Doctor, 32, The Ony One To Die of Heatstroke in Group of 6 Hikers
Dr. Evan Dishion died after a group of hikers ran out of water and got lost at a trail near Cave Creek in Arizona on Monday afternoon.
In a tweet, Scottsdale Fire Department mistakenly posted that the deceased was “in his 20s.” He was 32.
Scottsdale Fire, with Daisy Mountain, Phoenix Fire and MCSO, responded today to 6 hikers suffering from heat emergencies. One hiker in his 20s was a full code. All were removed from the trails using the MSCO helicopter and transported. #WeCareForYou #HikeRight 1/2 pic.twitter.com/b4o7JqqKiZ
— Scottsdale Fire Department (@ScottsdaleFire) September 5, 2022
Around 1:30 p.m., Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call for possible heat exhaustion at the Spur Cross Trailhead. Deputies and firefighters arrived, and six people were flown to safety.
Deputies say Doctor Dishion was taken to the hospital, but later died. Officials say the five other hikers didn’t need to be taken to the hospital and are expected to be OK.
Dishion graduated from Creighton Medical School in the spring of 2021 and was in his second year of residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Originally from Salem, Oregon, he went to Phoenix to become a neurologist.
The most fascinating endeavor: Neuroscience – Attempting to understand something that has a 100 billion unique units, connected in thousands of ways, all sending 100's of different signals. Paradoxically, it is the brain studying the the brain. #NeuroscienceIs @AANMember pic.twitter.com/2nxGWrXUHd
— Evan Dishion, MD (@EvanDishion) November 13, 2018
The group was about four miles in on the trail when they ran out of water and got lost. Their phones were dead, and they had to borrow someone else’s phone to call 911.
Capt. Dave Folio with Scottsdale Fire said, “When we got out on that trail, the temperature on the asphalt alone was reading 127 off of our truck. I think it was 109 outside, so it was extreme heat. They should have been off the trail three or four hours ago.”
Folio is reminding hikers to bring plenty of water if they plan on hitting the trails. “If you get to half your water, we’re asking people to turn around and go back to the trailhead,” he explained.
Like Southern California since Labor Day weekend, much of Arizona is still under an excessive heat warning.
Dishion is survived by his wife Amy and their three-month-old daughter Chloe.
1. Evan from Salem, OR 🌲⛰🌧
2. Neurocritical care, vascular, and interventional 🏥👨🏼⚕️
3. Hiking 🏞, movies (SciFi, historical) 🍿🎥, personal finance 💳💵💹
— Evan Dishion, MD (@EvanDishion) October 22, 2020
RIP Evan Dishion (1990-2022)
Dr. Bret Stetka, the Medscape editor who died unexpectedly on August 6, was focused on neuroscience and in fact had written a book titled A History of the Human Brain.
Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is the only Catholic medical school campus located west of Omaha.
The Creighton University School of Medicine’s regional campus in Phoenix, Arizona, is located at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute, University of Arizona Cancer Center and a Level I Trauma Center.
Barrow Neurological Institute is the world’s largest neurological disease treatment and research institution, and is consistently ranked as one of the best neurosurgical training centers in the United States.