Team Member

Laura Kates

Emergency Physician

United States

Laurie is an American Board Certified Emergency Physician who trained at Stanford University and has spent time working in a variety of clinical settings from academic trauma centers to a rural clinic in the Himalayas before settling in to Seattle where she practices community emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente. Outside of practicing medicine, Laurie loves to run reasonable distances, ski, kayak and cook. Laurie is excited to return to the medical team for her 7th race over the past decade (!) starting with Vietnam in 2008 and followed by Atacama 2010, Sahara-Egypt 2010, Nepal 2011, Iceland 2013, and Antarctica 2014. Laurie says "the friendships I've made through Racing the Planet are some of the strongest I have. I can't wait to get to New Zealand! Oh, and I love blisters."