Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD: Antarctic Station Medical Director
As a world traveler with a passion for medical anthropology, Dr. Kohlstadt has practiced medicine on all seven continents. This includes having served as Antarctic Medical Director at
Palmer Station and McMurdo Station in the late 1990’s. At Palmer Station, named for Nathaniel B. Palmer (usually recognized as the first American to see Antarctica), the maximum population is 46 persons. Her work here assured optimal readiness for medical emergencies. In this photo, Dr. Kohlstadt is pictured with the hardy Antarctic team she lived with for the better part of a year in extreme climate conditions, where temperatures can plummet to -150 degrees with wind chill! At a lecture Dr. Kohlstadt presented, she was jokingly asked, “If that’s the ‘better’ part of a year, what’s the worst?”
Additionally her duties included: Actively preventing injuries using broad public health training, coordinating medical services among civilians, military and internationals, providing clinical care for 1,200 expeditioners at McMurdo, maintaining the telemedicine system, leading initiatives in occupational safety, food inspection, preventive and travel medicine, and maintaining the stations’ pharmacy logistics. Her work also required that she coordinate on-site National Science Foundation research.
For her work “on the ice,” Dr. Kohlstadt received the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America. The Antarctica Service Medal is considered an award of the United States Armed Forces, issued in the name of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is authorized for wear on active duty uniforms. The medal may also be awarded to U.S. civilians.Posted on: March 28, 2015, by : Dr. Kohlstadt