dana Levin

founder and director

Dana is an Assistant Professor of Emergency and Aerospace Medicine at Columbia University in New York City and the Systems Engineering and Integration Physician for NASA’s Exploration Medical Capabilities Research Element. He is also Co-Founder of the University of Colorado Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Program.

He started the Exploration Medicine podcast to share some of the fascinating work and stories done by researchers and practitioners in the field.

His exploration work includes altitude research in the Himalayas;  technical SCUBA diving and nautical archeology; medical support and research in Antarctica; supporting the record breaking Equal Playing Field football game from the summit of Kilimanjaro; supporting commercial spacecraft launches and landings; and designing medical systems for NASA’s upcoming deep space missions.

Dana has taught classes in extreme environment medicine and physiology with Weil Cornell University, the Wilderness Medical Society, the University of Texas, The Himalayan Rescue Association, the University of Colorado, New York Medical College, and Columbia University.

His research focuses on medical systems optimization, medical education, simulation based training, altitude sickness, and spatial disorientation.

In his spare time he flies planes, SCUBA dives, writes songs, and plays in a New York City based blues band. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, rock climbing, telling stories, and social dancing.


Sultana Peffley

Public Relations director

Sultana Peffley, M.D., is an Anesthesiology resident at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  Sultana went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB), Texas, where she was first introduced to the fascinating field of Aerospace Medicine.  While at UTMB she completed the Aerospace Medicine Track Certification in addition to her required graduate medical courses.  Her academic interests include: cardiothoracic anesthesiology, human factors, and of course human physiology in altered pressure environments.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, star gazing, playing tennis, traveling, and socializing. 


Emily Stratton

Content Advisor and editor 

Emily handles the social media side of the Exploration Medicine podcast. Hailing from the beautiful state of Washington, Emily currently lives in Syracuse, New York where she is an emergency medicine resident
physician at the State University of New York Upstate medical university.

She is very interested in the field of aerospace medicine and is the current secretary of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization. She was the recipient of the Gregory G. Shaskan, MD Aerospace Medicine Education Scholarship to attend the Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine course during the summer of 2016. During this course, she was able to complete the UTMB Indoctrination Training Course that included a 25,000 foot altitude chamber flight at NASA Johnson Space Center.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys staying active, traveling, trying out new foods, writing/reading, and spending time with her animals.


Jeremy Sieker

content Advisor and Editor

Jeremy is an MD/PhD student at the University of California, San Diego. A Rocky Mountain native with a love for the outdoors, aviation, and invention, he is pursuing a career in wilderness and aerospace medicine. Before entering medical school, he conducted research at NASA Johnson Space Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor University, and The Scripps Research Institute. His independent method and instrument prototyping projects at BU and TSRI have resulted in the de novo development of bioreactors for algae and bacterial biofilm in addition to two novel R statistical software packages. Apart from his academic pursuits, he is an avid wingsuiter, scuba diver, skydiving coach, rock climber, mountain-climber, musician, and private pilot in-training. 


Naomi Shanzer 

website and graphics design

Naomi is a professional artists and graphic designer based in Philadelphia, PA. her art focuses on a visual exploration of the surreal applied to the mundane. She has always been enthusiastic about space and education and was thrilled for the opportunity to lend her eye to the exploration medicine project

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