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Wilderness Medicine Faculty

Program Director

Benjamin Mattingly, MD, FAWM
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate

Ben looking down from Disappointment Clever route while climbing Mt. Ranier

Dr. Mattingly has a passion for the wilderness and has traveled to many places throughout the world, including a year in New Zealand as a wilderness medicine instructor. He has summited Aconcagua, the tallest Mountain in the Americas, while conducting high altitude research. He also enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, extreme sports—and also acts as the Team Doctor for a local American Hockey League team, the Springfield Falcons.

Ben is active in wilderness medicine and medical education, and he oversees the wilderness medicine curriculum for residents and rotating medical students. He has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year twice by graduating third year emergency medicine residents. He has a special interest in wilderness injuries and high altitude medicine, and is an active AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support) instructor.

Associate Program Director

Nicholas Daniel, DO, DiMM, FAWM
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate

Dr. Daniel completed the wilderness medicine fellowship at Baystate, during which time he taught in a hospital in Haiti, spent a month in the Indian Himalayas teaching medical students and residents while providing care to local peoples, participated in AWLS courses in Mexico and Guatemala while summiting Pico de Orizaba and Vulcan Tajumulco, and became a certified AWLS instructor.

Nick also completed a self-sustained cycling adventure across the United States and traveled to more than 20 countries. He has a passion for wilderness education and outdoor activities, and is currently developing several wilderness medicine research projects.

Other Faculty

Benjamin Church, DO

Dr. Ben Church completed his wilderness medicine fellowship at Baystate in 2018. During his fellowship year he spent 3 months working at the high altitude clinic in Nepal with the Himalayan Rescue Association, volunteered part-time with the Berkshire East ski patrol, received his AIARE I and Avalanche Rescue certifications, published a case report in the Wilderness and Environmental Journal on backcountry AEDs, and taught Advanced Wilderness Life Support as an instructor in the Adirondack mountains.

Dr. Church's main academic interests include high altitude illness, cold weather medicine - including frostbite and hypothermia, and the use of medical technology in the backcountry.

His personal passion lies mainly in backpacking, especially lightweight backpacking. He has backpacked extensively both nationally and internationally, including the 100 Mile Wilderness and Allagash River in Maine, Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, New Zealand’s south island, Iceland, the Na Pali Coast in Hawaii, and National Parks, such as Grand Tetons, Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Canyonlands. He has summited the tallest peak in every New England state, and in October 2016 he completed the notorious death march of the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.