The Divers Alert Network announced that Richard Moon, M.D., has been selected as the 2021 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year.
Moon was presented the award at a virtual event on June 5.
Moon is a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University and the medical director of the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He is also a former DAN medical director.
Throughout his 40-year career in dive medicine and research, Moon has sought to gain a better understanding of cardiorespiratory function on the human body when subjected to environmental conditions such as being deep underwater or at high altitude.
According to DAN:
“His research into the effects of decompression has benefitted hundreds of divers suffering from decompression sickness and other dive-related injuries. Through his commitment and significant contributions to dive medicine, Dr. Moon has made diving safer for all.”
DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle said:
“Any of Dr. Moon’s 40 years of service in dive medicine could have earned him this prestigious award; we hope he will accept this token of recognition for his lifetime of achievements. We are always looking for stand-out individuals who are making positive impacts on diving. We want to honor Dr. Moon’s heroic work on behalf of divers with this award.”
Check out a video of the award presentation below.