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Meet The Host(s)


Andrew C. Krakowski, M.D.

Andrew C. Krakowski, M.D.

Dr. K is the host of the boonDOCS Wilderness & Travel Medicine show on Outdoor Channel. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and, subsequently, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, in Baltimore, MD. In 2004, he founded the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's wilderness medicine program, a course that continues to take place at Catoctin Mountain National Park, in Thurmont, MD. In 2006, Dr. Krakowski moved to San Diego to pursue a career in the sub-specialty of pediatric dermatology at the Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Outside of the hospital, Dr. K regularly hosts a wilderness medicine show on XM/Sirius satellite radio (ReachMD's Channel 160). He has worked extensively in the field of environmental health and was awarded LINKS magazine's "Environmental Stewardship Award," in 1998, after helping to transform an 800-acre golf course in New Jersey into a certified Audubon International Sanctuary - the first such property in the state. He also founded and directed a nonprofit medical recycling program known as Remedy in Philly, which distributed over $2 million worth of supplies to developing nations of the Third World.

Dr. Krakowski has served as an elected member of the Ethics Committee at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, and he is a member in good standing of numerous professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. He does not support the notion of formal certification in wilderness medicine training, choosing, instead, to rely on knowledge, adaptability, and experience as true measures of an individual's preparedness. He is widely published in the medical literature, and he is an invited chapter author for the upcoming version of Paul Auerbach's classic textbook, Wilderness Medicine.

When he gets the opportunity, Dr. K enjoys combining his love of the outdoors with his newfound interest in sailing. He lives in the Sunset Cliffs area of Point Loma, CA with his wife and their black Labrador puppy, Guinness.


DJ Phalen

DJ Phalen

DJ Phalen is the chief field operative for boonDOCS and one of its medicine instructors. In addition to his full time job as a clinical supervisor at a trauma center in San Diego, he is a nationally registered EMT-1 who keeps his skills honed as a member of the elite medical unit of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team. DJ is also trained and certified in technical rescue, swift water rescue, tactical medicine, mountain rescue, high altitude medicine, disaster medicine, and sports injury prevention. He also remains active serving as a medic with the federal disaster medical team, DMAT CA-4.

Whether traversing the desert country of California, fishing in the Ozarks, or simply walking the local trails with his family, DJ is acutely aware of the hazards that can pop-up in the outdoors, and is always looking for the safest, most proven ways to deal with them. Outside of the hospital, DJ enjoys taking his wife and two young daughters on frequent outdoor trips (or just around their 6 acre mountain property). He is an avid trail-runner, hiker, and general outdoor adventurist, and he subscribes to the principles of Leave No Trace. DJ also keeps busy as a Muay Thai instructor! He holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Health (with high honors) and is currently working on his Masters in Homeland Security (Disaster and Terrorism Concentration).


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