Building a Diving Medical Practice One Diver At A Time

Building a Diving Medical Practice One Diver At A Time


David Charash, DO

"Hanging up a shingle with your title and a picture of a hardhat diver outside your office likely won't bring you divers as patients" this article Dr. David Charash discusses how to start a diving medical practice. The article is based on his personal experience in opening a medical clinic that serves recreational, public safety, scientific and commerical divers.

  • What is diving medicine?
  • How does one acquire the knowledge and credentials to establish yourself as a diving medicine physician?
  • Do you have to be a diver to practice dive medicine?

Dr. Charash address all these questions and more in this article! A must read for any clinician who is considering seeing divers as patients.

This article was first published in Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Volume 4 Issue 3. It is now available to you for Free as a downloadable PDF.


David Charash, DO, is medical director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital, Danbury Connecticut. He is Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Charash has completed both the UHMS/NOAA Dive Medicine Physician, and the UHMS Medical Evaluation of Diver programs. Dr. Charash is a DAN Referral Physician, DAN First Aid Instructor and a Certified PADI Diver. Dr. Charash lectures locally and nationally on topics of Dive Safety and Dive Medicine. Dr. Charash has the only medical practice in Connecticut that offers comprehensive care to the diving community.


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