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What we do

Aeromedical Retrieval and Critical Care Transport

BEAR is the retrieval medicine arm of BearBadger. We specialize in the creation of critical-care patient retrieval systems across aeronautical (fixed-wing and rotary) and ground-based platforms. Through intense course-based and on-site training we create the capacity for governments and hospital systems to undertake the retrieval of critically-ill and injured patients from austere environments.


We have successfully carried out critical-care evacuation from some of the most remote and high-altitude locations in the world while teaching others to do the same.

BADGER represents the expeditionary medicine side of BearBadger. We are expert in high-altitude medicine and the provision of emergency care in austere and remote settings unable to be reached by helicopter. Our team combines high levels of physical fitness with cutting edge medicine and operational experience in diverse settings. 


BADGER possesses the expertise to assist with high-risk cartographic and geographic expeditions. Our team undertook high-altitude mountain expeditions to survey and establish helicopter landing sites and catchment areas to allow for mountain rescue for the government of Bhutan and the World Health Organization. 

Expeditionary Medicine
About us
What we do

About us

BearBadger is a physician-led team founded by Dr. Charles Haviland Mize and Dr. Michael Kellner.  We are passionate about extending the reach of medicine to support human endeavor and are determined to push the boundaries of what is possible in the delivery of remote, pre-hospital critical care.

BearBadger grew from work in the Himalaya, where Dr. Mize and Dr. Kellner created Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval, the Kingdom of Bhutan’s critical-care helicopter rescue service.  The success of that endeavor led to the creation of the Kingdom’s mountain rescue team and then to retrieval projects in other countries, where BearBadger has helped to establish rescue in austere circumstances where success requires fortitude, precision and technical expertise.

Born in the Himalaya, BearBadger now works with governments and health care systems around the world to extend and improve critical care retrieval systems and to support high-risk expeditions in challenging environments.

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Coauthors: Charley Shimanski and Dr. Mize

New editions of Mountain Rescue Association's foundational textbooks now available!

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