Dr Matt Wilkes

Dr Matt Wilkes


  • Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine
  • Registrar in Anaesthesia and Critical Care (South-East Scotland)
  • Director, Adventure Medic Ltd


  • Excellence in Remote Medicine Award (WEM, 2014)
  • Nick Gordon Research Medal (EESSA, 2011)
  • Distinction in MBChB (University of Edinburgh, 2007)


  • Registrar in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Edinburgh
  • Founder and Director of Adventure Medic magazine.
  • Lead Doctor/Medical Advisor on a number of high altitude expeditions


Matt is currently leading The Free Flight Physiology Project: a multidisciplinary bid to use novel telemetry to investigate the physiology, cognitive performance and safety of pilots during free flight.


  • Wilkes M. Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter (ONSD) in relation to cerebral altitude illness. Dissertation for the Master of Clinical Sciences in Mountain Medicine. University of Leicester, 2016.
  • Wilkes M. Flying High: Altitude, Hypoxia and Safety. Cross Country. 2016 Feb-Mar; 167:57-64.
  • Mellor A, Dodds N, Joshi R et al. Faculty of Prehospital Care Consensus Guidelines Guidelines for Medical Provision for Wilderness Medicine. Extrem Physiol Med. 2015 Dec 1;4-22.
  • Wilkes M, Simpson A, Knox M, Summers L. Kilimanjaro Score for assessing fitness to fly paragliders at high altitude. High Alt Med Biol. 2013 Sep;14(3):304-7.


Matt has worked as an anaesthetist in the UK, New Zealand and Nepal; a researcher in New York and the Bolivian Andes and a Flight Physician in East Africa with the AMREF Flying Doctors. Matt completed his MSc in Mountain Medicine in 2016 with merit, which focused on the pathophysiology of cerebral altitude illness. He is also hugely passionate about flying paragliders!

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