J. Tyler Van Backer, MD was born and raised in Vermont, where he attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a BS in Neuroscience. Throughout his undergraduate training he was active in EMS, volunteering and working for four ambulance services and conducted research on taste perception in mice. He continued his education at UVM for medical school while continuing to work in EMS. He then matched at Albany Medical Center for General Surgery. When away from the hospital, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Natasha, two daughters, and golden retriever. As a family, they enjoy hiking, swimming in Lake Ontario (especially their dog), and traveling.