Established in 1965, the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at Shock Trauma is internationally recognized for its leadership and expertise in the clinical application of hyperbaric therapy.

With the only multiplace hyperbaric chamber in the State of Maryland, the Center can accommodate up to 23 patients and care providers per dive.

Conditions that are responsive to hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:

  • Gas/air embolism and decompression illness
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Clostridial and nonclostridial gas gangrene, including necrotizing infections
  • Crush injury and acute traumatic ischemia
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Acute blood loss anemia (particularly in Jehovah's Witnesses)
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Enhancement of healing in selected wound problems, such as nonhealing ulcers in patients with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease

Within this Center, recreational and commercial scuba divers can also undergo dive physicals to ensure they are healthy enough to dive.

Specialists at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center are available for consultation and patient referral 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ambulatory patients are evaluated in Shock Trauma's Outpatient Clinic on a scheduled basis.

Call University OneCall/Maryland ExpressCare at 1-800-373-4111 for easy access and no-hassle service.

Hyperbaric Medicine Faculty

Robert E. Rosenthal, MD

Chief, Hyperbaric Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Special Interests: Hyperbaric Medicine; Wound Healing; Diving Injuries; Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; Radiation Tissue Damage
Medical Degree: New York University School of Medicine, MD
Residencies: George Washington University - Internal Medicine
Certification: Emergency Medicine; Internal Medicine
410-328-6152 / office

Kinjal Sethuraman, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Hyperbaric Medicine
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Special Interests: Wound Care; Carbon Monoxide Toxicity; Inflammation and Tissue Damage
Medical Degree: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: Boston Medical Center - Emergency Medicine
Fellowship: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System - International Emergency Medicine, Global Health Fellowship
Certification: Emergency Medicine
410-328-6152 / office

Douglas G. Sward, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Special Interests: Dive Medicine; Wilderness Medicine; Wound Care; Carbon Monoxide Toxicity
Medical Degree: Medical College of Virginia, M.D.
Residencies: University of Maryland - Emergency Medicine
Certification: Emergency Medicine
410-328-6152 / office

Location and Contact Info

22 S. Greene St.
Ground Floor, West Elevator
Baltimore, MD 21201