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Matthew S. Partrick, M.D.

Medical Director, Institute for Diving Medicine


Attending in Emergency Medicine

Lower Keys Medical Center


Dr. Partrick is one of the only ABEM board certified and fellowship trained hyperbaric physician in the state of Florida.  He has been the medical director and driving force behind the Institute for Diving Medicine since its inception in July of 2009.  He participates not only in the complete care of the recreational, commercial and scientific diver, but also is an attending physician in hyperbaric, diving and emergency medicine at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, Florida.  Prior to this he held similar positions at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, New Jersey and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Partrick obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Lee University in Virginia in 1999.  He then graduated medical school from Wake Forest University in 2003.  This was followed by a residency in general surgery, a residency in emergency medicine at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ and finally a fellowship in undersea and hyperbaric medicine at The Institute for Environmental  Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2009.  He is board certified in both emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  He holds licenses in New Jersey, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Dr. Partrick has extensive additional training in diving medicine, including certification as a diving medical examiner through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, a preferred provider DAN referral physician, and a NOAA-certified diving medical officer.  As a NAUI certified diver, he carries advanced diver, rescue diver, nitrox and dry suit certifications.

Over the past several years, Dr. Partrick has gained significant experience in diving expedition medicine through excavations with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University.  In 2009 and 2011, he participated in the excavation of a 1st century B.C. Roman navis Lapidarium at Kizilburun, Turkey.  This lead to membership in The Explorers Club and a flag expedition award in 2011.  His most recent Explorers Club Flag expedition as dive medical officer was a mapping survey of the Robert Walker, a Civil War era vessel which foundered off the coast of Atlantic City with all hands lost.  This was a joint expedition between both TEC and NOAA.

Some of Dr. Partrick’s areas of expertise include carbon monoxide poisoning and treatment of decompression illness in remote locations with either portable hyperbaric chambers or in-water recompression.  Dr. Partrick has lectured extensively over the past few years on these subjects, and has published work in the Journal of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Alert Diver Magazine.  He was named to NJBiz Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2009.  Dr. Partrick lives with his wife, two sons, and three dogs in beautiful Key West, Florida.

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