diving and undersea medicine for the non-medical diver, the non-diving
physician and the specialist.
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,
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
1996: International Award for Advances in Diving
Medicine, Diver Alert
1998: Colin McCleod Award of the British Sub Aqua
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.
officer for deep diving
in HMS RECLAIM from
1965 and for the first buoyant ascent from 500 feet on compressed
air from a submarine.
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
Institute Bethesda, MD, 1970 - 1973.
at the Institute of
Naval Medicine, from 1973.
(Navy) in Physiology,
and Consultant in Underwater Medicine.
founder-member in 1973 of the
Diving Medical Advisory
Committee (DMAC), now of UK, Norway, Denmark, the
Netherlands and Sweden. Chairman, 1978 - 1990.
1976 joined Shell
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.
1983 appointed as Chief
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.
Institute of Occupational
Medicine, University of
Aberdeen (Personal Chair, 1985 - 1988).
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.
Research Fellowship, 1988 -
at the Robens
Institute of Industrial Health & Safety, University of Surrey and
then Professor of Occupational Medicine as an Honorary
appointment in continuation.
President of the
Undersea Medical Society,
1972 - 1973, and on
the Executive Committee, 1970 - 1975.
President of the
Society, 1979 -
1982, and on the Executive Committee, 1974 - 1988.
Member, South Pacific Undersea Medical Society, 1979 - present.
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,
research focussing on the pathogenesis of spinal cord
decompression sickness, 1970-1973.
Group Adviser in Applied
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
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.
the Medical Research
Sickness Panel, 1981 - 1993, now named the M.R.C. Hyperbaric
Sciences Panel. Member from 1969 to present.
the Norwegian Medical
Deep Diving Project Board, 1984 - 1990.
Naval Personnel Research
Committee, 1986 - 1995:
Underwater Physiology Sub- Committee; Cold Environment
Sub-Committee; Breathing Equipment Sub-Committee.
the Norwegian Medical
Steering Committee for the Arctic Biomedical Research
Programme, 1989 - 1994.
Besides publishing numerous
research papers, recent publications
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:
Long Term Health Effects of Diving. An International Consensus
Conference. Eds: Hope, A. et al. NUTEC & University of Bergen:
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:
Ernest Campbell, MD, FACS All Rights Reserved.