Mid-West Chapter

Next Meeting Date: June 11, 2022
Chapter Town Hall Topic: Safety
Location: Virtual: 12pm-3:30pm ET (11am CT)

  • About

    The Mid-West Chapter was re-formed to bring together thoughts and issues throughout the multi-state area regarding clinical application to hyperbaric medicine practice. To provide up to date educational offerings, as well as new information related to hyperbaric medicine, and develop a closer relationship with Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.

  • Chapter Officers

    Risa Anderson, NP
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    Laurie Gesell, MD

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    Past President: 
    John Kirby, MD

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    Previous Past President:
    Laurie Gesell, MD

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    Kyle DuBose, DO

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    Dennis Allin, MD

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    Kevin Gardner, CHT

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    Olayinka David Ajayi, MD

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  • Registration/Speakers/Agenda

    Chapter Town Hall: Midwest Chapter: Safety


    UHMS Chapter Townhall Meeting
    Hosted by the Mid-West Chapter
    Livestream via TEAMS
    Saturday, June 11, 2022

    12:00 Noon-3:30 pm ET (11am CT)

    The Mid-West Chapter of the UHMS’ continuing education mission is to promote educational activities for physicians and allied health professionals in the local and regional areas. These activities are based on a needs assessment of the members and on the recommendations of 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.

    Sponsorships are welcome. More information coming soon.

    Price per day:
    Non-Member: $67.50
    Regular UHMS Member: $52.50
    Associate UHMS Member: $37.50
    NBDHMT Category ‘a’ Credit Only Rate: $37.50 (TBD)

    Event Properties

    Event Start Date 06-11-2022
    Event End Date 06-11-2022
    Location Virtual platform
    Categories UHMS Directly Provided Meeting

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    Brett Leiknes


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    Board certified in Family Medicine Physician and current Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellow at Advocate Aurora Health Care – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Dick Clarke


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    Dick assumed the position of president in January, 2009, having previously held this position from 1989-1995. Dick’s background includes service in the British Navy, diving instructor and underwater photographer at the International Underwater Explorers Society and assistant director of the seabed living program ‘Hydrolab’. In 1976, Dick was instrumental in the development of the diver medic program at the Commercial Diving Center, while employed as a saturation diving superintendent with Oceaneering International. Dick taught the diving medicine section from 1976 - 1983 and helped establish the National Association of Diver Medic Technicians, the fore runner of the NBDHMT. He wrote the Board’s first CHT exam. Over the past two decades Dick remains involved in all aspects of undersea and hyperbaric medicine, technology, education and research. His organization has trained over 6,000 healthcare professionals and he has served as a faculty member for the annual NOAA-UHMS Diving Medical Officer Training Course for the past 25 years. Dick has been active within the UHMS, chairing numerous committees and was the UHMS Associates first elected chairman. He heads a research foundation dedicated to the scientific advancement of hyperbaric medicine, and has developed an international consortium that undertakes wide-ranging controlled clinical trials.

    Jeremy Kessler


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    Jeremy Kessler is a board-certified Rural Family Physician who is fellowship trained in wilderness medicine. He currently is an active faculty member of the wilderness medicine fellowship with an academic appointment as assistant professor with Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He is one of the current Undersea & Hyperbaric medicine fellows at Advocate Aurora Health Care – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Kevin Gardner


    Hyperbaric Program Coordinator, Safety Director, CHT, AEMT

    Employer Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

    Kyle DuBose


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    Kyle DuBose graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He completed his primary training in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI. He has worked at Advocate Aurora Health since August 2017 as the lead physician at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha’s Comprehensive Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Clinic. He chairs the Utilization Review Committee for the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Advocate Aurora Health. He was involved in helping create the Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine Fellowship at Advocate Aurora Health and is currently one of the faculty attendings for the program. In 2017, he helped create and leads the Limb Salvage Team at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha. Dr. DuBose also served on the Medical Executive Committee at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha.

    Laurie Gesell


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    Dr. Gesell is the System Director for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care with Advocate Aurora Medical Group and Section Chair for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Gesell is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, as well as, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Gesell is a Past President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Past Chair of the UHMS Board of Directors, and former Chair of the UHMS Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee. Dr. Gesell represents the medical specialty as the UHMS Delegate in the AMA House of Delegates and is the elected American Board of Preventive Medicine Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Sub-Board Chair.

    Saira Khan


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    Board certified in Family Medicine and current Undersea & Hyperbaric medicine fellow at Advocate Aurora Health Care – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


    Introduction / CE Requirements

    Risa Anderson, RN


    Tender Safety - ballouts

    AAH Fellows: Jermey Kessler, MD; Saira Kahn, MD; Brett Leiknes, MD


    Annual Maintenance and Chamber Safety (NFPA)

    Kevin Gardner, CHT


    Strategies when faced with language barriers, how to address the patient in the chamber

    Laurie Gesell, MD and Kyle DuBose, DO




    UHMS Safety Equipment updates - what is being tested



    Hyperbaric Staff Member Accidents & Injuries Lessons learnt

    Dick Clarke, CHT


    Q/A Panel