The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), has awarded Dr. Petar Denoble, Vice President of Mission at Divers Alert Network (DAN), the Excellence in Diving Medicine Award.
The Excellence in Diving Medicine Award is presented to an individual UHMS member for outstanding contributions to teaching, education, science and/or safety in the field of Diving Medicine and related fields. The award has previously been known as the Craig Hoffman Memorial / Charles W. Shilling Award, and has been received by pillars of the diving and hyperbaric communities since 1978. Previous recipients include Joel Dovenbarger, Dr. Michael A. Lang, Dr. Richard D. Vann, Dick Clarke, Dr. Alessandro Marroni, and Dr. Neal Pollock.
The UHMS is an international nonprofit serving more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, associates, and nurses from more than 50 countries in the field of hyperbaric and dive medicine. It’s mission is to provide a forum for professional and scientific communication, promote cooperation between scientific and medical disciplines, provide a source of information and support, and improve quality of care across the spectrum of hyperbaric medicine. The organization has been an important source of scientific and medical information pertaining to hyperbaric medicine involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diving through its bimonthly peer-reviewed journal Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, symposia, workshops, books, and other publications. The UHMS organizes an annual scientific meeting to facilitate review of the latest in research and patient care, and to promote the highest standards of practice.
Dr. Petar Denoble graduated from Medical School University of Zagreb in former Yugoslavia. He later joined the Yugoslav Navy and specialized in naval and diving medicine. For 13 years he was involved in the training, supervision, and treatment of divers in open-circuit, closed-circuit, deep-bounce and saturation diving. His early research culminated in a doctoral thesis focusing on oxygen consumption in underwater swimmers, and he is the founder of JUSMER, an organization of recreational divers created to support medical safety education and provide emergency medical services.
Dr. Denoble is a recognized expert in diving safety and medicine, and has spent the last two decades working to improve the safety of the diving industry through his work at DAN. He is credited with the advancing of the DAN accident reporting and analysis programs, the DL7 Standard for dive computer data exchange, and the Project Dive Exploration program. He was the first to apply root cause analysis to diving incidents, and his work with diving incident and fatality monitoring and analysis has led to extensive publication in scientific journals, meetings, and workshops. Dr. Denoble is now responsible for the DAN Mission through supervision of the Medical, Research, and Training departments, in the interest of working towards making every dive safe.
“I am honored to receive this award, and the recognition of my peers at the UHMS,” said Dr. Denoble, “This award reaffirms the importance of the research I have spent my career advancing, and the ability of that work to improve the effectiveness of hyperbaric treatment, and the safety of the diving community at large.”