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Tracy Cushing, MD, MPH

​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Em​ergency Medicine

Contact information

Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Cushing is the director of the Wilderness Medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado and is interested in graduate medical education in wilderness medicine, altitude physiology, dive medicine, and travel/expedition medicine. She serves as the medical director for Colorado Outward Bound School and co-directs the Introduction to and Advanced Wilderness Medicine electives at CU School of Medicine. Her academic focus is on editorial work and writing; she is the associate editor of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, the journal of the Wilderness Medical Society, and will be serving as associate editor for the seventh edition of Auerbachs Wilderness Medicine textbook.
Degree Year ​Focus
Tufts University, Medford, MA B.A. 1997
​Clinical Psychology
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY M.D. 2002 Doctor of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA ​2007 ​Emergency Medicine Residency
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA M.P.H. 2008 ​Health Policy and Management
​Massachusetts General Hosptial, Boston, MA 2010​ ​Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Funded Projects


Other Projects

  • Associate Editor - Wilderness and Environmental Medicine


  • Chair - Practice Guidelines Committee - Wilderness Medical Society


  • Director - Wilderness Medicine Fellowship


  • Co-Director - EMED 6624 and 8030 Introduction to and Advanced Wilderness Medicine at CU School of Medicine


  • Medical Director - Colorado Outward Bound School


  • Board of Directors - Wilderness Medical Society


  • Associate Editor - 7th Ed. Auerbachs Wilderness Medicine
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Selected Publications (10 out of 46)

  • McIntosh SE, Cushing T, Keyes LE. Remember empathy. Wilderness Environ Med.
    2014 Mar;25(1):1. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2014.01.001. Epub 2014 Jan 17. PubMed PMID:


  • Cushing T, Paterson R, Haukoos J, Harris NS. Intraocular pressure is not
    associated with acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol. 2013 Dec;14(4):342-5.
    doi: 10.1089/ham.2013.1024. PubMed PMID: 24377341.


  • Cushing T, Quinn R. WMS practice guidelines development: commentary from the
    co-chairs of the WMS Practice Guidelines Committee. Wilderness Environ Med. 2013
    Dec;24(4):307-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2013.08.004. Epub 2013 Oct 16. PubMed PMID:


  • McIntosh SE, Cushing T, Keyes LE. Wilderness medicine and working knowledge.
    Wilderness Environ Med. 2013 Sep;24(3):185-6. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2013.06.002.
    PubMed PMID: 24041481.
  • Chairmans Award for Interdepartmental Collaboration, University of Colorado - Department of Emergency Medicine, 2010