About Our Experts

Marine Medicine Expert
Michael Jacobs, M.D.
Medical Consultant for the Marine Series

  • MedSail Founder and Program Director: Safety at Sea and Medicine for Mariners Conferences
  • Medical Director, Vineyard Medical Services, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • USCG Licensed Captain
  • Co-Author, A Comprehensive Guide to Marine Medicine
  • Author, Survival at Sea, Textbook of Wilderness Medicine
  • Coastal and offshore racing and cruising sailor, kayaker

Survival Expert Doug Ritter
Consultant for the Pocket Survival Pak

  • Publisher and Editor of Equipped to Survive
  • Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Equipped to Survive Foundation
  • Leading authority in the areas of survival and survival equipment and supplies
  • Has personally interviewed nearly 120 survivors of aviation, marine, and wilderness survival episodes to gain insight into essential survival

Outdoor and Survival Expert Expert Christopher VanTilburg, M.D.
Medical Consultant and Contributor

  • Mountain Rescue Volunteer
  • Author of seven outdoor first aid and survival books
  • Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness Medicine, the official magazine for Wilderness Medical Society
  • Contributing Editor Backcountry Magazine
  • Contributing Editor Columbia Gorge Magazine
  • "Ask Doc Wild" Columnist National Geographic Adventure