Seth C. Hawkins
Seth C. Hawkins
MD, FACEP, FAEMS, MFAWM
Hawkins working in Bhutan
|Residence||Morganton, North Carolina|
|Other names||Seth Collings Hawkins|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
|Known for||Founder, Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine; Founder, Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team|
Seth Christopher Collings Hawkins (born March 11, 1971) is an American emergency physician, writer, anthropologist, and organizational innovator. He has made notable contributions to the fields of wilderness medicine, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and medical humanities. His work has particularly specialized in EMS and wilderness medicine in the southeastern United States, where he is the founder of the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, and the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship.
Early life and education
Hawkins was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. During that time he also earned Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification at Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities in Conway, New Hampshire. He subsequently worked in Vermont and Colorado as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, ski instructor, and rafting guide before returning to Bryn Mawr College to complete his premedical training in 1994.
Hawkins earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2000. He completed his medical training with a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine, where he was recognized with the University of Pittsburgh Ron Stewart Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.
While a medical student, Hawkins co-founded iris: the UNC journal of medicine, literature & visual art, a Medical Humanities journal still currently in production. Hawkins was a charter member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Medical Humanities Section, and established and currently serves as a judge for the annual ACEP Writers Award. He authored the first structured analysis of emergency medicine creative writing in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, introducing and exploring the concept of "emergency medicine narratives". He currently writes the "Words Matter" column in Emergency Medicine News. His poetry and prose has been published widely in emergency medicine journals and magazines. He also continues an active practice as an anthropologist and is a professional member of the American Anthropological Association as well as a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. He has a research and publication focus on the anthropology of pain, medical anthropology, and expeditionary anthropology.
Wilderness Medicine and EMS
While a medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Hawkins and Jenny Graham co-founded Carolina Wilderness Medicine, one of the first wilderness medicine student interest groups in the country and which is still active at UNC-Chapel Hill (www.med.unc.edu/wmig). Hawkins and Graham also initiated student-run southeastern wilderness medicine conferences held in 1998 and 2000 in Chapel Hill.
In 2007 Hawkins founded the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, a regional wilderness medicine nonprofit organization. Hawkins has served as the medical director for the Burke EMS Special Operations Team, the first EMS-based wilderness rescue team in North Carolina, since 2008. This team serves the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, the deepest gorge in the eastern United States, as well as South Mountains State Park, the largest state park in NC. In 2011, in conjunction with Drs. Michael Millin and Will Smith, he co-developed the Wilderness EMS Medical Director Course. This was the first such course to be jointly endorsed by the Wilderness Medical Society and the National Association of EMS Physicians. The Journal of EMS recognized Hawkins, along with Millin and Smith, as one of the Top 10 EMS Innovators of 2011 for the development of this course.
Hawkins helped develop a distance-accessible baccalaureate wilderness EMS program while on the faculty at Western Carolina University. In 2011 he founded the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship, a unique wilderness medicine rotation for medical students and residents specifically focused on wilderness EMS activities. He is currently the executive editor of Wilderness Medicine Magazine. He also serves as medical director of the North Carolina State Parks system and Western Piedmont Community College. On Earth Day 2012 he established the International Institute for Sustainability in Emergency Services (iiSES), which developed from the Green EMS Initiative, a multinational non-governmental organization dedicated to improving sustainability in EMS operations and workforce. He has field tested and published recommendations regarding use of hybrid vehicles in wilderness EMS response, which has been cited as the "future for a greener EMS".
He serves as the medical director of Landmark Learning, an outdoor education and wilderness EMS school in Cullowhee, North Carolina, as well as medical advisor for both North Carolina Outward Bound School and REI.
In 2013 he founded the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, the first Mountain Rescue Association-affiliated team in North Carolina, and currently serves as that team's Chief. He is also co-founder and co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources, a climbing medicine company pioneering the concept of a medical guide™. In 2017 he and Kentucky-based paramedic David Fifer founded and currently host the RAW (Remote, Austere, Wilderness) Medicine Podcast (www.rawmedicine.org). He has lectured extensively on wilderness medicine topics and published widely in the EMS, emergency, and wilderness medicine literature. He is the executive editor of the Wilderness Medical Society's Wilderness Medicine Magazine, co-author of Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017), and is editor of the textbook Wilderness EMS (Wolters Kluwer, 2018).
Hawkins has been a full-time clinical emergency physician since 2003. He was Chair and Medical Director of the Grace Hospital Emergency Department from 2010 to 2011, and currently works clinically at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He has served on the emergency medicine faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Western Carolina University, and currently is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Academy of Emergency Medical Services, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, double boarded in both emergency medicine and EMS. He has also served as a medical officer on multiple United States National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) teams, currently serving on the NC-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the federal Mobile Acute Care Strike Team.
Awards and recognition
In 2008, Hawkins was named a "Hero of Emergency Medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians and "Yalie of the Week" by the Yale Alumni Magazine for his emergency medicine and wilderness EMS work.
In 2018 he received the Dave Carter Leadership Award from the NC Search & Rescue Advisory Council, the Innovation in Medical Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Mountain Rescue Association.
- Hawkins SC, ed. Wilderness EMS. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2018
- Hawkins SC, Simon RB, Beissinger JP, Simon D. Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers. New York: The Countryman Press, 2017
- Millin MG, Johnson DE, Schimelpfenig T, Conover K, Sholl M, Busko J, Alter R, Smith W, Symonds J, Taillac P, Hawkins SC. Medical Oversight, Educational Core Content, and Proposed Scopes of Practice of Wilderness EMS Providers: A Joint Approach Developed by Wilderness EMS Educators, Medical Directors, and Regulators Using a Delphi Approach. Prehospital Emergency Care 2017; 28:1–9
- Hawkins SC, Sempsrott J, Schmidt A. Drowning in a Sea of Misinformation: Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning. Emergency Medicine News June 16, 2017. Available at https://journals.lww.com/em-news/blog/BreakingNews//pages/post.aspx?PostID=377.
- Hawkins SC. Environmental Emergencies, in Caroline’s Care in the Streets, 8e, Pollak A, Aehlert B, Elling B eds. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017
- Hawkins SC, Millin MG, Smith WR. Wilderness Emergency Medical Services, in Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine, 7e, Auerbach PS, ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2017
- Sempsrott J, Schmidt A, Hawkins SC, Cushing T. Submersion Injuries and Drowning, in Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine, 7e, Auerbach PS, ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2017
- Hawkins SC, Millin MG, Smith WR. Care in the Wilderness, in Emergency Medical Services: Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight, 2nd Edition, Vol 2: Medical Oversight of EMS, Cone DC, Brice JH, Delbridge T, Myers JB, eds. 2015: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, pp 377–391
- Millin MG, Hawkins S, Demond T, Stiller G, McGinnis HD, Baker RJ, Smith WR. Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Course: Core Content Developed with Delphi Technique. Wilderness Environ Med 2015; S1080-6032(14)00254-3
- Hawkins SC, Weil C, Baty F, Fitzpatrick D, Rowell. Retrieval of Additional Epinephrine from Auto-injectors. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2013;24(4):434–444
- Hawkins SC. The Relationship Between Ski Patrols and Emergency Medical Services Systems. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2012;23(2):106–111
- Hawkins SC. Wilderness EMS Medical Director Course. Wilderness Medicine magazine 2012;29(1):24
- Hawkins SC. “Principles of Trauma” in Outdoor Emergency Care 5e, McNamara EC, ed. Boston: Brady, 2011
- Hawkins SC. “Wilderness EMS” in Paramedic Practice Today: Above and Beyond, Aehlert B, ed. St. Louis: Mosby-JEMS Elsevier, 2009
- Hawkins SC. The Idea of Order in the Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2009:54(2),298
- Hawkins SC. The Green Machine: Development of a High-efficiency, Low-pollution EMS Response Vehicle. Journal of Emergency Medical Services 2008; 33(7): 108–120
- Hawkins SC, Smeeks F, Hamel J. Emergency Management of Chronic Pain and Drug-seeking Behavior: An Alternate Perspective. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2008; 34(2):125–130
- Hawkins SC, Shapiro AH, Sever AE, Delbridge TR, Mosesso VN. The Role of Law Enforcement Agencies in Out-of-hospital Emergency Care. Resuscitation 2007; 72(3), 386–393
- Hawkins SC. Emergency Medicine Narratives: A Systematic Discussion of Definition and Utility. Academic Emergency Medicine 2004; 11(7):761–765
- "Dear FOOT Leader Alums!" (PDF). Yalecollege.yale.edu. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
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- Craft, Mary-Kathryn (January 16, 1998). "Body + Soul". The Daily Tar Heel. Chapel Hill, NC.
- "2008 Creative Writing Award". Acep.org. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- Hawkins SC. "Emergency Medicine Narratives: A Systematic Discussion of Definition and Utility". Academic Emergency Medicine. 11 (7): 761–765. doi:10.1197/j.aem.2004.01.003.
- "Words Matter: Dusting Off A Time-Honored Tool: Words : Emergency Medicine News". LWW. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- "Dr. Seth Hawkins awarded for community dedication". Morganton News Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
- Farlow S (2009). "Into The Wild". Our State. 76 (8): 84.
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- "Rock Climbing Accident: Climber Fined For Obstructing Rescue". Rock and Ice, September 2, 2014 by Jeff Jackson
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- "Hawkins Named One of EMS Top 10". Morganton News Herald. Morganton, NC. March 23, 2012.
- Cynthia Kincaid. "Blazing A Trail: Wilderness EMS Team Creates EMS Medical Director Course". Journal of Emergency Medical Services EMS 10: Innovators in EMS 2011 Digital Supplement. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Forging a Path". Innovators in EMS 2011, page 22. Supplement to the Journal of Emergency Medicine.
- "The Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship". American College of Emergency Physicians EMS-Prehospital Care Section Newsletter. September 2011.
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- "The Masters". Wilderness Medicine Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- "Go Green in the New Year to Minimize Your environmental Impact". Best Practices in Emergency Services: 138. December 2008.
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- "Hybrids could be the future for greener EMS: two-year study suggests replacement for traditional SUVs". Medscape News. Retrieved December 12, 2011. (login required)
- "Middletown High School Class of '89 grad earns medical award". The Middletown Press. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
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- "ER Doctor Deemed Hero of Emergency Medicine". Morganton News Herald. Washington, DC. March 27, 2008.
- "North Carolina Heroes of Emergency Medicine". American College of Emergency Physicians. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- "Yalie of the Week". Yale Alumni Magazine. Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- "WMS Awards". WMS.org. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- "The Masters". Wilderness Medical Society. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
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- "Dr. Seth Hawkins, Local EMS Externship Honored with National Award". Morganton News Herald. Morganton, NC. June 5, 2018.
- Julie N. Chang (December 18, 2010). "Family builds green home". Morganton News Herald. Morganton, NC.