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Dr Paul Harch M.D. - Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDDr Paul Harch M.D.

1976-1980 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine, 1980

1972-1976 The University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

 

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING

6/1980-12/1982 Two years general surgery training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Denver, Colorado, with six months leave for auto-ped accident

6/1986 Orientation course in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach, California

7/1986-7/1987 Radiology resident, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

9/1987 13th Annual National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Physician Diving Accident Medical Management Course, NOAA facility, Key Biscayne, Florida

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

5/1983-9/1984 Minor Emergency Center, Denver Tech Center/Swedish Hospital, Englewood, Colorado

7/1984-6/1985 Staff physician, emergency department, Hotel Dieu Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

7/1985-10/99 Hyperbaric medicine physician, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, Louisiana

9/1987-5/99 Staff physician, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, Hyperbaric and Diving Medical Unit

7/1985-Present Independent Contractor, Van Meter & Associates Emergency Medicine Physicians, emergency department experience at multiple New Orleans area hospitals

6/1986-Present Hyperbaric Medicine, independent contractor with Van Meter & Associates, multiple facilities in Metro New Orleans and vicinities

 

CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE

Board certified emergency medicine, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Inc., Forest Park, Georgia, July, 1997

Board certified hyperbaric medicine, American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, February 8, 1991.

Licensed in Louisiana - July, 1984; California - April, 1997; and Mississippi - August, 1997

Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support.

 

APPOINTMENTS & HONORS

7/1988-7/1990 Director, Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

7/1990-7/1993 Co-director, Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

7/1988-7/1993 Co-director, Emergency Department, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

1/1991-Present Member, Board of Directors, Baromedical Research Institute, New Orleans, LA

7/1991-1993 Medical Research Director, LSU Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Program

1992-2000 Clinical Instructor, Gratis Faculty, LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, Dept. of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Section

2000-Present Clinical Assistant Professor, Gratis Faculty, LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, Dept. Of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Section

7/1993-1998 Assistant Director, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

11/1997 Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 1998, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

11/1997 Elected Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine

9/1998-5/99 Medical Director, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

1998-Present National Coordinator Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute Stroke Pilot Trial — by invitation of James Toole, M.D., President of World Federation of Neurology, Director-National Stroke Research Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University; Co-Principal Investigator of Pilot Trial

5/1998 Chairman and Coordinator of Symposium on Design of a Multi-Center Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy/Stroke Trial, May 10-12, 1998, Washington, DC. Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology

6/20/98 Invited participant to planning group meeting of the German hyperbaric oxygen therapy in acute stroke trial, Göttingen, Germany

1999 Best Paper Award for Excellence in Research, 1999 Research Forum, Emergency Medicine Foundation

1/1999 Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 1999, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

2/8/2001 Invited guest appearance on Health Call TV Show, WLAE-TV,New Orleans, LA hosted by Jerry Romig.

3/16/2001 Guest speaker at Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation Board Meeting, University Hospital, New Orleans, LA.

6/2/2001 Invited guest speaker (3 segments) on Children's Miracle Network Telethon of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur, TX, June 2, 2001

1/2002 Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 2002, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Served on 4 Physician Review Panels in Louisiana malpractice cases.

Expert witness in emergency and diving medicine.

Testimony at two (2) Daubert hearings on SPECT brain imaging.

Expert witness in Georgia Medicaid Appeal Hearing, Approval of reimbursement for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of Cerebral Palsy, July, 2000.

 

PUBLICATIONS

1) Harch PG, Kriedt CL, Weisend MP, Van Meter KW, Sutherland RJ, Baromedical Research Institute & LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA and University of New Mexico, Depts. Of Psychology and Physiology, Albuquerque, NM Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (LPHBOT) Induces Cere-brovascular Changes and Improves Cognitive Function in a Rat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model. Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

2) Van Meter K, Moises J, Marcheselli V, Murphy-Lavoie H, Barton, C, Harch P, Bazan N. Baromedical Research Institute and LSU HSC Neuroscience Center, New Orleans, LA Attenuation of Lipid Peroxidation in Porcine Cerebral Cortex After A Prolonged 25-Minute Cardiopulmonary Arrest by High-Dose Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

3) Harch PG, Deckoff-Jones J, Neubauer RA Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Pediatric Brain Injury, A Minimal Risk Medical Treatment,PEDIATRICS, The American Academy of Pediatrics, P3R Review on Pediatrics Online, February 12, 2001

4) Harch, PG McGill University Pilot Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue III, 2000: pp. 44-45, 49.

5) Harch PG HOTFAST Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Acute Stroke. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue II, 2000: 8.

6) Harch PG Hyperbaric Medicine Officially Enters the Prohibition Era. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue II, 2000: pp. 13-16.

7) Harch PG, Neubauer RA Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Global Cerebral Ischemia/Anoxia and Coma. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, 1999.

8) Harch PG, Neubauer RA, Uszler JM, James PB, Maxfield W Functional Imaging. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, 1999.

9) Van Meter K, Weiss L, Harch PG Hyperbaric Oxygen in Emergency Medicine. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd revised edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle, WA 1999.

10) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps SS, Barratt DM, Roycraft EL, Moises J, Killeen J, Harch PG. Oxygen dose response in open-chest ACLS in swine after a 25-minute cardiopulmonary arrest. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1999, 34(4):S11

11) Barrett KF, Masel BE, Harch PG, Ingram F, Corson KP, Mader JT Cerebral Blood Flow Changes and Cognitive Improvement in Chronic Stable Traumatic Brain Injuries Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Neurology, April 1998; (Suppl) A178-A179.

12) Harch PG. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Pharmacology and Effects on Pathophysiology in Acute Central Nervous System Ischemia and Anoxia. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

13) Harch PG, Van Meter K. Controversies in the Treatment of Acute Carbon Monoxide Intoxication. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

14) Van Meter K, Harch PG. Acute Decompression Sickness--Central Nervous System Only. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

15) Joyner L, Harch P, Desai A, Brautbar N. Chronic Neurological Symptomatology and Abnormal SPECT Tomographic Analysis of the Brain After Nitrogen Tetroxide Exposure (N2O4). 1998 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting (Abstract accepted)

16) Harch PG, Kriedt CL, Weisend MP, Van Meter KW, Sutherland RJ. Low pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy induces cerebrovascular changes and improves cognitive and motor function in a rat traumatic brain injury model. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 1996; 23 (Suppl): 48.

17) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Simanonok J, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. A pilot study to determine the safety and practicality of using a single human resuscitator for a MVAD assisted ACLS after a 15 minute ventricular fibrillation in swine in a hyperbaric chamber at 1.0, 2.8, and6.0 ATA/abs. 1996 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Scientific Meeting, UHM Vol. 23 (Suppl): 69.

18) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. Use of varying hyperbaric pressure to influence pulmonary artery SvO2 values. Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center Retreat Day, 1996.

19) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. Electrical defibrillation to treat ventricular fibrillation in a controlled, non-randomized pilot in swine. 1996 Gulf Coast Chapter Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting. (Abstract accepted)

20) Harch PG. Late treatment of decompression illness and use of SPECT brain imaging. In Treatment of Decompression Illness, 45th Workshop of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (eds RE Moon, PJ Sheffield). UHMS, Kensington, 203-242.

21) Harch PG, Van Meter K, Staab PK, Gottlieb SF. HMPAO SPECT brain imaging-guided hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of neurological residual of carbon monoxide poisoning. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

22) Van Meter K, Harch P, Weiss L, Andrews C, Simanonok J, Gottlieb S. 14 year experience of the use of a tailing of hyperbaric oxygen treatments to lessen or resolve neurologic illness (DCI) in the acute (15 day) and sub-acute (16 day to 6 month) post-injury period. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

23) Ross D, Van Meter K, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Gottlieb SF, Anstadt G. Practical adaptation of the Anstadt heart cup (direct mechanical ventricular actuation/DMVA) for use in open chest resuscitation of swine in cardio-pulmonary arrest in hyperbaric environment. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

24) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Neubauer RA, Gottlieb SF. Use of HMPAO SPECT for assessment of response to HBO in ischemic/ hypoxic encephalopathies. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of hyperbaric medicine, 2nd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, pp 480-491.

25) Van Meter K, Harch P, Gottlieb S. Use of hyperbaric oxygen in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of hyperbaric medicine, 2nd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, pp 492-495.

26) Van Meter KW, Weiss L, Harch PG, et al. Should the pressure be off or on in the use of oxygen in the treatment of carbon monoxide-poisoned patients? Annals of Emergency Medicine 1994;24(2):283-288.

27) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Gottlieb SF, Staab P. HMPAO spect brain imaging of acute CO poisoning and delayed neuropsychological sequelae (DNSS). Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994;21(Suppl):15.

28) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Gottlieb SF, Staab P. The effect of HBOT tailing treatment on neurological residual and SPECT brain images in type II (cerebral) DCI/CAGE. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994;21(Suppl):22-23.

29) Harch PG, Gottlieb SF, Van Meter KW, Staab P. HMPAO SPECT brain imaging and low pressure HBOT in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic traumatic, ischemic, hypoxic and anoxic encephalopathies. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994; 21(Suppl):30.

30) Paul G. Harch, Keith W. Van Meter, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Paul Staab. Delayed treatment of type II DCS: the importance of low pressure HBOT and HMPAO SPECT brain imaging in its diagnosis and treatment. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 20(Suppl):51, 1993.

31) Paul G. Harch, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Keith Van Meter, Paul K. Staab. SPECT brain imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of type II decompression sickness. Proceedings, 1992 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Bethesda, Maryland, June, 1992.

32) Paul G. Harch, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Keith Van Meter, E. Kenneth Kerut, Harvey T. Swanson. Demonstration and explanation of the breach of the pulmonary filter with transesophageal bubble contrast echocardiography. Proceedings, 1992 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Bethesda, Maryland, June, 1992.

33) Mouw MW, Wolf CS, Zelenak RR, Harch PG, Baber LW, Glorioso LW et al. A prospective study comparing cervical spine radiographic evaluations with clinical presentations. Annals of Emergency Medicine 1988 17:9;879-880.

34) Maria Elena Sandoval, Paul Harch and Carl W. Cotman. Evaluation of glutamate as a hippocampal neurotransmitter: glutamate uptake and release from synaptosomes. Brain Research, 142 (1978) 285-299.

35) J. Frederick Wolf, Paul G. Harch, Robert W. Taft, Warren J. Hehre. Substituent effects on the stability of carbocations. The anomalous case of phenyl vs. cyclopropyl substitution. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 97:10, 2902-4, 1975.

36) J. Frederick Wolf, Paul G. Harch, Robert W. Taft. Concerning negligible aqueous solvent effects on proton transfer equilibria of aryl carbocations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 91:10, 2904-5, 1975.

 

ALTERNATE PUBLICATIONS AND FEATURED ARTICLES

1) Paul G. Harch, Wound Healing: Update on Growth Factors, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 3, number 1, Summer, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

2) Paul G. Harch, Amputation: The Last Resort, article in Doctor's Notes, an insert into the Slidell Sentry News and other Gulf Coast Sunday newspapers, August 18, 1991.

3) Keith Van Meter, Paul G. Harch, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 2, number 1, Winter, 1990.

4) Paul G. Harch, Keith Van Meter, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Thermal Burns, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 1, number 2, Winter, 1989, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND LECTURES

1) Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (LPHBOT) Induces Cere-brovascular Changes and Improves Cognitive Function in a Rat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model. Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

2) Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine on the Brain presented to Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, April 19,2001

3) Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine on the Brain presented to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Wileman Learning Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 18,2001

4) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and its' effect on Neuro-rehabilitation, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center, Integris Health, Oklahoma, April 18, 2001

5) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Head and Neck Radionecrosis and Osseointegration, LSU Dental Clinic, Charity Campus, April 6, 2001

6) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Reappraisal: Application to Acute and Chronic Neurological Injury. Invited presentation through the office of Congressman Istook to National Institutes of Health, Neurological Divisions, February 21, 2001, Bethesda, Maryland.

7) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute and Chronic Brain Injury with Special Emphasis on Acute Traumatic Brain Injury, invited through the office of Congressman Istook to give presentation to American Heart Association, Veteran's Administration, NIH Mental Health Agency, SAMSHA, and other Federal Government Agencies, hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Feb. 21, 2001, Rockville, Maryland.

8) Generic Inhibitory Drug Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on Reperfusion Injury, a segment of the Focused Workshop, “Hyperbaric Oxygenation: A New Therapy for Acute Brain Injury (Traumatic and Vascular) presented under the Auspices of the Space and Underwater Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology at EFNS-2000, 5th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, October 14-18, 2000, Copenhagen, Denmark

9) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Central Nervous System Rehabilitation presented to Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Orleans, LA August 4, 2000

10) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Treatment of Chronic Stroke and other Neurological Diseases presented to the Adult Communicative Disorders Support Group at Ochsner Clinic, Division of Communicative Disorders, New Orleans, LA July 17, 2000

11) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal presented at West Jefferson Medical Center, CME Activity, Marrero, LA June 21, 2000

12) Parent Networking and Discovery of Hyperbaric Oxygen as a Therapy for Brain Damage (Julie Gordon, MUMS and Paul Harch, M.D.) presented at “Crossing Disciplines and Boundaries to Improve Perinatal Care” A Multi-State Conference, National Perinatal Association, Albany, N.Y., June 9, 2000

13) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Head and Neck Radionecrosis and Osseointegration presented to LSU Oral and Maxillofacial Department, LSU Dental School, New Orleans, LA, March 28, 2000

14) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy presented to Farhad Grotto, Harahan, LA, March 22, 2000

15) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Static Encephalopathy presented to the Southeast Regional Chapter of Physical Therapists, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA, December 1, 1999

16) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Static Encephalopathy of Childhood presented to Jefferson Parish School Board's Physical and Occupational Therapy Department, Harahan, LA, November 11, 1999

17) Guest on CHQR Radio, Topic: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Calgary, Canada, November 9, 1999

18) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Acute and Chronic Human Global Ischemia, Anoxia, and Coma (GIAC): A Review of Treatment Timing, Pressures, and Numbers presented at the 4th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 1999

19) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy and Static Encephalopathy of Childhood presented at 1st International Symposium on Cerebral Palsy & The Brain Injured Child, Boca Raton, FL, July 23 - 25, 1999

20) Cerebral Palsy/HBOT Interview by Meg Farris for Medical Watch segment of Channel 4 Eyewitness News, New Orleans, LA, 4/30/99

21) Application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Acute Neurological Conditions presented at Hyperbaric Medicine 1999, 7th Annual Advanced Symposium, Columbia, South Carolina, April, 1999

22) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal presented at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, UT Southwestern Faculty Club, Emergency Medicine Residents, and Alternative Medicine Research Foundation, February 23, 1999, Dallas, Texas

23) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Effect on Reperfusion Injury presented at “HBO-Quo Vadis?” HBO-Workshop 1998, November 28-29, 1998, Graz, Austria

24) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Effect on Reperfusion Injury presented at Interdisciplinary Symposium on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 1998. June 20-21, 1998, Göttingen, Germany

25) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Pharmacology and Effects on Pathophysiology in Acute Central Nervous System and Anoxia. Presented at PS1-Symposium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute Ischemic and Anoxic Central Nervous System Injuy, co-chaired by P. Harch and J. Aarli, Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury. May 9-13, 1998, Washington, DC.

26) Controversies in the Treatment of Acute Carbon Monoxide Intoxication. Presented at PS8-Symposium Hyperbaric Medicine for Acute CNS Injury, Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury. May 9-13, 1998, Washington, DC.

27) Chronic Neurological Symptomatology and Abnormal SPECT Tomographic Analysis of the Brain After Nitrogen Tetroxide Exposure (N204). 1998 Society of Toxicology Meeting, March 1-5, 1998.

28) Session 3 - Physics and Delivery Systems: Hyperbaric Oxygen Concepts, Dosage, Pressures, Effects, Timing, and Applications to Stroke. Hyperacute Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Stroke Workshop sponsored by the Stroke Research Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, November 2 - 4, 1997, Winston-Salem, NC.

29) Review of SPECT Brain Imaging and Decompression Sickness presented to Diving Medicine Group at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, Physiology Department 10/2/97

30) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Brain Injury. Hyperbaric Section Meeting, American College of Emergency Physicians, September 9, 1996, New Orleans, Louisiana.

31) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Cerebral Palsy. Presentation to Miami Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Neurology, 1996.

32) Videotape case presentations, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Cerebral Palsy. International Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September, 1996. 33) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal. Northshore Regional Medical Center Medical Staff, March 20, 1996.

34) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and SPECT Brain Imaging in Treatment of Cerebral Manifestations of Autoimmune Diseases. LSU School of Medicine Monthly Citywide Rheumatology Conference, September 27, 1995, New Orleans, Louisiana.

35) CNS Injuries and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, August 18-20, 1995, Gulfport, Mississippi, Gulfport Regional Medical Center.

36) Late treatment of decompression illness and use of SPECT brain imaging. Workshop on Treatment of Decompression Illness. June 18-19, 1995, Palm Beach Florida.

37) New Concepts in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness, Louisiana Council of Underwater Diving Clubs, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, February 11, 1995.

38) New Concepts in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness, Recertification Course for Diver Medics, Houma, Louisiana, February 12, 1995.

39) Angiogenesis in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Neurological Ramifications: Perfusion/Metabolism Deficits; Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Smoke Inhalation). Lectures during Hyperbaric Medicine: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications, December 12-16, 1994, L.S.U. Medical Center, New Orleans, LA.

40) New Concepts in Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness; Advances in the Treatment of Brain Injuries Such as Trauma and Stroke. Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, October 8-10, 1994, Gulfport Mississippi.

41) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Tailing Treatment and SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness. Presentation to the conjoint meeting of the Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology of the World Federation of Neurology and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, August 26, 1994, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

42) Grand Rounds. August 16, 1994, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

43) Decompression Sickness, Encephalopathy and SPECT Brain Imaging, NBDHMT Diver Medic Recertification Course, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA February 26, 1994.

44) SPECT Brain Imaging and Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Type II Brain Decompression Sickness. L.S.U. School of Medicine, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, New Orleans, LA, February 17, 1994.

45) Diving Accidents and Decompression Sickness, Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Clinical Practice, October 22, 1993, Holiday Inn, Beachfront, Hosted by Hyperbaric Medicine and Problem Wound Care Unit, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi.

46) Decompression Sickness: Why Standard Treatment Fails in Delayed Presentation Cases, delivered at the Satellite Symposium World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology, Waterfront Centre Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 11, 1993

47) Edgar End Memorial Award presented for Edgar End Memorial Lecture, "Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment of the Brain Injured Diver with SPECT Brain Imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy," American College of Hyperbaric Medicine Annual Meeting/Gulf Coast Chapter Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting, April 24, 1993, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

48) Guest lecturer, Advanced Topics in Hyperbaric Medicine Course, April 5-7, 1993, Columbia, South Carolina.

49) SPECT Brain Imaging in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Delayed Presentation Cases of Brain Decompression Sickness. Second Annual Meeting of the Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology, World Federation of Neurology, Messina, Sicily, October 21, 1992.

50) Hyperbaric Medicine, A Limited Review, Primary Practice Considerations II, September 8, 1991, sponsored by Northshore Regional Medical Center, Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA.

51) Pulmonary Barotrauma I: Cerebral Arterial Air Embolism, National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT), Diver Medic Recertification Program, February 23, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

52) Reducing the Risk of Decompression Sickness, NBDHMT Diver Medic Recertification Program, February 24, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

53) Managing Patients With Pain of Sudden Onset, Pain Management Inservice, November 6, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

54) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Podiatry, Keynote address, Region Ten Meeting of the American Podiatric Association, Westin Canal Place, October 18, 1990, New Orleans, LA.

55) Choices and Consequences of "Doin the Wild Thing," Young Adult Series Part III, Community Education Series, June 21, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

56) Sexual Boundaries in Adolescence, panel discussion, Community Education Program, April 5, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

57) Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Presentation at Northshore Regional Medical Center staff meeting, March, 1990, Slidell, LA.

58) AIDS Update 1990, Community Education Series, March 1, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

59) Diabetes Mellitus and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Community Education Series, January 31, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

60) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Review, presentation to Highland Park Hospital Medical Staff Meeting, January, 1988, Covington, LA.

 

SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

1) American College of Emergency Physicians

2) American College of Hyperbaric Medicine; Elected Fellow in October 1997.

3) World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology,1993 - present.

4) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, 1992 - 1997

5) Association of Emergency Physicians

6) Louisiana Chapter, American Medical Association

7) Orleans Parish Medical Society

8) Southern Medical Association

9) Institute of Noetic Sciences

10) Louisiana State Medical Society

11) American Association of Physician Specialists

 

RESEARCH GRANTS AND AWARDS

1) March, 1993. Grant of new $650,000 Siemens multiSPECT gamma camera for use in SPECT brain imaging research.

2) April, 1993. Edgar End Memorial Award for excellence in research, Neurological Applications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

3) August, 1993. A $2,500 equivalent grant from Amersham/Medi-Physics for SPECT brain imaging of neurologically normal controls.

4) December, 1995. $25,000 grant from Louis Ross, Sr. for brain injury research.

5) April, 1997. $7,500 equivalent grant from Dupont Pharma Radiopharmaceuticals for 25 doses of Neurolite to use in SPECT brain imaging study of N2O4 exposed and non-exposed individuals

6) September, 1997. $50,000 grant from Louis Ross, Sr. for brain injury research.

7) November, 1997. Unrestricted grant in the amount of $3,000 for Scientific and Educational Activities from Dupont Pharma Radiopharmaceuticals.

8) October, 1999. Best Paper Award for Excellence in Research, 1999 Research Forum, Emergency Medicine Foundation: VanMeter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps SS, Barratt DM, Roycraft EL, Moises J, Killeen J, Harch PG Oxygen dose response in open-chest ACLS in swine after a 25-minute cardiopulmonary arrest. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1999, 34(4):S11.

7/1985-10/99 Hyperbaric medicine physician, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, Louisiana

9/1987-5/99 Staff physician, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, Hyperbaric and Diving Medical Unit

7/1985-Present Independent Contractor, Van Meter & Associates Emergency Medicine Physicians, emergency department experience at multiple New Orleans area hospitals

6/1986-Present Hyperbaric Medicine, independent contractor with Van Meter & Associates, multiple facilities in Metro New Orleans and vicinities

 

CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE

Board certified emergency medicine, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Inc., Forest Park, Georgia, July, 1997

Board certified hyperbaric medicine, American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, February 8, 1991.

Licensed in Louisiana - July, 1984; California - April, 1997; and Mississippi - August, 1997

Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support.

 

APPOINTMENTS & HONORS

7/1988-7/1990 Director, Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

7/1990-7/1993 Co-director, Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

7/1988-7/1993 Co-director, Emergency Department, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA

1/1991-Present Member, Board of Directors, Baromedical Research Institute, New Orleans, LA

7/1991-1993 Medical Research Director, LSU Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Program

1992-2000 Clinical Instructor, Gratis Faculty, LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, Dept. of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Section

2000-Present Clinical Assistant Professor, Gratis Faculty, LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, Dept. Of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Section

7/1993-1998 Assistant Director, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

11/1997 Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 1998, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

11/1997 Elected Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine

9/1998-5/99 Medical Director, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

1998-Present National Coordinator Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute Stroke Pilot Trial — by invitation of James Toole, M.D., President of World Federation of Neurology, Director-National Stroke Research Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University; Co-Principal Investigator of Pilot Trial

5/1998  Chairman and Coordinator of Symposium on Design of a Multi-Center Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy/Stroke Trial, May 10-12, 1998, Washington, DC. Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology

6/20/98 Invited participant to planning group meeting of the German hyperbaric oxygen therapy in acute stroke trial, Göttingen, Germany

1999 Best Paper Award for Excellence in Research, 1999 Research Forum, Emergency Medicine Foundation

1/1999  Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 1999, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

2/8/2001  Invited guest appearance on Health Call TV Show, WLAE-TV,New Orleans, LA hosted by Jerry Romig.

3/16/2001 Guest speaker at Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation Board Meeting, University Hospital, New Orleans, LA.

6/2/2001  Invited guest speaker (3 segments) on Children's Miracle Network Telethon of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur, TX, June 2, 2001

1/2002  Oral Examiner for Emergency Medicine Board exam, January, 2002, Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Served on 4 Physician Review Panels in Louisiana malpractice cases.

Expert witness in emergency and diving medicine.

Testimony at two (2) Daubert hearings on SPECT brain imaging.

Expert witness in Georgia Medicaid Appeal Hearing, Approval of reimbursement for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of Cerebral Palsy, July, 2000.

 

PUBLICATIONS

1) Harch PG, Kriedt CL, Weisend MP, Van Meter KW, Sutherland RJ, Baromedical Research Institute & LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA and University of New Mexico, Depts. Of Psychology and Physiology, Albuquerque, NM Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (LPHBOT) Induces Cere-brovascular Changes and Improves Cognitive Function in a Rat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model. Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

2) Van Meter K, Moises J, Marcheselli V, Murphy-Lavoie H, Barton, C, Harch P, Bazan N. Baromedical Research Institute and LSU HSC Neuroscience Center, New Orleans, LA Attenuation of Lipid Peroxidation in Porcine Cerebral Cortex After A Prolonged 25-Minute Cardiopulmonary Arrest by High-Dose Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

3) Harch PG, Deckoff-Jones J, Neubauer RA Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Pediatric Brain Injury, A Minimal Risk Medical Treatment,PEDIATRICS, The American Academy of Pediatrics, P3R Review on Pediatrics Online, February 12, 2001

4) Harch, PG McGill University Pilot Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue III, 2000: pp. 44-45, 49.

5) Harch PG HOTFAST Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Acute Stroke. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue II, 2000: 8.

6) Harch PG Hyperbaric Medicine Officially Enters the Prohibition Era. Hyperbaric Medicine Today, Vol. I, Issue II, 2000: pp. 13-16.

7) Harch PG, Neubauer RA Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Global Cerebral Ischemia/Anoxia and Coma. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, 1999.

8) Harch PG, Neubauer RA, Uszler JM, James PB, Maxfield W Functional Imaging. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, 1999.

9) Van Meter K, Weiss L, Harch PG Hyperbaric Oxygen in Emergency Medicine. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine, 3rd revised edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle, WA 1999.

10) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps SS, Barratt DM, Roycraft EL, Moises J, Killeen J, Harch PG. Oxygen dose response in open-chest ACLS in swine after a 25-minute cardiopulmonary arrest. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1999, 34(4):S11

11) Barrett KF, Masel BE, Harch PG, Ingram F, Corson KP, Mader JT Cerebral Blood Flow Changes and Cognitive Improvement in Chronic Stable Traumatic Brain Injuries Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Neurology, April 1998; (Suppl) A178-A179.

12) Harch PG. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Pharmacology and Effects on Pathophysiology in Acute Central Nervous System Ischemia and Anoxia. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

13) Harch PG, Van Meter K. Controversies in the Treatment of Acute Carbon Monoxide Intoxication. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

14) Van Meter K, Harch PG. Acute Decompression Sickness--Central Nervous System Only. 1998 Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury, Fourth Congress of the Space and Underwater Neurology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology, (Abstract accepted)

15) Joyner L, Harch P, Desai A, Brautbar N. Chronic Neurological Symptomatology and Abnormal SPECT Tomographic Analysis of the Brain After Nitrogen Tetroxide Exposure (N2O4). 1998 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting (Abstract accepted)

16) Harch PG, Kriedt CL, Weisend MP, Van Meter KW, Sutherland RJ. Low pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy induces cerebrovascular changes and improves cognitive and motor function in a rat traumatic brain injury model. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 1996; 23 (Suppl): 48.

17) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Simanonok J, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. A pilot study to determine the safety and practicality of using a single human resuscitator for a MVAD assisted ACLS after a 15 minute ventricular fibrillation in swine in a hyperbaric chamber at 1.0, 2.8, and6.0 ATA/abs. 1996 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Scientific Meeting, UHM Vol. 23 (Suppl): 69.

18) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. Use of varying hyperbaric pressure to influence pulmonary artery SvO2 values. Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center Retreat Day, 1996.

19) Van Meter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Ross D, Harch PG, Buechter K, McSwain N, Kriedt F, Gottlieb SF, Gonzalez R, Anstadt G. Electrical defibrillation to treat ventricular fibrillation in a controlled, non-randomized pilot in swine. 1996 Gulf Coast Chapter Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting. (Abstract accepted)

20) Harch PG. Late treatment of decompression illness and use of SPECT brain imaging. In Treatment of Decompression Illness, 45th Workshop of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (eds RE Moon, PJ Sheffield). UHMS, Kensington, 203-242.

21) Harch PG, Van Meter K, Staab PK, Gottlieb SF. HMPAO SPECT brain imaging-guided hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of neurological residual of carbon monoxide poisoning. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

22) Van Meter K, Harch P, Weiss L, Andrews C, Simanonok J, Gottlieb S. 14 year experience of the use of a tailing of hyperbaric oxygen treatments to lessen or resolve neurologic illness (DCI) in the acute (15 day) and sub-acute (16 day to 6 month) post-injury period. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

23) Ross D, Van Meter K, Swanson HT, Sheps S, Gottlieb SF, Anstadt G. Practical adaptation of the Anstadt heart cup (direct mechanical ventricular actuation/DMVA) for use in open chest resuscitation of swine in cardio-pulmonary arrest in hyperbaric environment. 1995 UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Mar 30 - Apr 2, 1995.

24) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Neubauer RA, Gottlieb SF. Use of HMPAO SPECT for assessment of response to HBO in ischemic/ hypoxic encephalopathies. In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of hyperbaric medicine, 2nd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, pp 480-491.

25)  Van Meter K, Harch P, Gottlieb S. Use of hyperbaric oxygen in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In: Jain KK (ed). Textbook of hyperbaric medicine, 2nd Revised Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle WA, pp 492-495.

26) Van Meter KW, Weiss L, Harch PG, et al. Should the pressure be off or on in the use of oxygen in the treatment of carbon monoxide-poisoned patients? Annals of Emergency Medicine 1994;24(2):283-288.

27) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Gottlieb SF, Staab P. HMPAO spect brain imaging of acute CO poisoning and delayed neuropsychological sequelae (DNSS). Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994;21(Suppl):15.

28) Harch PG, Van Meter KW, Gottlieb SF, Staab P. The effect of HBOT tailing treatment on neurological residual and SPECT brain images in type II (cerebral) DCI/CAGE. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994;21(Suppl):22-23.

29) Harch PG, Gottlieb SF, Van Meter KW, Staab P. HMPAO SPECT brain imaging and low pressure HBOT in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic traumatic, ischemic, hypoxic and anoxic encephalopathies. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 1994; 21(Suppl):30.

30) Paul G. Harch, Keith W. Van Meter, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Paul Staab. Delayed treatment of type II DCS: the importance of low pressure HBOT and HMPAO SPECT brain imaging in its diagnosis and treatment. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 20(Suppl):51, 1993.

31) Paul G. Harch, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Keith Van Meter, Paul K. Staab. SPECT brain imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of type II decompression sickness. Proceedings, 1992 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Bethesda, Maryland, June, 1992.

32) Paul G. Harch, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Keith Van Meter, E. Kenneth Kerut, Harvey T. Swanson. Demonstration and explanation of the breach of the pulmonary filter with transesophageal bubble contrast echocardiography. Proceedings, 1992 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Bethesda, Maryland, June, 1992.

33) Mouw MW, Wolf CS, Zelenak RR, Harch PG, Baber LW, Glorioso LW et al. A prospective study comparing cervical spine radiographic evaluations with clinical presentations. Annals of Emergency Medicine 1988 17:9;879-880.

34) Maria Elena Sandoval, Paul Harch and Carl W. Cotman. Evaluation of glutamate as a hippocampal neurotransmitter: glutamate uptake and release from synaptosomes. Brain Research, 142 (1978) 285-299.

35) J. Frederick Wolf, Paul G. Harch, Robert W. Taft, Warren J. Hehre. Substituent effects on the stability of carbocations. The anomalous case of phenyl vs. cyclopropyl substitution. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 97:10, 2902-4, 1975.

36) J. Frederick Wolf, Paul G. Harch, Robert W. Taft. Concerning negligible aqueous solvent effects on proton transfer equilibria of aryl carbocations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 91:10, 2904-5, 1975.

 

ALTERNATE PUBLICATIONS AND FEATURED ARTICLES

1) Paul G. Harch, Wound Healing: Update on Growth Factors, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 3, number 1, Summer, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

2) Paul G. Harch, Amputation: The Last Resort, article in Doctor's Notes, an insert into the Slidell Sentry News and other Gulf Coast Sunday newspapers, August 18, 1991.

3) Keith Van Meter, Paul G. Harch, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 2, number 1, Winter, 1990.

4) Paul G. Harch, Keith Van Meter, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Thermal Burns, Hyperbaric Oxygen Today, volume 1, number 2, Winter, 1989, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND LECTURES

1) Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (LPHBOT) Induces Cere-brovascular Changes and Improves Cognitive Function in a Rat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model. Thirty-Fourth Annual Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting, June 14-16, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

2) Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine on the Brain presented to Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, April 19,2001

3) Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine on the Brain presented to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Wileman Learning Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 18,2001

4) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and its' effect on Neuro-rehabilitation, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center, Integris Health, Oklahoma, April 18, 2001

5) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Head and Neck Radionecrosis and Osseointegration, LSU Dental Clinic, Charity Campus, April 6, 2001

6) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Reappraisal: Application to Acute and Chronic Neurological Injury. Invited presentation through the office of Congressman Istook to National Institutes of Health, Neurological Divisions, February 21, 2001, Bethesda, Maryland.

7) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute and Chronic Brain Injury with Special Emphasis on Acute Traumatic Brain Injury, invited through the office of Congressman Istook to give presentation to American Heart Association, Veteran's Administration, NIH Mental Health Agency, SAMSHA, and other Federal Government Agencies, hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Feb. 21, 2001, Rockville, Maryland.

8) Generic Inhibitory Drug Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on Reperfusion Injury, a segment of the Focused Workshop, “Hyperbaric Oxygenation: A New Therapy for Acute Brain Injury (Traumatic and Vascular) presented under the Auspices of the Space and Underwater Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology at EFNS-2000, 5th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, October 14-18, 2000, Copenhagen, Denmark

9) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Central Nervous System Rehabilitation presented to Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Orleans, LA August 4, 2000

10) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Treatment of Chronic Stroke and other Neurological Diseases presented to the Adult Communicative Disorders Support Group at Ochsner Clinic, Division of Communicative Disorders, New Orleans, LA July 17, 2000

11) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal presented at West Jefferson Medical Center, CME Activity, Marrero, LA June 21, 2000

12) Parent Networking and Discovery of Hyperbaric Oxygen as a Therapy for Brain Damage (Julie Gordon, MUMS and Paul Harch, M.D.) presented at “Crossing Disciplines and Boundaries to Improve Perinatal Care” A Multi-State Conference, National Perinatal Association, Albany, N.Y., June 9, 2000

13) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Head and Neck Radionecrosis and Osseointegration presented to LSU Oral and Maxillofacial Department, LSU Dental School, New Orleans, LA, March 28, 2000

14) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy presented to Farhad Grotto, Harahan, LA, March 22, 2000

15) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Static Encephalopathy presented to the Southeast Regional Chapter of Physical Therapists, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA, December 1, 1999

16) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Static Encephalopathy of Childhood presented to Jefferson Parish School Board's Physical and Occupational Therapy Department, Harahan, LA, November 11, 1999

17) Guest on CHQR Radio, Topic: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Calgary, Canada, November 9, 1999

18)  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Acute and Chronic Human Global Ischemia, Anoxia, and Coma (GIAC): A Review of Treatment Timing, Pressures, and Numbers presented at the 4th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 1999

19) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy and Static Encephalopathy of Childhood presented at 1st International Symposium on Cerebral Palsy & The Brain Injured Child, Boca Raton, FL, July 23 - 25, 1999

20) Cerebral Palsy/HBOT Interview by Meg Farris for Medical Watch segment of Channel 4 Eyewitness News, New Orleans, LA, 4/30/99

21) Application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Acute Neurological Conditions presented at Hyperbaric Medicine 1999, 7th Annual Advanced Symposium, Columbia, South Carolina, April, 1999

22) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal presented at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, UT Southwestern Faculty Club, Emergency Medicine Residents, and Alternative Medicine Research Foundation, February 23, 1999, Dallas, Texas

23) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Effect on Reperfusion Injury presented at “HBO-Quo Vadis?” HBO-Workshop 1998, November 28-29, 1998, Graz, Austria

24) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Effect on Reperfusion Injury presented at Interdisciplinary Symposium on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 1998. June 20-21, 1998, Göttingen, Germany

25) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Pharmacology and Effects on Pathophysiology in Acute Central Nervous System and Anoxia. Presented at PS1-Symposium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute Ischemic and Anoxic Central Nervous System Injuy, co-chaired by P. Harch and J. Aarli, Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury. May 9-13, 1998, Washington, DC.

26) Controversies in the Treatment of Acute Carbon Monoxide Intoxication. Presented at PS8-Symposium Hyperbaric Medicine for Acute CNS Injury, Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury. May 9-13, 1998, Washington, DC.

27) Chronic Neurological Symptomatology and Abnormal SPECT Tomographic Analysis of the Brain After Nitrogen Tetroxide Exposure (N204). 1998 Society of Toxicology Meeting, March 1-5, 1998.

28)  Session 3 - Physics and Delivery Systems: Hyperbaric Oxygen Concepts, Dosage, Pressures, Effects, Timing, and Applications to Stroke. Hyperacute Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Stroke Workshop sponsored by the Stroke Research Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, November 2 - 4, 1997, Winston-Salem, NC.

29) Review of SPECT Brain Imaging and Decompression Sickness presented to Diving Medicine Group at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, Physiology Department 10/2/97

30) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Brain Injury. Hyperbaric Section Meeting, American College of Emergency Physicians, September 9, 1996, New Orleans, Louisiana.

31) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Cerebral Palsy. Presentation to Miami Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Neurology, 1996.

32) Videotape case presentations, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Cerebral Palsy. International Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September, 1996.   

33) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Reappraisal. Northshore Regional Medical Center Medical Staff, March 20, 1996.

34) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and SPECT Brain Imaging in Treatment of Cerebral Manifestations of Autoimmune Diseases. LSU School of Medicine Monthly Citywide Rheumatology Conference, September 27, 1995, New Orleans, Louisiana.

35) CNS Injuries and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, August 18-20, 1995, Gulfport, Mississippi, Gulfport Regional Medical Center.

36) Late treatment of decompression illness and use of SPECT brain imaging. Workshop on Treatment of Decompression Illness. June 18-19, 1995, Palm Beach Florida.

37) New Concepts in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness, Louisiana Council of Underwater Diving Clubs, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, February 11, 1995.

38) New Concepts in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness, Recertification Course for Diver Medics, Houma, Louisiana, February 12, 1995.

39) Angiogenesis in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Neurological Ramifications: Perfusion/Metabolism Deficits; Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Smoke Inhalation). Lectures during Hyperbaric Medicine: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications, December 12-16, 1994, L.S.U. Medical Center, New Orleans, LA.

40) New Concepts in Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness; Advances in the Treatment of Brain Injuries Such as Trauma and Stroke. Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, October 8-10, 1994, Gulfport Mississippi.

41)  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Tailing Treatment and SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Cerebral Decompression Sickness. Presentation to the conjoint meeting of the Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology of the World Federation of Neurology and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, August 26, 1994, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

42)  Grand Rounds. August 16, 1994, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

43) Decompression Sickness, Encephalopathy and SPECT Brain Imaging, NBDHMT Diver Medic Recertification Course, Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA February 26, 1994.

44) SPECT Brain Imaging and Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Type II Brain Decompression Sickness. L.S.U. School of Medicine, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, New Orleans, LA, February 17, 1994.

45) Diving Accidents and Decompression Sickness, Indications and Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Clinical Practice, October 22, 1993, Holiday Inn, Beachfront, Hosted by Hyperbaric Medicine and Problem Wound Care Unit, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi.

46) Decompression Sickness: Why Standard Treatment Fails in Delayed Presentation Cases, delivered at the Satellite Symposium World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology, Waterfront Centre Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 11, 1993

47) Edgar End Memorial Award presented for Edgar End Memorial Lecture, "Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment of the Brain Injured Diver with SPECT Brain Imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy," American College of Hyperbaric Medicine Annual Meeting/Gulf Coast Chapter Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting, April 24, 1993, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

48) Guest lecturer, Advanced Topics in Hyperbaric Medicine Course, April 5-7, 1993, Columbia, South Carolina.

49) SPECT Brain Imaging in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Delayed Presentation Cases of Brain Decompression Sickness. Second Annual Meeting of the Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology, World Federation of Neurology, Messina, Sicily, October 21, 1992.

50) Hyperbaric Medicine, A Limited Review, Primary Practice Considerations II, September 8, 1991, sponsored by Northshore Regional Medical Center, Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA.

51) Pulmonary Barotrauma I: Cerebral Arterial Air Embolism, National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT), Diver Medic Recertification Program, February 23, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

52) Reducing the Risk of Decompression Sickness, NBDHMT Diver Medic Recertification Program, February 24, 1991, Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine and Diving Unit, New Orleans, LA.

53) Managing Patients With Pain of Sudden Onset, Pain Management Inservice, November 6, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

54) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Podiatry, Keynote address, Region Ten Meeting of the American Podiatric Association, Westin Canal Place, October 18, 1990, New Orleans, LA.

55) Choices and Consequences of "Doin the Wild Thing," Young Adult Series Part III, Community Education Series, June 21, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

56) Sexual Boundaries in Adolescence, panel discussion, Community Education Program, April 5, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

57) Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Presentation at Northshore Regional Medical Center staff meeting, March, 1990, Slidell, LA.

58) AIDS Update 1990, Community Education Series, March 1, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

59) Diabetes Mellitus and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Community Education Series, January 31, 1990, Northshore Regional Medical Center, Slidell, LA.

60) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Review, presentation to Highland Park Hospital Medical Staff Meeting, January, 1988, Covington, LA.

 

SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

1) American College of Emergency Physicians

2) American College of Hyperbaric Medicine; Elected Fellow in October 1997.

3) World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Space and Underwater Neurology,1993 - present.

4) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, 1992 - 1997

5) Association of Emergency Physicians

6) Louisiana Chapter, American Medical Association

7) Orleans Parish Medical Society

8) Southern Medical Association

9) Institute of Noetic Sciences

10) Louisiana State Medical Society

11) American Association of Physician Specialists

 

RESEARCH GRANTS AND AWARDS

1) March, 1993. Grant of new $650,000 Siemens multiSPECT gamma camera for use in SPECT brain imaging research.

2) April, 1993. Edgar End Memorial Award for excellence in research, Neurological Applications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

3) August, 1993. A $2,500 equivalent grant from Amersham/Medi-Physics for SPECT brain imaging of neurologically normal controls.

4) December, 1995. $25,000 grant from Louis Ross, Sr. for brain injury research.

5) April, 1997. $7,500 equivalent grant from Dupont Pharma Radiopharmaceuticals for 25 doses of Neurolite to use in SPECT brain imaging study of N2O4 exposed and non-exposed individuals

6) September, 1997. $50,000 grant from Louis Ross, Sr. for brain injury research.

7) November, 1997. Unrestricted grant in the amount of $3,000 for Scientific and Educational Activities from Dupont Pharma Radiopharmaceuticals.

8) October, 1999. Best Paper Award for Excellence in Research, 1999 Research Forum, Emergency Medicine Foundation: VanMeter KW, Swanson HT, Sheps SS, Barratt DM, Roycraft EL, Moises J, Killeen J, Harch PG Oxygen dose response in open-chest ACLS in swine after a 25-minute cardiopulmonary arrest. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1999, 34(4):S11.