Benjamin N. Abo DO, EMT-P, EMTT
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Medical Director of Gainesville Fire Rescue – Technical Rescue
Assistant Medical Director Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue
Medical Team Manager, FEMA/Miami-Dade Fire Rescue FL Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)
Medical Director, Venom One & Venom 2 Venom Response Units
Medical Direcor, Gator Emergency Medical Response Unity (GEMRU)
Prior to joining UF and with an undergraduate degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, he went on to graduate from medical school at Touro University in California. With almost 20 years of international emergency medicine/EMS experience, Ben remains active in research, education, speaking engagements, and consulting. His strong interest in international emergency medicine has lead him to a career as an EM and EMS physician, and he finished his residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai in Miami Beach & Ryder Trauma Center. Currently, Dr. Abo serves as Assistant Medical Director for Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, Medical Director of City College EMS programs and is one of the only four instructors for the Wilderness EMS Medical Directors Course. Clinically beyond residency, Ben has remained active with FL-5 DMAT disaster team, Miami Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force 1 & Miami Beach Fire Rescue, Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship, and Burke County Emergency Services in North Carolina. Ben is also the executive director of iiSES (International Institute of Sustainability in Emergency Services), and co-founder of FLoWMA (Florida Wilderness Medical Association). Dr. Abo’s research interests include anything EMS, EMS for children, international EM/EMS, mentorship, resiliency and sustainability in emergency services, disaster medicine, educational and experiential processes, wilderness/austere medicine and technical rescue practices.