Christian J. Lambertsen Memorial Lecture

FRIDAY, JUNE 11: 10:40 am - 11:40 am

GUEST SPEAKER: Anthony Bielawski, MD
LECTURE TITLE: Submarine Rescue – history, survival, modern innovations, and the hyperbaric medicine on how to get them out alive, including events of ARA San Juan Argentine submarine sinking.

The USS Squalus became the first successful Submarine Rescue in 1939.  Submarine incidents continue to modern day including Kursk - 2000, San Francisco - 2005, and the sinking of the ARA San Juan in 2017 and newly the KRI Nanggala in 2021.   We will take a look at how technology has changed the face of submarine rescue and how modern hyperbaric medicine will likely lead to maximizing lives saved. 


BielawskiBIOGRAPHY – CDR A. Bielawski, M.D. 

Dr. Anthony Bielawski grew up on the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan.  He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  He later attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, earning his Doctor of Medicine.  Early in medical school he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.   Before attending medical school, Anthony spent time as a dolphin and killer whale trainer for Sea World, Orlando, FL.

After medical school, Anthony completed a Transitional Internship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA.  Upon graduation from internship, Dr. Bielawski was assigned to provide medical care for Naval Special Warfare, Coronado, CA.  LT Bielawski later attended the elite medical training program at both the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, CT, and the Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, FL.  There he attained the speciality rating as a Dive Medical Officer and Undersea Medical Officer.  He was the acting Medical Department Head for the submarine force in Pearl Harbor, HI, before returning for 3 additional years of residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA.  

LCDR Bielawski held the position of Senior Medical Officer for the Emergency Department at the Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, CA, before being called to deploy with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Camp Pendleton, CA.  Forward deployed he acted as the Officer in Charge of the Shock Trauma Platoon and Officer in Charge of Casuality Evacuation for the 11th MEU.  Dr. Bielawski then completed additional training in an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).  After Fellowship, he completed 3 years as the Medical Department Head for Undersea Resuce Command as the subject matter expert in submarine rescue medicine for the US Navy.  CDR Bielawski recently returned from a Middle East deployment with the US Marines excersising his skills as an Emergency Physician for Crisis Response Central Command on the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF).   

About Dr. Lambertsen:


Dr. Christian J. Lambertsen received a B.S. Degree from Rutgers University in 1938 and a M.D. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. During his medical school period, he invented and first used forms of the initial U.S. self-contained closed-circuit oxygen rebreathing apparatus, for neutral buoyancy underwater swimming and diving. As a student, he aided the early Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in establishing the first cadres of U.S. military operational combat swimmers. Dr. Lambertsen became a U.S. Army medical officer on graduation from medical school in early 1943, and immediately joined the O.S.S. Maritime Unit on active duty through its period of function in World War II. He joined the University of Pennsylvania Medical Faculty in 1946, and became Professor of Pharmacology in 1952. While a faculty member he combined diving research and further underwater rebreathing equipment developments for the Army and Navy. In 1967 he served as Founding President of the Undersea Medical Society (now Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.) Dr. Lambertsen is recognized by the Naval Special Warfare community as "The Father of U.S. Combat Swimming.” His hand has touched every aspect of military and commercial diving. Dr. Lambertsen’s active contributions to diving began during WWII and became even more progressive in the post-war period through the evolutions of the U.S. Navy Deep Submergence and Naval Special Warfare developmental programs.