Dr. Moon Honored for Excellence in Diving Medicine

The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society has awarded Duke Anesthesiology’s Richard Moon, MD, the 2024 Excellence in Diving Medicine Award. This award recognizes Moon’s outstanding contribution to teaching, education, science and/or safety in the field of diving medicine and related fields.

“I came here to train in pulmonary/critical care medicine, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, then anesthesiology, because Duke led the pack in all three areas,” says Moon, professor of anesthesiology. “In addition to clinical anesthesiology, I have practiced hyperbaric medicine and have had the honor of treating numerous divers with decompression sickness and assessing many others. I am in debt to the high-class clinical team at Duke’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, to the research team, and to my mentees and co-investigators. I am thrilled to be honored by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society with this award.”

Moon also serves as the medical director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. His research program has included elucidating the pathophysiology of swimming-induced pulmonary edema and developing a new decompression method using perfluoromethane as a breathing gas. 

Moon was presented the Excellence in Diving Medicine Award at the society’s annual meeting earlier this month.