Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

2018 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellows

Duke - Durham, North Carolina

 KeuskiDr. Brian Keuski,

Medical Education – Jefferson Medical College

Medical Specialty – Emergency Medicine

Dr. Keuski is a graduate of the University of Delaware, (B.A. 2003) and Jefferson Medical College, (M.D. 2007). He completed a transitional internship at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2008. Next, he completed diving medical officer training at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute (Groton, Connecticut) and Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (Panama City, Florida) June 2009. Dr. Keuski was then stationed at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit from 2009 until 2012, where he worked on swimming induced pulmonary edema, oxygen control in closed circuit rebreathers, and was the Institutional Review Board chairman. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2015 and then deployed with the 22D Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He completed his Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 with the Naval War College. Dr. Keuski is currently attending the fellowship in hyperbaric medicine at Duke University. He is a reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine and an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Keuski is a qualified diving medical officer, submarine medical officer, fleet marine force warfare officer, and saturation diving medical officer.


 tomoye2Dr. Edward Tomoye

Medical Education – Ohio State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Specialty – Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

After completing a master’s degree with a concentration in microbiology, Dr. Tomoye attended and graduated from Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006. He successfully completed a residency program in internal medicine at Plaza Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas after which he relocated to Massachusetts for fellowship training in infectious disease at the University of Massachusetts. While there, he participated in basic science and clinical research with Lyme disease.

Since completing his infectious disease fellowship in 2011, Dr. Tomoye has amassed diverse clinical experience in private practice, especially in the areas of internal medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, hyperbaric medicine & wound care, and infectious disease. In order to advance his knowledge in hyperbaric and dive medicine, in July 2017, he enrolled in a one year fellowship program at Duke University’s Department of Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine.


Hennepin County Medical Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Sahitya Settypalli Settypalli

Medical Education – Narayana Medical College, Nellore, India

Medical Specialty – Family Medicine

Dr. Settypalli is originally from India. She completed medical school in India and came to Peoria, Illinois where she finished her internal medicine residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is currently pursuing an undersea and hyperbaric medicine fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She enjoys cooking, drawing and traveling in her free time. She is interested in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

Louisiana State University - New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Juan C. Dapena dapena2

Medical Education – Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico.

Medical Specialty – Family Medicine 

Dr. Dapena is originally from Puerto Rico, where he graduated from Ponce School of Medicine in 2000. After completing an internship in internal medicine at US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, he immediately went on to serve as Battalion Surgeon for the US Marines in Camp Lejeune. In 2005, Dr. Dapena completed a residency in family medicine at US Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, with a follow-on tour in Hawaii. In 2009, he was selected to attend the US Naval War College, obtaining a master’s degree in strategy and policy. After several tours, Dr. Dapena attended the Navy Undersea Medical Institute and the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, obtaining his certifications as an undersea medical officer and deep sea diver.

Dr. Dapena is married to Glenisse and has three children. His personal interests include martial arts, diving, and outdoor activities. He is currently a volunteer for the Kitsap County Search and Rescue Unit. Dr. Dapena’s experiences providing both emergency and routine hyperbaric treatments to active duty divers and retired patients convinced him to pursue a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine at LSU.


varugheseDr. Lince K. Varughese

Medical Education – St. George’s University

Medical Specialty – Family Medicine

Dr. Varughese is originally from Long Island, New York, and spent the last three years in Sleepy Hollow, New York completing a family medicine residency. While there, he was exposed on numerous occasions to the field of hyperbarics—spending four weeks on a hyperbarics elective involving the largest multiplace chamber in the northeast United States. Dr. Varughese is very passionate about music. He enjoys singing and playing his multiple instruments (Taylor guitars are his favorite). Dr. Varughese is new to the New Orleans area! He is currently continuing his training as a fellow in the LSU Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Program. Lince has been married to his wife, Joice, for more than 3 years, with a little girl expected September 2017.


bensusanDr. Ariana P Bensusan

Medical education – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical specialty – Family Medicine

Dr. Bensusan is originally from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. She completed her bachelor of science degree at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virignia in 2002 and attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona from 2003-2007. Moving to Orlando, Florida, Dr. Bensusan went on to complete a three-year family medicine residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando in 2010. Over the last seven years, she has worked in both the urgent care and primary care arenas in Richmond, Virginia. With a 24-year recreational diving history, she is excited to finally step into the hyperbaric and dive medicine field, combining her loves of SCUBA and medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys running, working out, watching New England Patriots football, and spending time with her 4-year-old golden doodle, Bruschi.


Suny Upstate Medical University - Syracuse, New York

 BoesDr. Tanner Boes

Medical Education – Northeast Ohio Medical University

Medical Specialty – Family Medicine

Dr. Boes is the 2017-2018 undersea and hyperbaric medicine fellow at SUNY Upstate University Hospital. He grew up in Northwest Ohio and went to Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in Biology. He is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and then completed family medicine training at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio prior to starting fellowship training. His interest in undersea and hyperbaric medicine was sparked during his first few years of post-graduate training in general surgery, particularly during his vascular, transplant, and plastic surgery exposures. In his spare time, Tanner enjoys listening to and attempting blues guitar, catching a local baseball game, dinner and drinks with friends/colleagues, and watching a lot of PBS.


University of California - San Diego, California

 brettDr. Kaighley Brett

Medical Education – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Medical Specialty – Family Medicine

Dr. Kaighley Brett is originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She studied biomedical sciences at the University of Guelph and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2007 as a medical student. She graduated medical school from the University of Ottawa and completed a family medicine residency from Queen's University.

Dr. Brett has a passion for diving and hyperbaric medicine. Since becoming a recreational diver, she has completed the Advanced Dive Medical Officer and Submarine Medical Officer courses offered by the Canadian Forces School of Operational Medicine and is currently completing a BScMedScHons (Underwater Medicine) degree through Stellenbosch University. Her current academic interests include microparticle production in divers and otic barotrauma.

She is currently completing a fellowship in hyperbaric and dive medicine at UCSD and a master's degree in public health. Outside interests include scuba diving, running, reading, crafts and board games.


 owenDr. Elizabeth Owen

Medical Education – University of California, San Diego

Medical Specialty – Emergency Medicine

Dr. Owen is originally from Del Mar, California. She recently graduated from University of California, San Diego’s emergency medicine residency. Prior to entering medical school, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry in process research and development at Genentech after graduating with an undergraduate degree in chemical biological engineering at MIT. Prior to residency, she completed medical school at UCSD and is currently entering into UCSD’s fellowship in hyperbaric and undersea medicine. Her academic interests include medical student and resident education in hyperbarics and wound care. During medical school and residency, she completed many half marathons and one half Ironman prior to the delivery of her first child. She now enjoys spending time with family, including two wheaten terriers, and time outdoors hiking, running, or at the beach.


HeerbothDr. Aaron Heerboth

Medical Education – Weill Cornell Medical College

Medical Specialty – Emergency Medicine 

Dr. Heerboth graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and specialized in emergency medicine at University of California, San Diego. He is continuing on at UCSD for fellowship in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. 






University of Pennsylvania Medical Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MerrickDr. Stephanie Merrick

Medical Education – St. George’s University

Medical Specialty – Emergency Medicine

Dr. Merrick has spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, currently living outside of Philadelphia in Flourtown. She lives with her husband and two cats, and they are expecting their first child this July. Stephanie went to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a BS in biology. She worked for two years at the University of Pennsylvania in a DNA sequencing facility and then attended medical school at St. George’s University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. When Stephanie is not working, she enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and reading.


 trivediDr. Mala Trivedi

Medical Education – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Medical Specialty – Emergency Medicine

Dr. Trivedi was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. After studying exercise physiology at Rutgers College, she attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In 2009, she moved to Brooklyn, New York for her residency in emergency medicine at New York Methodist Hospital. She stayed in New York for the next five years working as an attending physician and academic clinician, first at North Shore University Hospital and then at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, adventure travel, and volunteering with animals.


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