Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency and Retrieval Medicine and is the lead clinician for Scotland's Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. This national service deploys a consultant led team by helicopter, plane or response car to stabilise patients with life threatening injuries and illnesses in small remote and rural hospitals or at the scene of their accident.
Stephen and colleagues from EMRS deliver the annual international Retrieval Conference and he led the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh team developing the new Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine. He has produced over twenty peer reviewed publications and book chapters relating to emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.
Stephen has provided medical support to seven international expeditions, working in remote arctic, mountain, desert and jungle environments. He founded the first Expedition Medicine course in the UK and has been a member of Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team, since 1997.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Colleges of Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Physicians and of the Royal Geographical Society.