Mike Lindsey, MD

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Licenses + Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine Physician

  • Diploma in Mountain Medicine

  • Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine

  • John F. Haynes Medical Toxicology Scholarship Award

Education

  • Wilderness Medicine Fellowship | University of California San Diego

  • Doctorate of Medicine and Global Health Scholar | University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

  • Emergency Medicine Residency | Texas Tech University El Paso

  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology | Texas A&M

Experience

  • Race Physician | Grand to Grand Ultramarathon

  • Race Physician | Tough Mudder

  • Outdoor Climbing Instructor | Mesa Rim Climbing Gym

  • Global Health Committee | Texas Tech University

Ever inquisitive, as a kid Mike would often be found catching spiders to stick under his microscope.  This curious nature and love for the outdoors shaped the rest of his life. After graduating from college with a degree in microbiology, Mike became a lab manager studying malaria vectors with the hopes of discovering new ways to prevent malaria.  His time in academics taught him many things, but most importantly that he had a love for teaching and educating others. However, he decided that he wanted more contact with the world around him, so he traded in his pipette for a stethoscope and headed off to medical school.  During his time as a medical student, he completed the Global Health Scholar program at UTMB where he did extra classes on top of his medical school curriculum aimed at doctors planning to have a career in global medicine.

He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Texas Tech El Paso.  During his time as a resident he was appointed to the Global Health Committee for the university advocating global health as an essential part of medical curriculum.  He received several awards as a resident including Resident of the Year and the John F Haynes Memorial Toxicology Scholarship. Though he strongly considered a fellowship in International Medicine, he discovered his love of wilderness medicine which combined his biggest passions: adventure, science, teaching, and of course wilderness.  

Dr. Lindsey went on to complete a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at the University of California San Diego.  His time at UCSD brought him invaluable experiences in both medicine and the wilderness. He has taught multiple wilderness medicine classes for the University of California San Diego Medical School.  His teaching style has been described as “an adventurous Bill Nye”. He believes that teaching the science and physiology behind things is key, whether it be explaining the physics behind Nylon vs Dyneema or the pathophysiology of high altitude illness.  Once you know how things work then you will know how to fix them and make yourself and your clients safer.

In his free time, you will find him rock climbing, dirt biking, mountain biking, SCUBA diving, hiking, and traveling. Mike is excited to be a part of the Backcountry Pulse team.  The organization incorporates all his passions but distinguishes itself from other similar organizations by its altruistic motives.