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   Curriculum vitae for David H. Elliott, O.B.E.
           D.Phil. (Oxon), F.R.C.P. (Edin), F.R.C.P. (Lond), F.F.O.M.

Place of Birth: London, England
Date of Birth: 19th August 1932


The King's School, Canterbury
St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
Magdalen College, Oxford


1956 MB BS Honours (London)
1964 Doctor of Philosophy (Oxford)
1983 Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)
1983 Fellow, Faculty of Occupational Medicine
1989 Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (London)

Prizes & Awards:

1956 Brackenbury Scholarship, St. Bartholomew's Hospital
1973 Commendation, the Secretary of the United States Navy
1975 Stover Link Award, the Undersea Medical Society
1975 O.B.E. 1975 Gilbert Blane Gold Medal, the Royal Navy
1981 Oceaneering International Award, the Undersea Medical
1995 Expro Technology Award, Shell UK Exploration and
1996:  Charles Shilling Award, Undersea & Hyperbaric
Medical Society
1996:  International Award for Advances in Diving
Medicine, Diver Alert
Network, Europe
1998:  Colin McCleod Award of the British Sub Aqua

Current Appointments

    The Civilian Consultant in Diving Medicine to the Royal Navy, from

    Scientific and Medical Adviser to the Association of Offshore Diving
      Contractors, now part of the International Marine Contractors
                   Association, from 1991

        Professor of Occupational Medicine in continuation as an
      Honorary appointment at the Robens Institute of Industrial
    Health & Safety, University of Surrey after completion of the Shell
           Professorial Research Fellowship, 1988 - 1993.

      Regional Diving Medical Consultant for Diving medicine Online

Medical & Diving Experience

      Joined Royal Navy in 1958, permanent commission in 1963.

            Royal Navy Clearance Diving course, 1964.

      Medical officer for deep diving trials in HMS RECLAIM from
    1965 and for the first buoyant ascent from 500 feet on compressed
                    air from a submarine.

     Senior Medical Officer (Underwater) at the Royal Naval Medical
       School; the Royal Naval Physiological Laboratory; and the
               Admiralty Experimental Diving Unit.

      Director of the Royal Navy's courses of underwater medicine.

       Taught courses for the National Association of Underwater
     Instructors (now part of the British Sub-Aqua Club) in the late
     1960's. President of the Southsea Branch of the British Sub-Aqua

    Served with the United States Navy at the Naval Medical Research
               Institute Bethesda, MD, 1970 - 1973.

     Senior Medical Officer (Underwater Medicine) at the Institute of
                  Naval Medicine, from 1973.

      Adviser to the Medical Director-General (Navy) in Physiology,
             and Consultant in Underwater Medicine.

       A founder-member in 1973 of the Diving Medical Advisory
        Committee (DMAC), now of UK, Norway, Denmark, the
          Netherlands and Sweden. Chairman, 1978 - 1990.

       In 1976 joined Shell International as the Group Adviser in
       Underwater Activitie, advising on Shell's air and mixed-gas
      commercial diving contracts and, in particular, on Health and
         Safety management for diving operations worldwide.

       In 1983 appointed as Chief Medical Officer, Shell UK Ltd,
    covering all aspects of the company's offshore, refining, chemical,
     agrochemical, research, marketing and distribution activities at
       the time of the introduction of the Control of Substances
            Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

      Professor, Institute of Occupational Medicine, University of
             Aberdeen (Personal Chair, 1985 - 1988).

        Consultant in Occupational Health to the German state
     laboratory GUSI-GKSS near Hamburg, 1988 - 1991. for a 3-year
       series of research dives to between 300 and 500 metres, with
       special emphasis on the detection and prevention of subtle
               neurological and pulmonary deficits.

    Shell Professorial Research Fellowship, 1988 - 1993, at the Robens
     Institute of Industrial Health & Safety, University of Surrey and
       then Professor of Occupational Medicine as an Honorary
                 appointment in continuation.

Chairman and Board Member of the European Diving
Technology Committee, 1991-1998.
This is a 15-nation committee with government, industrial,
     trades union and medical representation and has the continuing
task of the harmonisation of operational, safety and medical
               legislation in diving within Europe.


Professional Activities

     President of the Undersea Medical Society, 1972 - 1973, and on
              the Executive Committee, 1970 - 1975.

     President of the European Undersea Biomedical Society, 1979 -
         1982, and on the Executive Committee, 1974 - 1988.

     Member, South Pacific Undersea Medical Society, 1979 - present.

Diving Research

     During the late 1960's, worked on a number of deep dives in the
    Royal Navy, the United States Navy and with Professor Buhlmann
    of Zurich. Other research was related to shallow air diving, testing
     decompression tables and investigating the effects of semi-closed
     circuit breathing apparatus. At that time also conducted the first
      cross-sectional survey of aseptic bone necrosis in naval divers.

     At the US Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, continued
         research focussing on the pathogenesis of spinal cord
               decompression sickness, 1970-1973.

      As Shell Group Adviser in Applied Physiology, 1980-1988, a
    principal task was to complete deep diving research with Professor
        Buhlmann of Zurich and undertake practical operational
     evaluation of new deep diving procedures. These were conducted
     in Norway in support of the Statpipe project and of Shell's Deep
      Submergence Intervention study. At this time the emphasis in
      diver health had become focussed on the allegation of subtle
     long-term neurological consequences, a topic which only now is
                     reaching the courts.

    Other tasks included the study of accidental cold water immersion
     and survival-at-sea. One of the highest priorities for health and
     safety in relation to the offshore worker concerned the protection
      of passengers in a helicopter ditching. Named in the patent by
       Shell as the co- developer of "Air Pocket", a simple aid for
    underwater escape by passengers from an inverted helicopter, now
                  in service in the North Sea.

      Chairman of the Medical Research Council's Decompression
     Sickness Panel, 1981 - 1993, now named the M.R.C. Hyperbaric
           Sciences Panel. Member from 1969 to present.

      Member of the Norwegian Medical Research Council (NAVF)
             Deep Diving Project Board, 1984 - 1990.

       Royal Naval Personnel Research Committee, 1986 - 1995:
      Underwater Physiology Sub- Committee; Cold Environment
        Sub-Committee; Breathing Equipment Sub-Committee.

      Member of the Norwegian Medical Research Council (NAVF)
        Steering Committee for the Arctic Biomedical Research
                   Programme, 1989 - 1994.

Some Publications

  Besides publishing numerous research papers, recent publications include
                       chapters in:

     The Physiology and Medicine of Diving, 4th edition. Eds: Bennett, P.B.
               & Elliott, D.H. Saunders: London, 1993.
      Hunter's Diseases of Occupations, 8th edition. Eds: Raffle, P.B. et al.
                     Arnold: London, 1994.
     Engineering and Health in Compressed Air Work. Eds: Jardine, F.M. &
                McCallum, R.I. Spon: London, 1994.
      Oxford Textbook of Sports Medicine, 2nd edition.
Eds: Harries M et al.
Oxford University Press: Oxford 1998.
       Hyperbaric Medical Practice. Ed: Kindwall, E.P. Best Publishing:
                        Arizona, 1994.
       Long Term Health Effects of Diving. An International Consensus
      Conference. Eds: Hope, A. et al. NUTEC & University of Bergen:
                        Norway, 1994.
     Medical Assessment of Fitness to Dive. Proceedings of an International
      Conference. Ed: Elliott, D.H. Biomedical Seminars: London, 1995.
     Bove & Davis’ Diving Medicine, 3rd edition. Ed: Bove, A.A. Saunders:
                       Orlando, 1997

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