Dr. Kevin Spencer is a medical doctor and mechanical engineer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Spencer currently practices as a full-time Emergency Physician at Dartmouth General Hospital, and also serves as the Director of Simulation Education at Dartmouth General, and Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University in the Faculty of Medicine.
A typical day in the emergency department involves multitasking and troubleshooting in order to deal with a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and crisis situations. Calculated decisions often need to be made rapidly and with limited information.
Dr. Spencer is also founder and President of KDS Medical Engineering Inc., a Biotechnology startup company based out of Nova Scotia that designs medical devices and equipment, and also offers consulting services to medical, engineering, and space industries. Through KDS Medical Engineering, we created the Division of Innovation for Space Health, which later became a dedicated space health company named Leap Biosystems Inc., and which has experts from across Canada that innovate the next-generation medical technologies and astronaut medical training platforms needed to support upcoming human space exploration initiatives. Dr. Spencer is also President and co-founder of Ring Rescue Inc., a medical device startup company that invented a device to help remove rings stuck from swollen fingers. Ring Rescue has reached international markets in both the medical and jewelry industries.
Dr. Spencer completed medical school at Dalhousie University in 2009, Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 2011, and holds the CCFP(EM) Certificate in Emergency Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Spencer completed EMT-P training in Pittsburgh, and also worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic with EHS during medical school.
Dr. Spencer completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 2000 and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Nova Scotia. Broad engineering work experiences include Offshore Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, and Fiber Optics, with companies ranging from startups to large corporations.
Dr. Spencer was also one of 72 finalists in the 2016/2017 Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Recruitment Campaign, an application process that started in the summer of 2016 with 3772 initial applicants, for 2 Astronaut positions that were filled in the summer of 2017.
Dr. Spencer's recreational interests include outdoor adventure pursuits, such as surfing, windsurfing, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Highlights include completing treks to Nepal's Mount Everest Base Camp and around the 220km Annapurna Circuit.