Saturday, June 17

10 am - 11 am: TBD


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2 pm - 3 pm: Diving Medicine Research Panel

Diving Medicine Research Panel
Richard Moon, MD; Jay Dean, PhD; Jim Chimiak, MD

About the Lecture:

About the Speakers:

Richard Moon, MD: 
moonProfessor of Anesthesiology;
Medical Director, Hyperbaric Center;
Professor of Medicine;
Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine:
Research interests include the study of cardiorespiratory function in humans exposed to environmental conditions ranging from 200 feet of seawater depth to high altitude, gas exchange during diving, the pathophysiology of high altitude pulmonary edema, the effect of anesthesia and postoperative analgesia on pulmonary function and monitoring of tissue oxygenation. Ongoing human studies include mechanisms of immersion pulmonary edema and the effect of chemosensitivity on postoperative ventilation and gas exchange.

Jay Dean, PhD:
DeanProfessor, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
PhD, Physiology, Ohio State University
MS, Respiration Physiology, Michigan Technological University
BS, Biology, Central Michigan University
We study the effects of O2, CO2 and barometric pressure on the function of the mammalian CNS, with an emphasis on the cardio-respiratory and gastro-esophageal control systems. Ongoing research focuses on understanding how hyperoxia and hypercapnia interact to generate reactive O2 and N2 species that, in turn, activate neuronal activity in the brain stem. This research has relevance to understanding normal and abnormal function in cardio-respiratory control during periods of disordered breathing, environmental stresses, and in understanding neurological problems arising from the use of hyperoxia in clinical medicine and combat operations. We are particularly interested in the following: 1) neurophysiology of CNS oxygen toxicity (seizures); 2) understanding how CO2 and H-ions are “sensed” by chemoreceptor neurons in the caudal brain stem; and 3) understanding how gastro-esophageal CO2 ventilation supplements pulmonary ventilation during chronic respiratory acidosis.

Jim Chimiak, MD:
dan james chimiak m.dDr. James M. Chimiak is an anesthesiologist in Morganton, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UNC Health Blue Ridge and Catawba Valley Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  He is a triple board certified physician (in hyperbaric medicine, anesthesiology and chronic pain management), Chimiak is the medical director at Divers Alert Network (DAN), where he oversees DAN’s emergency management and medical operations. He also provides oversight for DAN’s first-aid training programs and is the liaison to the DAN Physician Network and visiting hyperbaric fellows.  In addition to his work at DAN, Chimiak is an anesthesiologist at Blueridge Healthcare and a clinical professor at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Throughout his career he has worked to improve patient care in remote and challenging environments including diving, aviation, aerospace and the military. He has been recognized for his work by Duke University as well as his peers in the industry and has received numerous U.S. Navy and Presidential Unit Commendations



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