Christian J. Lambertsen Memorial Lecture

LECTURE TITLE: Undersea Medicine is Out of this World! - Hyperbaric Medical Support at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab
Wednesday, May 25: 0830-1000

About the Lecture:  


About Dr. Sanders:
Bob Sanders diving career began in 1983 training through both NAUI and LA County.  Passionate about the sport he attended the NAUI college and became a certified SCUBA diving instructor in 1987.  Dr. Sanders’ medical “career” began in 1989 as an EMT & Ski Patrol member, and in 1993 he ventured into hyperbarics as a technician and supervisor at the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.  He also served as a scientific diver and field safety officer in Antarctica for 4 seasons diving in 28º water below 12’ of ice.

     Needing to learn more, Sanders received his MD degree from the Chicago Medical School. After residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and additional training at the University of Hawaii’s Hyperbaric Treatment Center, he became boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine.  He is a nationally recognized speaker and has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

     Currently, Sanders is a Crew Health and Safety Flight Surgeon at the University of Texas Medical Branch and KBR on contract to NASA’s NBL as their Medical Director and lead physician for the exploration class spacesuit development project. He has been the Medical Director for American Hyperbaric Centers in Anchorage AK (overseeing clinical hyperbarics & commercial dive operations) and was the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship director at the Hennepin County Medical Center.  He works as an Attending Emergency Physician since 2008 and has served as a Flight Physician for STAT MedEvac. 

     Dr. Sanders also serves as the tactical medicine physician for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, after many years diving with Pittsburgh River Rescue and the LA County Sheriff conducting search and recovery of bodies and evidence.  He is an avid technical and scientific diver; has conducted shark diving & tagging operations and worked as a set medic and water safety coordinator for the Motion Picture Industry.  In 2017 Sanders was awarded NASA’s prestigious “Early Career Public Achievement Medal”, The UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter’s most prestigious award, the Jefferson C. Davis MD Memorial Award presented for clinical excellence and research in clinical hyperbaric medicine, and the UHMS Commercial Diving Award.

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. 



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