ICAR MedCom is an international panel of experts on mountain emergency medicine, consisting of delegates from the ICAR member organisations.
Our work mainly consists of research into and improvement of mountain emergency medicine in a professional mountain rescue environment. Besides this ICAR MedCom's task is to set internationally applicable standards for education and training as well as medical guidelines in mountain rescue medicine. This knowledge shall be transfered to our member organisations and into the world of mountain rescue and mountain emergency medicine.
The ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue) consists of a medical, an air-rescue, an avalanche and a terrestrial commission as well as a sub-commission for dog handlers. The main website and information on the work of the other commissions can be found on www.alpine-rescue.org.
President of ICAR MedCom
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2002
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: President 2017 -
Describe your job at ICAR: To coordinate and have a vision for the Medcom during my tenure of 8 years.
Country + Affiliation: Lake District, United Kingdom, Mountain Rescue England & Wales
Real-life Job: Retired General Practitioner, Author and lecturer
One sentence about yourself: Always have been happiest in the mountains
Vice President of ICAR MedCom
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2013
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: VP since 2019, manages website and internal forum, liases with + supports Recommendations Lead
Country + Affiliation: Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany, BExMed (German Association of Mountain and Expedition Medicine), Bergwacht Bayern
Real-life Job: Anaesthetist + Emergency Doctor @ Klinik Immenstadt, Allgäu, Germany
One sentence about yourself: Happy to be in the mountains with my family, loves the soft pow pow on a sunny winter day and the grip of warm rock during a gentle alpine climb with my hubby.
Alison L. SHEETS
Vice President of ICAR MedCom
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2013 (delegate since 2017)
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: VP since 2019, international project coordination
Country + Affiliation: Boulder, Colorado, United States of America, Mountain Rescue Association USA
Real-life Job: Emergency Medicine Physician @ Boulder Community Health Hospital, Boulder Colorado, USA
One sentence about yourself: Enjoy rock climbing, back country skiing, travel and birdwatching
Lead of ICAR MedCom Recommendations
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2017
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: In charge of the ICAR MedCom Recommendations and the internal peer review processes
Country + Affiliation: Bavaria, Germany, Bergwacht Bayern
Real-life Job: Head of Department of Anaesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care and Pain Medicine @ Klinikum St. Elisabeth, Straubing
Lead of ICAR MedCom Research
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2004
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: Research lead ICAR MEDCOM, humble member, scientific advisor
Country + Affiliation: Lives in Innsbruck + Salzburg, Austria. Represents the Mountain Rescue Service (BRD) of the South Tyrol Alpine Association (AVS), Italy
Real-life Job: Clinical lead, consultant. Department of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine @ Brothers of St. John of God Hospital, Salzburg, Austria
One sentence about yourself: Likes being outdoors with family and friends all around the year. Special interest in beautiful and extreme environments.
Jason D. WILLIAMS
Lead of DiMM Course Programme
Member of ICAR MedCom since: 2014
Job(s) at ICAR MedCom: In charge of the DIMM Course Programme , liases with UIAA and ISMM
Country + Affiliation: United States of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico; University of New Mexico, USA International Mountain Medicine Center, Department of Emergency Medicine
Real-life Job: Director, International Mountain Medicine Center, University of New Mexico ; Mountain Rescue Specialist and Paramedic, Bernalillo County Merto Air Support
One sentence about yourself: “Nothing beats climbing a granite cliff face in the Sandia mountains with my life-long climbing partner/wife and teaching our little daughter to share our love for New Mexican mountains”
A link about Jason: The UIAA: appreciating the full picture
ICAR MEDCOM consists of many valued and experienced experts from all parts of the world.
When we meet we work hard, but we also know how to have fun together.