Karen Van Hoesen

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Karen Van Hoesen became a certified diver at age 17 and a NAUI diving instructor in 1983 while teaching diving at UC Davis. Her interest in diving physiology and medicine prompted her to attend Duke University Medical School with subsequent collaboration with the Divers Alert Network and Duke Hyperbaric Center. Karen was the recipient of the Our World Underwater Scholarship in 1988. Van Hoesen is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine in Emergency Medicine at University of California San Diego and is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. She is also the director of the UCSD Diving Medicine Center and UCSD Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Karen is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on diving medicine. She loves opening up the underwater world to others and teaching all aspects of diving medicine and safety and an appreciation of the underwater environment.