Paul Auerbach, one of the pioneers of Wilderness Medicine passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, following a difficult battle with brain cancer.
From the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS):
In order to commemorate his lasting contributions to the WMS and the field of wilderness medicine, the WMS Board of Directors established an annual summer lectureship in honor of Dr. Paul Auerbach in early June 2021. The lectureship will seek to invite top, expert speakers on topics whose work complements the vision of the WMS, to be thought-provoking, innovative, and to nurture the breadth of the WMS. With support from his family, donations are being accepted to the Paul Auerbach Lectureship Fund. Please click here to donate, and here to leave a tribute which will be shared with his family. All donations are tax-deductible.
Highlights of Paul's Wilderness Medicine Contributions
Though his contributions to the field of wilderness medicine cannot be quantified, below is just a brief list of the achievements that have touched our community:
- Co-Founder of the Wilderness Medical Society in 1983
- Served on first WMS Board of Directors; third president of the society
- Editor of Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine textbook - the "Bible" of wilderness medicine, now in its 7th edition!
- Established and served as first Editor-in-Chief of the Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal
- Founders Award recipient, Wilderness Medical Society (2001)
- DAN America Award recipient, Divers Alert Network (1998)
- Co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health
- Co-author of Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine
- Author of Medicine for the Outdoors
- Co-author on 4 of 9 current WMS Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Helped establish the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Fund and Project
- Member of the National Ski Patrol System's National Medical Committee
- First responder to earthquakes in Haiti (2010) and Nepal (2015)
- Involved in establishing and training EMS systems in Nepal
- Involved in establishing one of first Wilderness Medicine Fellowships at Stanford
- Visiting scholar at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
- Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University School of Medicine