Ambulance Based Hyperbaric Oxygen Acute Stroke Research Team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. James McCormick and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
James G. McCormick, PhD, Fellow of the Hyperbaric Medical Society
Director of Research, Aerospace, Hyperbaric & Undersea Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
Past, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Past, Chairman of Program Development for the World Federation of Neurology
Past, Visiting Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University

 

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORDr. Raymond Roy
Raymond C. Roy, MD, PhD
Former President, Wake Forest University Physicians
Professor of Anesthesiology
Former Chair of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

“This research really excites me in two ways! First, it is a community-based project and that makes it unique. Second, if stroke symptoms can be reversed with hyperbaric oxygen, then embolus-dissolving therapy may be able to minimize the brain damage associated with the stroke. Outcomes could dramatically improve.” ~ Dr. Raymond Roy



CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Joseph R. Tobin, MD, FAAP, FCCM 
Dr. Joseph TobinFormer Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Member, Wake Forest Bapstist Medical Center Board of Trustees (2011-2014) 

"Dr. Jim McCormick, Dr. Ray Roy, Dr. Tim Houle, and Dr. Quinn McCutchin in our Anesthesiology Department have pioneered a cutting edge translational science approach to improving acute stroke patient care for North Carolina and the United States. As I have participated in U.S. Navy planning meetings for this project, I have been extremely impressed with the world class talent that has come together from many disciplines to insure success of this invaluable project." ~ Dr. Joseph Tobin

 


 SUPPORTING QUOTES

"I am honored to be included in the Acute Stroke Treatment Hyperbaric Oxygen Ambulance project." ~ Dr. Roy Alson, Medical Director, Forsyth County Emergency Medical Service, Medical Advisor Disaster Services, NC Office of EMS, Assistant Medical Director, North Carolina Office of Emergency Medicine, Chairman, Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee at ACEP, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine


"From protecting the oceans to curing human disease, we have much to learn from research on dolphins. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Acute Stroke Treatment Ambulance project is an invaluable cutting edge application of this principal." ~ Dr. Sam Ridgway, President, National Marine Mammal Foundation, founder of U.S. Navy Diving Marine Mammal Project

"I wholeheartedly support all you are doing with the Hyperbaric Oxygen Acute Stroke Treatment Ambulance project." ~ Bob Cowan, Managing Director, Cowan Hyperbaric Chamber Manufacturing Company

 "The 2011 published report by McCormick, Houle, Saltzman, Whaley, and Roy in the prestigious Journal of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society presented the statistically significant finding that Hyperbaric Oxygen has the capability to potentially reverse Acute Stroke Symptoms of humans in the first three hours post stroke. Further, these authors demonstrated in their analysis that for the most part hyperbaric oxygen is not a stand alone treatment for stroke, but rather a synergistic bridge to improve current standard of care with thrombolytic therapy for ischemic strokes. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Ambulance delivery system has the potential to put acute stroke patients in a safe hyperbaric oxygen induced brain stasis that will allow stroke patients to travel long distances to a stroke center with an expanded time window for the thrombolytics to work. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Ambulance technique proposed on this Web Site is a much needed clinical research trial necessary to gain future FDA approval for standard of care use of Hyperbaric Oxygen for Acute Stroke." ~ Dr. Peter Bennett,  Executive Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Director, Hyperbaric Center, Duke University Medical Center, Founder & 1st President, Diver's Alert Network 
 


CONSULTANTS FOR AMBULANCE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN CHAMBER SAFETY, DESIGN, CERTIFICATION & CONSTRUCTION

 

Col. W.T. Workman, MS, CAsP, CHT, FAsMA Hyperbaric Facility Safety by Col. W.T. WorkmanUHMS logo
Director
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
San Antonio, Texas 
Author, Hyperbaric Facility Safety 
   

Robert C. Whaley, PhD, PERobert C. Whaley, PhD, PE
President & CEO
DynaMech Analysis, LLC
Reston, Virginia
Immediate Past Director of Diving Programs
Naval Sea Systems Command
U.S. Navy, Washington, DC 

Mark Van Arnam American Vehicles Company
President and CEO
American Emergency Vehicles Company 
Jefferson, North Carolina


Bob CowanBob Cowan, Managing Director of Cowan Manufacturing, manufactured our hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
Managing Director,
Cowan Manufacturing PTY LTD
Manufactured our Hyberbaric Oxygen Chamber
New South Wales, Australia

David Hudler
Sales Manager, Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.
Jefferson, North Carolina 

Reynolds B.H. Lassiter, MBA
Consultant
New York City


 


 MEDICAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS   

James Toole , MDCerebrovascular Disorders by Dr. James Toole
Past President World Federation of Neurology
Past President International Stroke Society
Founding Director Stroke Center &
Emeritus Professor of Neurology
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 
Author, Cerebrovascular Disorders

Samuel H. Ridgway, DVM, PhD, DACZMDr. Ridgway giving veterinary care to a beached whale.
Founder of U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Biomedical Program
President, National Marine Mammal Foundation 
Emeritus Professor, Comparative Pathology
School of Medicine, University of California, San Deigo
(photo-Dr. Ridgway giving veterinary care to a beached, sick baby sperm whale which was taken to the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Biomedical Center for care.) 

Roy L. Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAAEM
Medical Director, Forsyth County Emergency Medical Service
Medical Advisor Disaster Services, NC Office of EMS
Assistant Medical Director, North Carolina Office of Emergency Medicine
Chairman, Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee at ACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine  

Col. Daniel L. Ozimek, NREMT-P
Director, Forsyth County Emergency Medical Service
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

Peter B. Bennett, PhD, DSc.Bennett Book-99Peter Bennet, PhD 
Executive Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and
Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Environmental Physiology 
Duke University Medical Center
Founder & 1st President, Diver's Alert Network
Durham, North Carolina 

Herbert A. Saltzman, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Environmental Physiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Timothy T. Houle, PhD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Thomas T. McCutchen, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology 
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

John A. Wilson, MD, FACS, FAANS
Professor, Neurosurgery
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Sam A. Deadwyler. PhD
Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Wake Forest University Health Sciences  

Charles E. McCall, MD
Director, Translational Science Institute
Professor, Molecular Medicine Translational Science Institute
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Arthritis-Musculoskeletal DRC 

John C. Moskop, PhD
Wallace and Mona Wu Chair in Biomedical Ethics
Professor of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

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