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Highly regarded by peers and patients alike, Dr. Christopher Sidford is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine with over twenty years’ experience at leading medical institutions. Before founding Black Bag, he was an attending physician with the world-renowned Lahey Clinic. He started his career at Boston City Hospital, where he graduated from the hospital’s “knife and gun club,” the residency program for emergency physicians.

A U.S. Navy officer, Dr. Sidford served as faculty member of the Emergency Medicine Residency training program in San Diego before traveling overseas. The Mojave Desert and the Arctic Circle were just some of the locations that challenged Dr. Sidford to teach and practice emergency medicine in remote and difficult conditions. Later, he helped to open a nuclear-, chemical-, and biological-proof hospital on the island of Sicily.

Upon returning to the United States, he joined the faculty at Brown University, where he taught emergency medicine and served as attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sidford providing emergency medical support for NATO troops during amphibious operations at the Arctic Circle.

He is a fellow with the American College of Emergency Medicine, and volunteers at IMEC (International Medical Equipment Collaborative), an organization dedicated to providing third-world nations with millions of dollars’ worth of used medical equipment.

Dr. Sidford received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University in 1982, and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1987.


An expert in medical evacuations, Dr. Elaine M. Rancatore is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency medicine physician. In practice for over 16 years, Dr. Rancatore served as both the Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Stroke Center at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. She currently serves as a flight physician for National Air Ambulance, providing medical transport for patients from Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Rancatore is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University. She has a long, distinguished career as an educator of medical students, residents, allied health professionals, and pre-hospital providers. Most recently, she volunteers as a health educator for high school students, for which she developed a novel nutrition and health education program for teenagers.

Dr. Rancatore received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University in 1980, her master’s degree in Anatomy from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1982, and her Doctor of Osteopathy from UMDNJ-New Jersey School Osteopathic Medicine in 1988.


With over 17 years of experience as a board-certified, emergency medicine physician, Dr. John Siefert has a wealth of experience in extremely varied settings. As a Naval Officer, Captain Siefert was deployed worldwide, including the Mediterranean, the Far East, and the Middle East.

A Flight Surgeon by training, Dr. Seifert has experience with various types of aircraft and understands medical evacuation concerns. In 2004, while deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, he directed the medical care and evacuation of critically ill combat casualties. In recognition of his service and accomplishments, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also trained as a Surface Warfare Medical Officer, and was responsible for the medical care aboard the USS ESSEX home-ported in Sasebo, Japan during and following 9/11.

Dr. Siefert is on the teaching faculty of the Emergency Medicine residency program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, one of the largest Naval hospitals in the world. During active duty, he served as chief of staff, among other responsibilities. He now trains future physicians, as well as developing and implementing future technologies in the field of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Siefert is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Honor Society. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biochemistry in 1981, and earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Healthcare Sciences (USUHS) in 1985.

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