Russell ClinicChronic and problematic wounds can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s physical and mental health and well-being. As the population ages, we can anticipate an increase in the incidence of complicated chronic wounds. At UAB, we recognize that the complex pathophysiology resulting in these wounds requires a multidisciplinary team approach to maximize the potential for healing. Our comprehensive wound clinic serves our patients, healing the most difficult of wounds with the latest in technology and techniques.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine involves the prevention of injury and illness from exposure to environments with altered ambient pressure (such as in diving or high altitude), and the therapeutic use of high-environmental pressure and the delivery of oxygen under high pressure to treat disease.  >Rotators will  learn about and participate in hyperbaric and diving medicine with didactics focusing on physiology and indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments. Residents and students will be able to participate in the evaluation and treatment of both emergent and non-urgent conditions including:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crushing injury
  • Decompression sickness
  • Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
  • Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
  • >Radiation injury
  • Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
  • Acute Cerebral Gas Embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Central retinal arterial insuffiency
  • Idiopathic hearing loss

Residents and medical students rotating in our clinics will engage directly in managing these patients and become skilled in:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of wounds
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Wound-based procedures
  • Advanced wound products
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Total contact casting

The programs are directed by Matthew Kelly, MD and Dag Shapshak M.D, who are board certified in undersea and diving medicine in addition to Emergency Medicine and have extensive experience in teaching in the field.