EUBS ExCom Elections 2021

According to the EUBS Constitution and Bylaws, it is time to elect a new Member-at-Large. All regular EUBS members  will receive an “Invitation to Vote” by e-mail; voting must be done before August 15 (30 days before the EUBS Annual General Meeting).

EUBS Elections for Member at Large 2021 candidates (in alphabetical order):

Charles P. AZZOPARDI

Dr Azzopardi has studied medicine in Malta and continued his training as a Specialist in Haematology and Internal Medicine, before starting his work in diving and hyperbaric medicine in Plymouth at the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in 2016.

He then returned to Malta to work at the Mater Dei Hospital Hyperbaric Unit, with rotations in Critical Care / ITU, Anaesthesia, Cardiology and ENT, graduating with a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Baromedicine. He holds degrees in Diving Medicine (DMAC/EDTC Level 1 & Level 2D, DDRC, UK), Operational Underwater Medicine (Durban, South Africa) and Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine (BScMedScHons with distinction, Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Since January 2020, he is an Acting Consultant in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at both the Malta and Gozo hyperbaric units. He is part of a team of 5 consultants covering the HBOT and emergency service 24/7, using three Haux chambers fully critical care capable under hyperbaric conditions.

He is an appointed court expert for diving accidents and fatalities within the Malta judicial court system and inquests. He has served as editor, reviewer and author for Cochrane systematic reviews on HBO use in delayed radiation injury. He is the author and editor of two academic textbooks in diving and hyperbaric medicine, due for publication in 2022. He is a reviewer for the joint SPUMS/EUBS journal, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, and has published in both DHM and UHMS journals.

He is a technical sidemount diver (of course), and is an avid internationally-awarded photographer in his free time, having published 35 photography books, as well as being recently elected to the post of President of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography.

You can download his CV from this link.

Mario FRANOLIC

Born in Sarajevo in 1960, Dr Franolic graduated at the Medical Faculty in Belgrade in 1986, and acquired the title of Emergency Medicine Specialist at Medical Faculty Belgrade in 1995.

He is employed at the Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka, Croatia, Department of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine as a Mentor and Specialist, Lecturer at the Center for Research and Education in Underwater, Hyperbaric and Maritime Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Rijeka. He started his career in underwater and hyperbaric medicine began at the Naval Institute of Maritime Medicine in Split, Croatia under the guidance of the famous prof. Stracimir Gošović, in 1986, and gained additional expertise by studying with prof. Dekleva in Zemun, prof. Eric Kindwall in Milwaukee, USA, and Dr Paul Sheffield in Texas, USA. After the war in the former Yugoslavia, he took a very active part in the revitalization and positioning of diving and hyperbaric medicine, first through working in a private polyclinic (as a director for 14 years); in 2008 he created a list of indications for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which was accepted by the Croatian state health insurance. In 2019, he was instrumental at renewing the list based on the EUBS Consensus list.

In 2016, the Department of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine was opened at the Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka, Croatia. He was given the honorary role of mentor, with the task of educating the team and creating a concept of work. He now continues to work in this role of mentor, while at the same time working as a specialist in emergency medicine and an expert in underwater and hyperbaric medicine. He leads part of the clinic for the treatment of chronic wounds. Since last year, the Department has become the Center for Education and Research in Underwater, Hyperbaric and Maritime Medicine at the Medical Faculty in Rijeka, where he is a lecturer of basic and professional teaching units. He has participated and organized numerous congresses and symposia in the field of underwater and hyperbaric medicine, emergency medicine and treatment of chronic wounds. He is especially involved in microcirculation, doing transcutaneous oximetry, Laser Doppler Flowmetry and hyperspectral imaging, which he has put into practice in the Republic of Croatia and in which he holds education and research.

You can download his CV from this link.

José M. INORIZA

Dr Inoriza has a degree in Medicine and Surgery (Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia, 1986), and a degree in Documentation (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2001). He holds a PhD from the University of Girona (2015).

In 1987 he joined the Spanish Navy where he completed the training programme Specialist in Underwater Medicine at the Spanish Navy Diving Centre (1987-1989). After this training he worked as Diving Medical Officer in the SP B/S Poseidon (1989-1990) and later in the SP Submarine Flotilla as medical officer and specialist in positions related to planning and training of submarine crews in Escape and Rescue (1990-1994). He left the Spanish Navy in 1994 for a job in the civilian sector.

Since 1994 he has been linked to the Palamós Hospital Foundation – Serveis de Salut Integrats Baix Empordà (SSIBE). Between 1994-1997 he was responsible for the creation of the Unitat de Medicina Hiperbàrica (UMH) where he was the first medical director. Between 1997-2008 he remained linked to the UMH on a part-time basis. From July 2008 to the present day he is the medical director of the UMH coordinating a team of 6 doctors, 25 nurses and 4 hyperbaric technicians. In 2010, he supervised the installation of the current hyperbaric facility (HAUX-STARMED 2200/5,5/KB; 8 + 2 places). In this Unit he has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of about 750 diving accidents and about 750 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. Before the current SARS-CoV2 pandemic, the unit treated about 130 patients per year and provided about 2,500 treatment sessions.

He performed research related to the application of HBOT in carbon monoxide poisoning and in the after-effects of radiotherapy treatment of pelvic neoplasm, in projects funded by competitive public calls. He is the author of several papers in peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters. He has had teaching activity in several master’s degree programs in different Spanish universities. His other area of expertise is related to clinical coding systems, patient classification and health economics developing research activities in the field of Health Systems Evaluation and Health Outcomes. He also works in the SSIBE Research Department as a Senior Researcher. In this area he obtained his PhD and has published in peer-review journals. Dr Inoriza is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine (ASEMHS) and currently a member of its Board of Directors. He is a long-time member of EUBS and UHMS.

You can download his CV from this link.

Evangelos N. PAPOUTSIDAKIS

Dr Papoutsidakis has been trained as a physician in the University of Crete, Greece, in 2001, and continued his education to obtain a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Social Studies at the Faculty of Medicine and Biology of the University of Crete in 2007. He then became a specialist in Subaquatic and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2011 (University of Barcelona, Spain, European accreditation hyperbaric level 2D and H) and also a specialist in Medicine of Physical Education and Sports (University of Barcelona).

Since 2008 he works at the Department of Hyperbaric Oxygen of the CRIS-UTH, Hospital Moisses Brogges, Sant Joan Despi in Barcelona, with Dr Jordi Desola. During his medical practice at CRIS-UTH, he attends a lot of chronic patients, has managed a wide range of emergencies, and has performed many medical examinations to both sport and commercial divers including Saturation Diving candidates. In addition, he serves as the Assistance Coordinating at CRIS-UTH. He teaches in hyperbaric and diving medicine at the University of Barcelona, is a lecturer at the Master on Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, organised by CRIS-UTH every year for the University of Barcelona.  Since 2020 he is a regular collaborator for Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe.

He has attended the annual EUBS meetings in the last years, representing CRIS-UTH among other colleagues, presenting some oral and/or poster communications.

You can download his CV from this link.

EUBS Elections for Vice-President 2021 candidate:

Bengusu MIRASOGLU

Dr Mirasoglu was born in Istanbul in 1978 and completed her Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine residency training in 2008 at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Since then she has been actively working in the field.

From 2009 to October 2012 she was chief of the Hyperbaric Medicine unit and Wound Care Center at Lutfi Kirdar Research and Training Hospital, Burn and Wound Care Center, after working for the establishment of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit. Since November 2012 she works in Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Department, and is responsible for in-patient, out-patient departments and HBOT unit. She is currently Associate professor at the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Department (since 2012; assoc. professor since 2020).

She has done extensive medical consultancy and field work at several projects including:

  •   the Eurasian Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project),
  •   the Canakkale Bridge Project (official name is 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project),
  •   the Turkey –Greece natural gas pipeline maintenance, Marmara Sea
  •   INA Excavation of Kizilburun Roman Shipwreck, Cesme/Izmir
  •   Istanbul University, Institute of Marine Sciences, Marine Biological Diversity Assessment of Datca-Bozburun protected area, Mugla

Affiliations and memberships:

  •   Since 2011, she is the representative of Turkey in ECHM Board of Representatives
  •   She is the General Secretary of the Turkish Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (since 2019).
  •   Trainer in the “Train the Foot Trainer” program ran by International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) in Turkey
  •   She is Medical Committee Member of the Turkish Polar Program (since 2019)
  •   Field editor for Journal of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine (ESCI)

She is co-author of 20 international and 10 national publications in journals and 27 international conference presentations. Also co-author of more than 60 presentations in national conferences. She has been chapter author in three books.

CMAS three star diver, runner and swimmer. She participated in scientific diving projects with the Institute of Marine Biology and archeology diving projects (Kizilburun Column Wreck Excavation and Kekova expeditions) by the Institute of Nautical Archeology.

Bengusu Mirasoglu has been a Member at Large for the EUBS from 2016 – 2020 and now serves as the EUBS’ Social Media Manager.

You can download her CV from this link.

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