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Bonaire’s Own Dr. Richard van der Vaart Honored by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

Earlier in June, Dr. Theodorus “Dick” van der Vaart traveled to Orlando, Florida to accept a very prestigious honor with the title “Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.” This award was bestowed upon him by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society to recognize Dr. van der Vaart’s work and commitment to diving medicine for the past 27 years on Bonaire as well as his local pioneering work in hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  He is now a member of a select group of individuals around the world, as only 30 Fellowships have been awarded by UHMS.

Dr. van der Vaart is presently working as the medical director and head physician with the Foundation Recompression Chamber Bonaire.  He was instrumental in procuring the island’s first recompression chamber many years ago, as a donation by the Royal Dutch Navy.  Over the years, he worked tirelessly to upgrade facilities and in recent years, the foundation was able to construct a new facility for the treatment of dive incidents or oxygen therapy with a state-of-the-art recompression chamber.

Pictured is Dr. John Feldmeier (president of the UHMS) bestowing the UHMS certificate to Dr. van der Vaart.  For more information about Bonaire’s recompression chamber and the facilities, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  Foundation Recompression Chamber Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 01, 2013 at 11:35am AST

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