Theodore Macnow, MD grew up outside Philadelphia. He attended undergraduate and medical school at Tufts University. He completed a pediatrics residency at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City and a pediatric emergency fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He currently works as a pediatric emergency medicine physician at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. He has published research on carbon monoxide poisoning in youth ice hockey players and management of carbon monoxide in the pediatric emergency medicine department. After giving a lecture on medical emergencies on commercial flights many times over five years, he was asked to serve in his first midair medical emergency on a flight last February from Boston to Mexico.