The 2015 Recipient of the Eric P. Kindwall Award of Excellence in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine is awarded to Dr. Keith Van Meter in recognition of his significant impact on our specialty and dedication to the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Keith Van Meter truly exemplifies the clinical excellence that defines this award and has dedicated his professional life to Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dr. Van Meter is Professor and Chief of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine. He actively works in the Emergency Department and Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center at LSU, providing direct patient care and supervision of medical students, residents, and fellows in training. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine with subspecialty board certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dr. Van Meter is the Medical Director of the West Jefferson Medical Center Multiplace Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center, and the Medical Director of the Baromedical Research Institute Hyperbaric Laboratory in New Orleans where he has pursued his primary research interest, the application of hyperbaric oxygen in cardiopulmonary arrest. He is recognized as a world authority in diving casualties, having treated more than 600 commercial divers in the Gulf of Mexico who suffered from acute decompression sickness or arterial gas embolism.
Dr. Van Meter is widely published on trauma and hyperbaric medicine and is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Wounds. He has served on the Executive committee of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and was one of the original authors of the Physician’s Certification Examination in Hyperbaric Medicine.