Campus: Old Westbury Major: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
CURRENT POSITION Medical director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, and owner of an exclusive dive medicine practice in Ridgefield, Conn.
UNDER THE SURFACE Diving deep beneath the surface of the ocean entails significant risk; numerous medical and surgical conditions can arise. Charash’s practice not only focuses on addressing a patient’s medical needs, but also on getting the diver safely back in the water. “I offer a dive medicine conference annually at Danbury Hospital for divers and the medical community, and also lecture nationally about medical practices and safety,” he says. Charash recently was a guest faculty member at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., teaching U.S. naval dive medical officer candidates.
LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY Treating wounds today involves state-of-the-art technology, including advanced generation dressings, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and bioengineered skin substitutes. “Understanding the wound is imperative for physicians to correctly select and apply advanced wound technologies or products,” he says.
CAN D.O. ATTITUDE Charash’s family physician was an osteopath and one of his greatest mentors. “I love clinical medicine,” he says. “Taking care of patients is what it is all about.” Charash’s other passion is teaching. Even his two children occasionally join him for conferences or lectures. “To have my children in attendance while I am educating others is a real thrill,” he says.
LAST BOOK READ The Last Dive by Bernie Chowdhury
HOBBIES Scuba diving (of course), playing piano, and boating on Lake George, N.Y.