously served on the governing board of the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI) in numerous capacities, including National Treasurer, General Secretary and National President – most recently becoming their Immediate Past President. 

For 16 years Imron has worked in clinical, academic and administrative roles in the field of EM and EMS, honing his skills as a high-altitude mountaineer along the way. He makes annual self-guided expeditions each year, including to Ben Nevis, Kosciuszko, Mont Blanc and the Himalayas.

Imron’s mountaineering experience makes his topic for #WEM21 one you don’t want to miss – especially if you’re a keen mountaineer yourself!

So look out for…

  • Session: Turning Back is Always a Good Idea on the Mountain: 6 Attempts to Reach 6000m


Book your place in-person or online to #WEM21 and join one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe. It’s a gathering of dedicated extreme medics and inspiring thought-leaders like all those we’ve announced here – plus many, many more yet to come!

Read more on #WEM21:

#WEM21 Speaker Announcement #2
#WEM21 Speaker Announcement including keynote speaker Dr Jane Goodall
#WEM21 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)