University of California, Irvine
Algaze is a natural adventurer who acquired a taste for exploring and a passion for nature early in life. She earned her bachelors degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico's Rio Piedras Campus, and her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Algaze also completed a two-year fellowship in wilderness medicine from Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Algaze is trained in primary hyperbaric medicine, avalanche medicine and mountain medicine (DiMM), and serves as an emergency medical teams coordinator for the Pan-American Health Organization. She joined in the relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and she has worked in multiple sport events (cycling, hockey, snowboarding and free-skiing) as the site physician.
Algaze also has traveled with field experts and explorers to numerous countries and locations as the expedition doctor for TCS World Travel, and National Geographic's expeditions. As part of her fellowship training, she spent three months in a remote aid post at 14,500 feet in the Khumbu region of Nepal, serving as site physician for locals, trekkers and climbers while she researched cognition in altitude and its relationship to altitude sickness. She is currently studying the physiology of children in altitude in collaboration with the University of British Columbia.
Algaze also cared for one of the two patients first diagnosed Irukandji-like syndrome in Puerto Rico, and been awarded NIH funding with University of Hawaii researchers, to conduct a clinical trial comparing box jellyfish sting first aid approaches. She has also worked for the Divers Alert Network.
Her clinical and research interests include wilderness medicine, hyperbaric medicine, dive medicine, expedition medicine, global medicine and humanitarian aid. Her goal is to continue to provide quality care to her patients and to expand knowledge in the fields of emergency and wilderness medicine. She is excited to launch and serve as the director of UCI's new Wilderness Medicine Fellowship with her first fellow starting this academic year.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM