Lead Instructor

Gavin Dawson

Gavin Dawson

Lead Instructor


As a lead instructor and founder of Global Emergency Medics, Gavin teaches wilderness medicine courses to people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets. He has a unique ability to educate his diverse range of students from teenagers, to those who speak English as their third language, to guides and medics who have spent their lifetime in the outdoors. Regardless of who shows up to class, Gavin is guaranteed to find a connection to that individual and teach in a way that is understandable, exciting, and personally relatable. Gavin is also the founder of Global Emergency Medics, which was started as a way to bring wilderness medicine training courses to those in need throughout all corners of the world.


Gavin Dawson is a board certified Physician Assistant, specializing in Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, and Wilderness Medicine. He is the founder of the medical education company Global Emergency Medics, a Lead Instructor of wilderness medicine courses, and a dedicated researcher to the ever expanding world of psychedelic medicine. After double majoring with honors at the University of Colorado in Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology plus a minor in Philosophy, he went on to complete his graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Gavin wrote his Capstone Thesis on Ketamine and its Emerging Role in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders and now serves as a ketamine researcher.


Gavin brings a varied background in multiple different healing modalities to each patient he works with. With a decade of teaching medical courses in 15+ countries and 5 continents, Gavin formed a unique ability to connect with individuals of all walks of life. He honed in the skill of formulating care plans to be both understandable and achievable for any patient he encountered.


Gavin’s ability to create an environment of trust and support in a medical setting, anywhere in the world, truly sets him apart in the world of medicine. He brings a strong and steady foundation to any situation which allows him to explore, remain inquisitive, and unlock the tools necessary to truly heal. Gavin is a true team player who thrives working in collaboration with his patients, always remaining focused on empowering his patients to take charge of their own health and to find vitality.


When Gavin is not assisting patients, you can find him anywhere outdoors, skiing in the Rocky Mountains, surfing the coast of California, climbing, practicing yoga, and quenching his endless thirst for traveling the world.


Global Emergency Medics- Boulder, CO.

Bespoke Treatment- LA

(Emergency Medicine at) Southern California Hospital- Culver City, CA


Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Psychedelic Medicine, Psychiatry


Years of Experience: 10-15yrs of experience teaching in wilderness medicine environments including, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, Finland, and throughout the US.


Certifications: AAIRE- Avy 1 (avalanche cert), PADI- Rescue Diver (Scuba), WEMT (Wildernes EMT)


Memberships: AAPA- Academy of phsyician assistants, ASKP3- The American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners (ASKP3), SEMPA- Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, WMS- Wilderness Medical Society


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University of Washington School of Medicine- MEDEX Northwest for PA school

University of Colorado- for undergrad

Thesis: Ketamine and its Emerging Role in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

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