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Dr. Richard D. Vann

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  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. , Biomedical Engineering
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Alert Diver | The Validation of Dive Computer Decompression Safety, 17 Nov 2012 [cached]
Richard Vann: DCS is the primary measure of decompression safety, but DCS severity must be considered as well as DCS incidence.
Vann: There is no gold standard.
Vann: This is a matter of judgment.
Richard D. Vann, Ph.D., is the vice president of DAN Research as well as an assistant research professor in anesthesiology, safety officer and director of applied research at the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology in Durham, N.C. Vann is responsible for planning and executing the DAN Research programs; he oversees the coordination of DAN Research activities with the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology and actively promotes DAN Research through speaking engagements, presentations to the dive industry and numerous publications related to diving.
DAN Divers Alert Network : Medical Research : Team, 25 Sept 2011 [cached]
Richard Vann, Ph.D., DAN Research Consultant
Richard Vann is assistant professor emeritus in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center and safety officer and director of applied research at the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He coordinates DAN Research activities with the Duke hyperbaric center and actively promotes DAN Research through speaking engagements, presentations to the diving industry and numerous publications related to diving.
Scuba Diving Medical Safety Advice — DAN | Divers Alert Network, 21 Jan 2014 [cached]
Dr. Richard Vann of Divers Alert Network (DAN) has been selected for induction into the 2014 Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) Fellow Program. This coveted award is widely recognized as the oldest and most prestigious in the diving industry. Every year since 1960, this award has been given to a select group of divers and undersea visionaries who rank at the top of their fields in arts, science, sports/education, environment, and distinguished service. In 1993, AUAS was created to administer the NOGI award.
Dr. Vann, Vice President of Research for DAN (1990-2010), current consultant to DAN and Assistant Professor Emeritus at Duke University Medical Center will be inducted into the AUAS in the Science category and will receive a NOGI Award for his efforts and contributions to the underwater world. Vann’s work in diving and environmental physiology spans nearly 50 years with Divers Alert Network, Ocean Systems, Inc., US Navy Underwater Demolition Team-12, and Duke Hyperbaric Center and includes accomplishments such as the Johnson Space Center’s Group Achievement Award from NASA in 2011 and the Albert R. Behnke Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society 2012 for outstanding scientific contributions to undersea biomedical activity.
“Receiving a NOGI is exciting and quite an honor,� said Dr. Vann. “Understanding diving safety, particularly fatalities and decompression sickness, has been my major professional interest. I am most pleased by this recognition,� added Vann. This NOGI award will be presented to Dr. Vann at the 54th Annual NOGI Awards Gala held during the DEMA Show in November 2014.
Vann has spent a lifetime advancing dive safety research and it is exciting to see him be celebrated with this great honor.
Joining Dr. Vann are four other NOGI Awardees: Lad Handelman (Distinguished Service); Richard Ellis (Arts), Bill Macdonald, (Environment), and Mike Hollis, Sports & Education.
National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 26 Oct 2007 [cached]
Richard Vann, PhD, CHT
News & Press, 16 Sept 2015 [cached]
In addition, the 2015 Reaching Out Award nominee evaluations were reviewed, and honorees were determined to be Jim Gatacre, founder of the Handicapped Scuba Association, and hyperbaric researcher Dr. Richard Vann.
The Dive Industry will take a trip toThe Big Easyat the 27th annual presentation of the prestigious Reaching Out Awards on November 6, 2015, where we celebrateNew Orleans styleat this year’sMardi Gras-themedevening in honor of Jim Gatacre and Dr. Richard Vann, recipients of the 2015 DEMA Reaching Out Award (ROA).
Dr. Richard Vann is a well-respected diving researcher, contributing to the sport of diving for the last 50 years through education, environmental physiology and undersea biomedical science. Dr. Vann has been affiliated with Ocean Systems, Inc., the US Navy Underwater Demolition Team-12, Duke Hyperbaric Center and has been the Technical Director of Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Well known amongst the diving community is Dr. Vann’s work on the NOAA Diving Manual; Dr. Vann has been a contributor and editor of the chapter on Physiology in an attempt to both educate and keep divers safe. In addition, he has been a regular presenter at the NOAA/Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Diving Physicians Course for many years. He has personally trained many of the hyperbaric physicians who are available to respond in the event of a diving accident. His contributions on decompression sickness knowledge have guided NASA extra-vehicular activities as well as post-dive flying procedures for recreational divers.
Dr. Vann has maintained a constant flow of high quality peer review conference and publication papers on diving related topics and has ensured that the technical aspects of diving have been made available to the diving community at large.
Dr. Vann has played a pivotal role in the active sharing of diving safety knowledge by leading DAN Research for many years, writing and lecturing for all levels, directing, developing or co-developing many special topics workshops.
Dr. Vann has worked tirelessly on behalf of the diving community, dedicating his career to improving the safety of others.
DEMA congratulates Jim Gatacre and Dr. Richard Vann for their exemplary, life-long service to our Industry.
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