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Holding it all together. Photo by Jim Stimson.

Michael Karch, M.D.  grew up in Kutztown, PA,  a rural farming community in Central Pennsylvania. He completed his Undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE and then attended Medical School at the  Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.  He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown and then did Fellowship training in Advanced Arthroscopic Skills and Sports Medicine at the Taos Orthopedic Institute in Taos, New Mexico. Mike furthered his training in Trauma and AO Philosophy under the tutelage of AO Master Instructor Jeffrey  Mast, MD.  Mike  specializes in Orthopaedic Trauma, anterior hip replacement, total knee replacement and advanced arthroscopic techniques for the knee. He has served as a Team Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team since 2002 and focuses on Nordic World Cup Events. He has served as personal physician to numerous Olympians and world elite athletes and serves as Team Physician for both the Mammoth Track Club as well as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics medal winning USA Nordic Combined Team.

Dr Karch uniquely experienced the tragic events of September 11th by treating victims of both the Pentagon and Ground Zero sites. He was one of the first physicians on site at Ground Zero and performed search and recovery and established two on site MASH units within the disaster area. His written document on mass casualty at Ground Zero (www.equipped.com/groundzero.htm) was evaluated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as testimony for the re-organization of emergency medical response for the Department of Homeland Security. He is an instructor of Mass Casualty  practical skills and organization for medical personal and  serves as a Domestic and Foreign Disaster Surge Responder with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Mike is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Mammoth Medical Missions, http://www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/ a secular, non-profit  medical missions group providing surgical and Humanitarian Aid in  Third World countries.  Dr. Karch is a co-inventor of Smart Drill Technologies, Inc., innovative and safe drill technology for Orthopaedic surgeons.

Photo by Jim Stimson

In 2006, Mike founded the Mammoth Winter Biathlon which combines nordic ski racing and rifle marksmanship. His race has quickly become the largest citizen Winter Biathlon in North America. Mike currently  serves as Medical Director of  Mammoth Mountain Nordic and Alpine Teams as well as Mammoth Ski Patrol.

Mike is an avid winter biathlete, Masters Nordic ski racer, and triathlete. He has completed over 50 marathons, 5 ironman triathlons, multiple ultra-distance ski, cycle and run events and is a 2 time finisher of the Badwater Ultramarathon 135 mile foot race across Death Valley .  In his spare time, Mike works as a mule packer and guide for backcountry and hunting trips  in the High Sierra at Reds Meadow Pack Station.

Mike’s wife, Kim Escudero, MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician who practices in Mammoth. Together, they have 3 children: Mia, Dane, and Olivia, all of whom were born at Mammoth Hospital http://mammothhospital.com/index.php and all of which are currently members of Mammoth Mountain Nordic and Alpine Teams. Above everything else, Mike’s passion in life is teaching his kids the magic of the  high country in the  Sierra Nevada mountains.