Director, Office of Wilderness Medicine

Research and Clinical Interests
- Wilderness medicine
- Airway management
- COVID-19 public health surveillance


Dr. Walter Schrading has been practicing emergency medicine and teaching emergency medicine residents for over 34 years. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2015. In addition to his clinical and teaching duties, he is the Director of the Office of Wilderness Medicine and is supervising the Wilderness Medicine Track within the EM residency program. This track allows interested residents opportunities for additional experience in the field of wilderness medicine and will encourage them to align their residency requirements with wilderness topics or projects. He runs the Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course and a Wilderness Medicine Special Topics course for the UAB medical students. He also presents nationally at Wilderness Medicine conferences. In addition to the practice of medicine in austere environments, his interests and expertise also include emergency airway management/alternative airway devices and public health surveillance. He has extensive experience mentoring residents and medical students. In 2022, Dr. Schrading was honored with a certificate from the American Board of Emergency Medicine recognizing his 30 years of Emergency Medicine Certification. He serves on the UAB Institutional Review Board for Human Use.


American Board of Emergency Medicine


Medical School
University of Pittsburgh

Geisinger Medical Center - Emergency Medicine