Dr. Florian Schmitzberger
Medical Director, Rapid Response Team

Dr. Schmitzberger has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Computation as well as a Master of Science in Bioinformatics from Stanford University. He served in the Austrian Military as a medic. He completed his medical studies at the Charité University in Berlin where he also received his scientific doctorate. He is currently an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan and a fellow for resuscitation science. He holds a fellowship of the academy of wilderness medicine. He is the associate medical director for the Genesee county Sheriff’s department paramedic division, serving Flint, Michigan. He has extensive experience in international medicine, having been active as team leader, medic and physician in numerous conflict regions (Burmese civil war, Syrian conflict, Afghanistan war, Venezuelan crisis, Ukraine war) as well as in medical civil actions in other regions.


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Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed and was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine.

Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was the bedrock of GRM, serving as Board President for 4 years. In January, Pete stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed while rendering aid.

This is a stark reminder of the perils rescue and aid workers face in conflict zones as they serve citizens caught in the crossfire. Pete was just 33 years old, but lived a life in service of others, first as a decorated US Marine and then in humanitarian aid. GRM will strive to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced.

We fully support Pete’s family, friends, and colleagues during this devastating time.