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SEATTLE, Wash. – (Nov. 27, 2006) – Neil Hampson, MD, Medical Director, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, recently received the prestigious Paul Bert Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the major scientific hyperbaric medical organization in the world. The Paul Bert Award is given annually in recognition of continued diligence and excellence in the practice of hyperbaric medicine and/or basic research.

Dr. Hampson, a past-president of UHMS, has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in the field of hyperbaric and diving medicine. He is also an international expert in the area of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. His work has included raising awareness of CO poisoning of children in the back of pick-up trucks, CO poisoning on boats and the misuse of charcoal briquettes indoors. His charcoal briquette project resulted in a national warning label change, reducing CO poisoning deaths from this source in the United States by 50 percent.

After Hurricane Katrina, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was worried about CO poisoning from gasoline-powered generators. They called upon Dr. Hampson to help track the cases in the Gulf Coast region.

Dr. Hampson’s reporting system proved so effective that he is now working with the CDC to implement the system nationwide to routinely monitor CO poisoning in the United States.

“The nicest thing about this award is that it recognizes the value of practice-based clinical research. You don’t have to be a lab funded by the National Institute of Health to produce research that has a significant impact. Recognizing this kind of work done by a clinician in practice will encourage others to do the same thing,” said Dr. Hampson.

Dr. Hampson has been with VM since 1988 and was appointed Medical Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine in 1989.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a not-for-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 500 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
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