About Crisis Medicine

Mike Shertz, MD/18D

Practicing Emergency Medicine Physician

Mike Shertz, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician practicing in one of the busiest emergency departments in Oregon. He serves as a founding member of the Guidelines Committee for the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

Fire Service

Additionally, Dr. Shertz holds a sub-specialty board certification in Emergency Medical Services and serves as the medical director for the Hillsboro Fire Department in Oregon, as well as several other private corporations.

Law Enforcement

He holds a law enforcement commission with the multi-jurisdictional Washington County Sherriff’s Office Tactical Negotiations Team and runs a tactical medic program which is embedded in the TNT team.

US Army Special Forces

He is a former US Army Special Forces Medic (18D) with over ten years experience in that role.

International Medicine

Dr. Shertz’s unique background and credentials also include a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (earned at the Gorgas Course in Peru), as well as a Certification of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health.


In the last thirty years, Dr. Shertz has trained thousands of private citizens, first responders in law enforcement, fire, and EMS in casualty management in high risk and tactical environments. Dr. Shertz’s expertise has made him a sought-after instructor in far-flung locations as he has taught soldiers, host-nationals, and physicians in North America, Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa.

“Crisis Medicine trains students to quickly identify and treat immediately life-threatening injuries during a high-risk environment and avoid unnecessary loss of life”

Mike Shertz, MD/18D