Gulf Coast Chapter

Location: Doubletree, New Orleans, LA

  • The Gulf Coast Chapter of the UHMS continuing education mission is to promote educational activities for physicians and allied health professionals in the local and regional areas based on a needs assessment of the members and on the UHMS Panel of Expert Opinion. These activities will improve the scientific and practical knowledge in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and diving medicine

  • President: 
    Kip Posey, CHT
    Email: Click Here
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    Andrew Applewhite, MD

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    Past President: 
    Tony Alleman, MD

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    Debra Gonzalez, RN
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    Laura Josefsen, RN
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    Philip Schell, CHT
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    YEAR Jefferson C Davis Memorial Award:
    For contributions to clinical research or clinical excellence
    YEAR Paul James Sheffield Award:
    The Paul James Sheffield Award is presented each year to an individual who best represents the scholarship and character of this scientist and educator who has greatly contributed to and influenced the understanding of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
    2018   2018  
    2017 Robert Sanders, MD 2017 Tracy LeGros, MD
    2016 John Freiberger,MD 2016 Tony Alleman, MD
    2015 Heather Murphy-Lavoie, MD 2015 Rob Sheffield
    2014 Helen Gelly 2014 Jayesh B Shaw
    2013 Tracy Leigh LeGros 2013 Keith Van Meter, MD
    2012 Paul James Sheffield 2012 Heather Murphy Lavioe, MD
    2011 Jayesh Shah, MD 2011    Suzanne Pack
    2010 Keith Van Meter, MD 2010    Robert Warriner, MD
    2009 Thomas Bozzuto, DO 2009    Caroline E. Fife, MD
    2008 Christopher Morrison, MD    
    2007 Jayesh Shah, MD    
    2006 Stephen Rydzak, MD    
    2005 Noel Olivera, MD    
    2004 Caroline E. Fife, MD    
    2003 Adrianne P. S. Smith, MD    
    2002 Robert Warriner, MD    
    2001 Ron Scott, MD    
    2000 Not Presented    
    1999 Thomas Bozzuto, DO    
    1998 Richard D. Heimbach, MD, PhD    
    1997 Paul J. Sheffield, PhD    
    1996 Jeffery Stone, MD    
    1995 Not Presented    
    1994 Jack L. LeFrock, MD    
    1993 R. Kelly Hill Jr., MD    
    1992 Keith Van Meter, MD    
    1991 Sheldon F. Gottlieb, PhD    
    1990 Jon Mader, MD    

    YEAR Wilbur T Workman Award:
    The Wilbur T Workman Award is presented each year to an individual who best represents the discipline and enthusiasm of this aerospace and hyperbaric physiologist who has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining safety standards for the specialized field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
    YEAR Special Services Award:
    For contributions to the Gulf Coast Chapter.
    2018   2018  
    2017 Ravi Patel, MD & Connie Hutson 2017 Stacy Rupert
    2016 Francois Burman 2016 Tom Workman, MS
    2015 Kip Posey 2015 Tony Alleman, MD
    2014 Brendt Caenepeel & Amanda Jones 2014 Julio Garcia & Derall Garrett
    2013 Roy Cano

    2013 Kevin Buford, MD, & Sean Hardy, MD
    2012 Betty Knox Brown 2012 Robert Sheffield
     2011    Richard Barry, CHT 2011 John Peters
     2010    Dick Clarke, CHT 2010 Lisa Tidd
     2009    Robert Sheffield, BA, CHT 2009 Melissa Sikes
        2008 Laura Josefsen, RN & Keith Van Meter, MD
        2007 Helen Gelly, MD
        2006 Debbie Sheffield BSN, MSN & Sherrill White
        2005 Paul C. Baker, CHT
        2004 Matt Schweyer, CHT
        2003 Clyde O. Hagood, MD
        2002 W. Tom Workman, MS, CHT
        2001 Suzanne Pack
        2000 Not Presented
        1999 Helen Turcotte Davis
        1998 Suzanne Pack
        1997 Ken Wall and Dak Quarles
        1996 Dr. Judy Wilson, PhD
        1995 Not Presented
        1994 Robert Miller
        1993 Not Presented
        1992 Paul Baker
        1991 Dr. Richard A. Neubauer, MD
        1990 Lynn Scoggins, RN
        1989 Dick Rutkowski

    YEAR Edgar M End Memorial Lecture Award:
    This lecture award is in honor of Dr. Edgar M. End, MD (1910-1981) who made many pioneering contributions to undersea and hyperbaric medicine.  Dr End is best known for his work with helium-oxygen mixtures in the 1930’s that enabled him to break the US Navy deep-sea dive record and paved the way for the world record dives in excess of 500 fsw that he supervised. His successful use of hyperbaric oxygen for carbon monoxide poisoning in experimental animals led to its application in humans.
    2017 Klaus Torp, MD
    2016 Marc S. Robins, DO
    2015 John Feldmeier
    2014 John Chatterton
    2013 Owen O'Neill, MD
    2012 Not Presented
    2011 Robert Sanders, MD
     2010   Stephen Rydzak, MD
     2009   James K. Culter, BS, MS
    2008 Michael L Gernhardt, PhD
    2007 Otto Boneta, MD
    2006 Dan Rossignol 
  • "The Society/Chapter has negotiated a special discounted room rate (room-block) with the hotel. Your patronage of this meeting hotel makes it possible for the Society/Chapter to secure the space necessary for this event at a greatly reduced cost. The hotel not only offers a discounted rate and the best networking opportunities, but staying in the group block helps the Society/Chapter meet its obligation to the hotel, avoid penalties, and keep meeting registration prices down. Any attendee who does not book under the UHMS room block will not receive the special discounted amenities."

    DT NOLA logoDoubletree by Hilton
    300 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    TEL: +1-504-581-1300 / FAX: +1-504-212-3141
    Online reservations: CLICK HERE


    Single Rate

    Double Rate

    Triple Rate

    Quad Rate

    Standard King

    $ 129

    $ 129

    $ 139

    $ 149

    Standard Queen/Queen

    $ 129

    $ 129

    $ 139

    $ 149

    Current sales tax rate is 15.75 %, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is $2.00. Quoted sleeping room rates will be offered, based on availability of contracted room type(s), 3 days before and 3 days after the above Event dates.


    ONLINE Reservations:
    Room reservations may also be made directly with the Hotel room reservation department at 504-212-3670 or by calling their toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS - Group name: "Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Gulf 18" - Group code: UHM.  In doing so, please request the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting negotiated convention/meeting rate. Reservations will be considered guaranteed for the full length of stay unless the reservations are cancelled by the guest no later than 72 hours in advance of arrival. Early departure charges will be applied.  Check-in time is 4:00 PM; check-out time is 11:00 AM.

    Self-parking: Not Available
    Valet: $40 (Does not include tax)


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    Please click the above link to register or use the WORD or PDF registration forms (links below) and email or fax to us.  
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    • Member: PHYSICIAN or EQUIVALENT - $300.00
           Daily Rates: Fri: $100 / Sat: $200
    • Member: NON-PHYSICIAN - $240.00
           Daily Rates: Fri: $80 / Sat: $160
    • Non-Member: PHYSICIAN OR EQUIVALANT - $360.00
           Daily Rates: Fri: $120 / Sat: $240
    • Non-Member: NON-PHYSICIAN - $300.00
           Daily Rates: Fri: $100 / Sat: $200


    • Attendee: Welcome Reception - $0.00
    • Accompanying Person: Welcome Reception - $40.00

    BANQUET (Saturday):

    • Attendee: Banquet: $50.00
    • Accompanying Person: Banquet: $50.00



  • Schedule: (subject to change)
    posted: 7/10/18

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Faculty Name
    12:00 1:00 Registration   
    1:00 1:15 Welcome and Introductions Kip Posey
    1:15 2:00 UHMS update Nick Bird, MD
    2:00 3:00 Altitude-induced decompression illness                          Nick Bird, MD
    3:00 3:30 Exhibits/Break  
    3:30 4:30 Registry reporting as a lifeline for HBO2 providers   Caroline Fife, MD
    4:30 5:30 Targeted probes                                                            Helen Gelly, MD
    6:30 7:30 Welcome reception  Cresent Ballroom
    SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Faculty Name
    7:00 8:00 Continental Breakfast / Exhibits  
    8:00 9:30 Chart Audits Lessons Learned - Billing Issues Michael Crouch
    9:30 10:30 Atypical ulcers – What the heck is this?                        Jayesh Shah, MD
    10:30 11:00 Exhibits / Break  
    11:00 12:00 Ethical issues in hyperbaric medicine Jayesh Shah, MD
    12:00 12:30 Sea Creatures - Board Certification A.J. Applewhite, MD
    12:30 1:30 Lunch - On Own   
    1:30 2:30 TBI update                                                                    Paul Harch, MD
    2:30 3:30 The Use of UVC in Multiplace Hyperbaric Facilities Greg Brown, BS, CHT
    3:30 4:00 Exhibits / Break  
    4:00 5:00 Diving treatment cases                                                Tracy LeGros, MD
    5:00 6:00 Emerging Indications Heather Murphy-Lavoie, MD
    7:30 9:30 Awards Banquet (separate fee)  

    Chapter Goal: The Gulf Coast Chapter of the UHMS continuing education mission is to promote educational activities for physicians and allied health professionals in the local and regional areas based on a needs assessment of the members and on the UHMS Panel of Expert Opinion. These activities will improve the scientific and practical knowledge in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and diving medicine.


    Accreditation Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statements:

    The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Nursing CEU
    Licenses Types Approved: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse; Certified Nursing Assistant; Respiratory Care Practitioner Critical Care; Respiratory Care Practitioner Non-Critical Care; Registered Respiratory Therapist; Certified Respiratory Therapist.  This live activity is approved for 12 contact hours by the Florida Board of Registered Nursing Provider #50-10881.

     This live activity is approved for 12 Category A credit hours by National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 9 Medical Park, Suite 330, Columbia, South Carolina 29203.

    Full Disclosure Statement:
     All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity. 

    : The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.




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    The UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting offers an excellent opportunity for your organization to promote its products and services to a very specific target audience and to reinforce your corporate image within the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society members.


    The Gulf Coast Chapter of the UHMS has as its continuing education mission to promote educational activities for physicians and allied health professionals in the local and regional areas based on a needs assessment of the members and on the UHMS Panel of Expert Opinion.  These activities will improve the scientific and practical knowledge in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and diving medicine.

    The Conference Program will feature a number of outstanding local speakers, concurrent sessions.  The Conference attracts researchers and practitioners from all around the world and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and extend contacts.

    As one of our “Event Sponsors" you will not only be an integral part of the meeting's social events, but will also gain significant promotion.  These events provide an excellent opportunity for networking in a relaxed setting.  These sponsorships offer an industry stakeholder excellent value exposure to an audience of industry professionals. 

    • Sponsorship acknowledgment on website and any printed material
    • Signage displayed during the Event
    • An opportunity to display promotional material (supplied by Sponsor) at the Event

    ** ALL artwork must be supplied by the sponsor and emailed to * 

    Sponsor Organization:

    • Platinum: $5,000
    • Gold: $3,500 
    • Bronze: $1,500
    • Reception Sponsor: $3,000
    • Break Sponsor: $1,000

    Exhibit Table: $500.00

    - 6 ft. draped table/2 chairs
    - 1 representative
    - product or informational flyer in satchel

    Satchel Insert: $ 150.00

    - If you cannot exhibit and would like for your informational flyer to be included in satchel. Inserts must be shipped to UHMS 1 month prior to the meeting.

    Digital Display your AD: $250

    Cannot attend? Why not display your information on a digital display. This display will be featured outsize of the meeting room door for all to view. Send you ppt, jpeg or gif to us.