Diving Sciences Symposium

The Diving Sciences Symposium brings subject matter experts in the fields of Dive Medicine, Dive Technology and Dive Safety. All members of the Diving community who attend will gain insight and the most up to date information on pertinent topics. The information will be per- tinent to you as a Recreational, Technical, Public Safety, Scientific, Commercial or Military Diver.  5.5 Hours of Category One CME has been approved through the Undersea and Hyper- baric Medicine Society.  Early Registration is highly suggested, late registration is accepted. The program will begin Friday March 23rd 2018 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Sign in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and lecture begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be included. We will conclude at 4 p.m.


Questions should be directed to David Charash at dcharash@aol.com or divemedicineandhyperbaricconsultants.com

Fee $85


David Charash DO, CWS,FACEP,FUHM
Dive Medicine and Hyperbaric Consultants
Dr Charash is a Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.  He is actively engaged in the practice of Diving and Hyper- baric Medicine.

Abstract- We will define what is an aging Diver. An attempt to answer the question, How old is too old.  An overview of age related in- creased risks in diving will be reviewed. Common medical condition as well as medial evaluation of the aging diver will be discussed. Objectives:

  • Understand the many issues related to the aging diver
  • Special focus will be on understanding risk in diving as we age
  • Emphasis on reducing that risk as we continue to dive as we age



Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PHD
Dr Buzzacott MPH, PhD is Director of Injury Monitoring and Prevention at Divers Alert Network.

Abstract- An overview of diving fatalities will be reviewed.  Understanding the trends in diving fatalities can increase our awareness of potential risk.  The relationship between oxygen toxicity and central nervous system toxicity


  • Describe the epidemiological trend in diving fatalities over the last 30 years.
  • Estimate the number of deaths per 100,000 divers per year, or per million scuba dives.
  • Describe the prevalence of fatal Central Nervous System oxygen toxicity seizures in recreational nitrox divers.
  • Compare this with the prevalence of fatal Central Nervous System oxygen toxicity seizures in recreational cave divers.



Michael Rothschild MD
Michael Rothschild MD is a Board Certified Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Clinical Professor and Director of Pediatric Otolaryngol- ogy at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Abstract- Dr Rothschild will give an overview of common Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions divers face of descent and of ascent. As otic barotrauma is the most common medical complaint divers experience, thus is a must attend lecture.


  • Describe the most common ENT conditions of descent
  • Describe the most common ENT conditions of ascent
  • Differentiate common ENT conditions from that of decompression Illness



Lieutenant Parenteau MD/JD USN
Michael Parenteau MD/JD is an Undersea Medical Officer at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute (NUMI).  He teaches physicians early in their careers how to care for Submariners and Navy Divers around the world. In addition Lt. Parenteau acts as legal adviser to his organization.

Abstract- A greater understanding of the medical and legal aspects of diving will be reviewed.  As a diver we have both ethical and legal responsibilities to safely dive. Our subject matter expert will use real dive cases to illustrate key issues.


  • Understand medic legal risk when a diver signs the RSTC medical evaluation form
  • Understand the Good Samaritan laws that can affect us in the United States, as well as any protections internationally when we either offer assistance or decline offering assistance
  • Real case studies in medical legal aspects of diving.



Jawad Hassan MD
Jawad Hassan MD is an attending physician at the University of Pennsylvania who has formally trained in Hyperbaric Medicine. He works at the UPenn Hyperbaric Chamber offering care of the critically injured diver

Abstract- It is important every diver understands the relationship between decompression stress and dive safety.  Creating a better understanding will help lower our risk for illness or injury


  • Common theories of decompression illness will be reviewed
  • Overview of multiple variables in decompression stress
  • Risk analysis and risk reduction will be applied to a dive safety plan in an effort to decrease our risk for decompression stress



Grace Landers LCDR MC USN (UMO/DMO)
Emergency Medicine Resident

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Commander Grace Landers MD is an Undersea Medical Officer/ Dive Medical Officer in the United States Navy.  Her unique training and diving experience makes her a subject matter expert in Diving in Unique Environments

Abstract- Diving offers a unique environment as well as unique challenges.  Diving in potentially or known hazardous environ- ments have challenges that need to be overcome to increase our safety profile


  • The expected and unexpected hazards of diving will be reviewed
  • The following unique environments will be discussed “Ice Diving, Submarine Escape Training, Black Water Diving”
  • Safety Planning and Risk Reduction



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