Dr. Andrew Porter, DMSc
Dr. Andrew Porter, DMSc has a passion for practicing medicine and is a strong advocate for utilizing telehealth as a means of providing access to more patients.
He has expertise in emergency medicine and as a hospitalist, working as a solo provider in three critical access hospitals in Mississippi in collaboration with physicians at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Telehealth has made all the difference for me in providing patient care – I see it as critical to keeping our hospitals open,” he says of his experience working in Mississippi.
Of his involvement in the DMSc program, Dr. Porter remarks that the knowledge he acquired in Dr. Cohen’s course regarding legal issues in medical practice has proved invaluable. “As a PA and a high-level provider, it is of the utmost importance to stay current on legal issues governing healthcare,” he adds.
Dr. Porter will lead the DMSc Telehealth Certificate offering. Enrolling now for July 2020.
Dr. Greg Davenport, DHSc, MPAS
For Dr. Greg Davenport — emergency medicine PA, disaster expert, and humanitarian in practice — survival is a verb, not a noun.
“We try to be on the ground within 24 hours after the disaster,” Dr. Davenport says of his medical disaster missions, where he leads teams into high risk settings 4-6 times per year. Settings include earthquake, cyclones, tornadoes, tsunamis and even combat. Davenport is an emergency medicine PA with over 30 years of wilderness survival experience. In this role, he has written six books and trained individuals and teams on disaster medicine and survival concepts at a national and international level. In addition, he has hosted several televised adventures shows and made numerous TV appearances. Finally, Davenport speaks, on a regular basis, on disaster and survival concepts to national and international audiences of 500 to 5,000.
Dr. Davenport’s organized relief efforts provide medical care to affected populations, as well as securing disaster areas. This work requires teams to be incredibly adaptable and innovative, as the sequence of disaster events can change rapidly. For example, in Nepal, he says, “Our team traveled there to help after a devastating 7.8 earthquake had shook the country to its knees. Unfortunately, shortly after arrival – and while we were standing on a 45-degree mountain slope – a second 7.3 earthquake hit. How do you prepare for that? Perhaps the key is about being adaptable and being able to use your knowledge, training, and experience to make quick, life-saving decisions.”
Of his life’s work as an emergency medicine PA and disaster and survival expert, Dr. Davenport says, “First and foremost, I am a humanitarian. Everything I do in life revolves around that.” His service began with nine years of military service, receiving rigorous training as a SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) and Recovery Specialist, a program that has an average attrition rate of 60% to 85%. It was there that he developed a passion for sharing his knowledge of Disaster Medicine, teaching combat and non-combat survival skills to aircrew members and Combat Casualty Care (C-4) to military physicians and PAs. “I am an extreme advocate of service. As part of my personal mission, I enjoy teaching concepts of disaster response and survival to others, providing guidelines on how to return stay alive and return home safely.”
Dr. Davenport, a professor in the DMSc program, will lead the new Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate offered at the University of Lynchburg. The certificate is focused on the four phases of disaster relief relevant to natural, industrial and intentional (terrorist, etc.) setting. Course materials will include information on (1) how to stay alive while serving in remote and isolated regions with extremely limited resources, (2) medical care in a disaster setting, and (3) how to run a relief/mission trip to include organizing, planning, and leading the disaster relief effort. Davenport has created the certificate concept with a focus on preparing the humanitarian for the harsh realities of relief work. Read Dr. Davenport’s University bio and his personal website.
The Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate program is now enrolling for October 2020.