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Media Release February 2019

Updated: May 20, 2019

In January, the international Adventurers and Explorers Guild (AEG) designated physician, entrepreneur and adventurer Dr Ben Abo as a Master Fellow.


Master Fellowship is the highest recognition bestowed by the Guild, and Dr Abo is an accomplished physician in international medicine.


Dr. Abo was born in south Jersey where he started with Mount Laurel EMS as a teenager in high school. After studying Emergency Medicine while working as a paramedic at the University of Pittsburgh, he stayed on as faculty at the Centre for Emergency Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine as a researcher and Coordinator of Education and International Emergency Medicine/EMS. He then spent some time abroad living in India just prior to starting medical school in the San Francisco bay area. After being hooded with honours studying medical school and public health at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – California, he took time off prior to residency to start a non-profit in Africa aimed at decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality and trauma.


Dr Abo has a strong interest in anything EMS, toxinology/venoms, EMS for children, international EM/EMS, mentorship, resiliency and sustainability in emergency services, disaster medicine, educational and experiential processes, wilderness/austere medicine and technical rescue practices.





Dr. Abo has authored numerous academic chapters including Wilderness EMS and is an Asst Professor of Emergency Medicine & EMS at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Assoc Medical Director of the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department, Assoc Medical Director of Lake County Emergency Services, Medical Director, Venom 1 & Venom 2 Venom Response Units and the Medical Director, Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit (GEMRU) at the University of Florida Police Dept (UFPD).


On receiving the designation Dr Abo said “life truly is a journey that is full of opportunity. Sometimes we have to seek out opportunity, while sometimes opportunity is obvious and we just have to seize it. To add to that though, sometimes opportunities need to be created. This will always be OK, so long as we can find benefit for others as well as growth for ourselves”.


More information about Dr Abo and his work: https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/about-us/fellow/benjamin-abo-d-o-emt-p/

More information about AEG: www.adexguild.org

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