Matt Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director

About Matt

Matt grew up playing in the Uinta Mountains of Utah before moving to St. Louis to start his education.  Matt moved back to Salt Lake City in 2004 for medical school where he spent free time climbing and skiing.  For 9 years, Matt played a lead role in the pioneering wilderness medicine interest group for the University of Utah's School of Medicine. Matt's efforts involved both instruction and the appointment as the groups Executive Director.  He helped develop extensive wilderness medical education materials and co-edited a textbook on wilderness medicine for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  Matt has also contributed to texts for Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) curriculums.  Matt’s wilderness medical interests include high altitude pulmonary physiology and developing practical wilderness medicine guidelines based on the best data possible. Currently Matt resides in New York City where he explores a new type of wilderness but still enjoys getting outside and back to the mountains whenever possible.  


Washington University in St. Louis - Biomedical Engineering - B.S.
Washington University in St. Louis - Biology - M.A.
University of Utah - School of Medicine - M.D.
University of Utah - Molecular Biology - Ph.D.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS)
Avalanche Level 1