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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITALS RESIDENT JOINS EVEREST TEAM

Janis Tupesis, MD Selected as Team Everest '03 Expedition Physician


For Immediate Release
Contact:
Janis Tupesis, MD, Chicago, IL 312-563-9719
Gary Guller, Expedition Leader, 512-407-8314

AUSTIN - December 16 - Janis P. Tupesis, MD has been selected as lead team physician for the Spring 2003 Team Everest expedition. Team Everest '03 spotlights the potential of people with disabilities and is led by Texas mountaineer Gary Guller. Tupesis will serve as team physician for this historic expedition.

Tupesis received his undergraduate degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute studying how the body's immune system combats cancer. He completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 and is currently doing his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Janis was a member of the 2001 "Anything is Possible" Mt. Everest expedition, treating everything from altitude illness to diarrhea to broken bones.

"Team Everest '03 has a powerful message; it models how society can open the door of opportunity to all people, regardless of their ability or disability. Janis brings to the team enthusiasm for the goals of Team Everest '03 and the ability to professionally deal with any medical problems that may arise," says Guller.

The expedition team leaves for Nepal in March 2003. Guller, a mountaineer who lost his left arm in a climbing accident, will lead a team of individuals with diverse disabilities on the three-week Challenge Trek to Everest Base Camp. He and his climbing team will then attempt the 29,035ft summit. If successful, Guller will become the first person with one arm to summit the world's highest peak.

"This is an exciting and historic event. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that it presents. Gary and the rest of the Team Everest '03 team are an inspiration to us all," says Tupesis.

For more information about Janis Tupesis, Team Everest '03 or the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, please contact Janis Tupesis at (312) 563-9719 or Gary Guller at (512) 407-8314. Visit www.teameverest03.org

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Team Everest Contact:
Gary Guller
Expedition Leader
(512) 407-8314
gguller@teameverest03.org