Jay SHARP, M.D.
Medical DirectorUnited States
Dr. Jay Sharp is the Medical Director at Vituity LLC in Chicago, Illinois. He is another of our Gobi March docs who definitely “walks the walk” as far as the outdoors goes. Dr. Jay is an avid diver, road biker, hiker and mountaineer. He’s also a family man, enjoying frequent hikes with his wife Anna and three kids. The Gobi March (Mongolia) 2024 represents the seventh RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts assignment for the Chicago-based medic and fifth time as the Medical Director. With his professional and personal interest in all things wild, Dr. Jay is just the kind of guy we like to have around. His love of the outdoors began as a young child and has flourished through adulthood. Like all our medical team, Jay successfully combines a passion for adventure with the special skills needed to save lives in hostile environments. After completing a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, he went on to medical school and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago followed by a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University Emergency Department. Jay’s professional focus has been on search and rescue, backcountry medicine, and dive medicine. We sincerely hope Dr. Jay never has to use all that specialist knowledge out in the Gobi Desert, but it’s reassuring to have people of his calibre watching everyone’s back.
Savannah CHAVEZ, M.D.
Medical Doctor / Medical ResearcherUnited States
Dr. Savannah Chavez is an emergency physician currently doing a fellowship in both wilderness medicine and clinical ultrasound. Dr. Chavez received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2020. Dr Savannah has participated on the medical and volunteer teams for other ultramarathons. Her interests include wilderness education, hiking, mountaineering, climbing, art and video games. Dr. Savannah will be the point person for a medical research project being conducted at the Gobi March (Mongolia) 2024.
Mindy LIPSITZ, M.D.
Medical DoctorUnited States
Hailing from Bend, Oregon, Mindy loves all things ultrarunning (including smelly blistered feet :). Dr. Mindy is originally from Alabama, where she got her start in trail running and eventually ultrarunning. This turned into a passion that carried her through medical school at the University of Alabama, residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and now into her career in central Oregon. Dr Mindy loved her past experience with RacingThePlanet at the Atacama Crossing 2022, and is eager to volunteer at the Gobi March (Mongolia) 2024.
William GALVIN, M.D.
Medical DoctorUnited States
Dr. Will Galvin from the United States is an Emergency Medicine Physician and the current fellow for Wilderness and Austere Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine of Dartmouth College. The Gobi March (Mongolia) 2024 is Will's second race with RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts, after serving as a part of the medical team for RacingThePlanet: Lapland 2022. Will is excited to continue working with such an amazing race team and inspiring athletes.
Stefania BRAVI, M.D.
Dr. Stefania Bravi joins us from Italy for her first RacingThePlanet / 4 Deserts race at the Gobi March (Mongolia) 2024. Stefania works as a medical doctor which has taken her to many places through collaboration with MSF / Doctors Without Borders. She's worked in Spain, USA, India, and most recently worked an assignment in rural Yemen at the Addahi hospital. Stefania is used to high intensity and stressful environments, as well as remote and challenging environments. Stefania's experience in the field and adaptability will make a fine addition to this year's medical team.