Medical Organizations

A variety of institutions provide important support for evidence-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the medical professionals who provide it. The integrity and impartiality of these institutions is important to maintaining the quality of evidenced-based medicine in the United States. By maintaining high standards of scientific rigor and professionalism, these organizations sustain the confidence of patients in the people and institutions of the healthcare system.

Each organization focuses on specific activities, but together they form a broad foundation of support services:

  • Hyperbaric facility accreditation
  • Professional certification
  • Continuing medical education
  • Research
  • Public education

HyperbaricLink includes detailed profiles of select institutions with more information on their mission, resources, and staff.

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Medical Societies and Boards

American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and
American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

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.

ABEM WebsiteABPM Website

American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH)

The American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH) provides certification of competency in hyperbaric medicine and wound care for physicians and technologists.

Credentials issued by the ABWH are considered Certificates of Added Qualification.


American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM)

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.


National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT)

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).


Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

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.


Professional Associations

American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA)

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).


Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC)

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.


Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA)

The BNA is a professional organization that promotes and maintains the status and standards of practice in hyperbaric nursing.


Charitable, Educational, and Research Foundations

Divers Alert Network (DAN)

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.


Rubicon Foundation

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.

WebsiteResearch Archive

Government Agencies and Institutions

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

A division of the US Department of Commerce, the NOAA conducts advanced courses in diving and hyperbaric medicine in conjunction with the UHMS.

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