WHO I AM
Much like the surface of our blue dot planet Earth, Dr Oli is approximately 60-70% water. He constantly strives to put much of the other 30-40% to good use in the fields of diving, hyperbaric and maritime medicine.
After years of hard work and strenuous studying, I qualified in medicine from Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospitals (London) and began practising as a doctor in 1997. I discovered the pleasures of diving that same year in Thailand. The next 9 years saw me gain extensive and wide ranging work experience in the UK, Africa and Australia, all the while accruing dives as frequently as I could. My current relevant appointments are as follows:
Chair of the British Hyperbaric Association (BHA)
HSE Approved Medical Examiner of Divers since 2006
UK Diving Medical Committee referee since 2006
Oil & Gas UK Approved Doctor since 2012
MCA Approved Doctor since 2020
Honorary Lecturer at University College London
Numerous diving qualifications with recreational diving agencies
My extensive medical knowledge, combined with an ongoing curiosity to learn about the latest developments, define my success in the fields of diving, hyperbaric and maritime medicine. I now conduct hundreds of occupational medicals for divers, seafarers and offshore workers every year, keeping my experience broad and up to date. To learn more about my medical and academic background, please read below.
DIRECTOR, HYPERDIVE LTD., UK
March 2019 - Current
I set up an independent company offering diving, offshore and seafarer medicals in March 2019.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND SENIOR HYPERBARIC PHYSICIAN AT LONDON DIVING CHAMBER, UK
June 2006 - March 2019
This post at one of the busiest hyperbaric chambers in the UK has given me extensive experience in the assessment and management of all types of diving accidents and emergencies. In addition I have gained a thorough knowledge of the practice of hyperbaric medicine, for non-diving conditions.
GENERAL PRACTITIONER, UK
February 2003 - June 2006
I worked in General Practice at various locations in the South and South East. I enjoyed this phase of my career, gaining broad exposure to health management in many different settings.
ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY STAFF GRADE, UK
June 2002 - February 2003
Working in emergency medicine was thoroughly exhilarating and gave me the confidence to deal with life-threatening conditions.
REGISTRAR AND RESPONSIBLE MEDICAL OFFICER IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
September 1999 - February 2002
I spent a considerable time gleaning experience in many different specialties in Australia, including general medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, accident and emergency. It was here that I first discovered diving medicine as a subject in its own right. I was hooked from then on.