Dr. Robert Ripley grew up in Alaska, attended the College of Idaho, and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. A graduate of the Geisinger Emergency Medicine Residency, Rob has nearly 30 years of emergency room experience and currently practices emergency medicine in Central Oregon for the St. Charles Medical Group.
Over the years, Dr. Rob has found himself using his skills in extreme and austere environments all over the globe: including refugee camps in Uganda, bush villages in Papua New Guinea, a high altitude clinic in Pheriche, Nepal, and the upper reaches of Denali. Dr. Rob enjoys cycling, running, hiking, skiing and walking in the woods with his wife Nancy and their unruly dogs. Recently, Rob took two of his hobbies into the sport of duathlon, a run-bike-run event, and managed to win his age group (we are not saying which age group that is!) in the US National Championships. Rob went on to get an age-group 4th at the Duathlon World championships, despite falling off his bike and breaking 2 bones in his hand before the race. Dr. Rob is Medical Director for the Sahara Race (Namibia) 2018. It is his sixth time on a 4 Deserts medical team.