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Authors > Paul S. Auerbach, MD

“It’s a perfect coming-together of interest in medicine, interest in taking care of people in austere settings, and appreciation for the environment.” – Dr. Paul Auerbach




Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM is Redlich Family Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the lead author of Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition.


Dr. Auerbach is the world’s leading expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author. He is Editor of Wilderness Medicine (Illustrated Medical Textbook of the Year 2017, British Medical Association), and author of Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. He has been recognized as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and received the New Orleans Grand Isle Award for Science from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the Founders Award from the Wilderness Medical Society, and the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others.


Dr. Auerbach holds his MD from Duke University, completed his internship at Dartmouth and residency at UCLA, and is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He serves on the Council on Foreign Relations; Board of Trustees, Emergency Medicine Foundation, American College of Emergency Physicians; the High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force, American College of Emergency Physicians; Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University School of Medicine; and the Sports Head Injury Prevention Task Force, American College of Emergency Physicians.


Dr. Auerbach has served as a volunteer physician in Haiti, Nepal, and Guatemala. He holds patents for an avalanche rescue device and a device for microwave rewarming of blood products.