Medical Societies and Boards
An international nonprofit organization serving some 2,400 members in 50 countries, the UHMS is the chief accrediting body and
the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology. The Society also hosts an annual
Scientific Meeting, publishes a peer-reviewed journal, provides grant funding for focused research, and coordinates continuing
medical and professional education and certification.
The ABEM and ABPM are the chief certifying bodies for physicians specializing in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Both organizations
are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Credentials issued through the ABEM and ABPM are Board Certifications.
The American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH) provides certification of competency in hyperbaric medicine and wound care for physicians
and technologists. The credentials issued by the ABWH are considered Certificates of Added Qualification.
The ACHM is a professional organization working to develop an image of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a distinct medical specialty,
often requiring full-time practice. The College has trained and credentialed some 3,500 members and works to establish best
practices and quality assurance standards for hyperbaric medicine.
The NBDHMT is the chief certifying body for hyperbaric medical technologists, including Divers Medic Technologists (DMT), Certified
Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT), and Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurses (CHRN).
The APWCA is a nonprofit medical association welcoming all specialties involved in treating nonhealing wounds. The Association
provides ACHM-recognized physician and technician certification programs in conjunction with the Council for Medical Education
and Testing (CMET).
The preeminent multidisciplinary organization for wound care, AAWC is a nonprofit association open to everyone involved in wound
care. Its mission is to spread awareness by promoting excellence in education, clinical practice, public policy, and research.
The BNA is a professional organization that promotes and maintains the status and standards of practice in hyperbaric nursing.
Charitable, Educational, and Research Foundations
Established in 1988 and headquartered at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the Baromedical Research Foundation
is a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to the scientific advancement of hyperbaric medicine. The Foundation has been
a leader in conducting prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trials in radiation injury and other HBOT indications.
Affiliated with the Duke University Medical Center and supported by the world’s largest association of recreational divers, DAN
helps divers in need with medical emergency assistance and promotes diving safety through research, education, products and services.
Since 1980 the Network has operated the first and only 24-hour emergency hotline for injured divers.
The IHA is a small but active educational and charitable organization focused on the needs of the hyperbaric community and the
study of off-label HBOT indications.
These nonprofit membership (IHMA) and charitable (IHMF) organizations are largely focused on HBOT research and political action
for injured soldiers and military veterans.
The Oxygen Research Foundation is a newly formed (2008) not-for-profit organization committed to HBOT research, education, and
This nonprofit organization is focused on the application of HBOT for neurologic and related disorders, especially the prevailing
off-label and investigational diseases and conditions. The Foundation is the lead sponsor of the annual International Symposium.
Created in 2010 to advance hyperbaric oxygen medical practices and technology through research, education and community care,
the Restorix Foundation provides financial support to clinically approved medical research conducted by the Restorix Research
Institute and other organizations.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Rubicon is a nonprofit organization undertaking projects that contribute to the interdependent dynamic between research, exploration,
science, and education; improve the available resources for students, professionals and the general public; and preserve the valuable
natural resources that are vital to future endeavors. Rubicon is building a large, freely accessible digital research repository
that already numbers over 7,600 references to the scientific literature in diving, aviation, and environmental research.
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