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  • Company: Board-Certified Neurologist with Fellowship Training in Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine
  • Phone: 561-300-4178
  • Cell: 561-300-4178
  • Website: DianaBarrattMD.com

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Neurology and Brain Injury Medicine

Keywords/Search Terms:

Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine, Maritime Injury, Decompression Sickness, Arterial Gas Embolism, Diving Injury, Decompression Illness, Dysbaric Osteonecrosis, Undersea Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen, Spinal cord, Diving Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury TBI, Concussion, SCUBA, Saturation, barotrauma

Education:

MD, University of Florida; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health; BS Engineering, University of Florida

Years in Practice:

>10

Additional Information

Dr. Diana Barratt, a board-certified neurologist, has received awards from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned a BS in engineering and an MD from the University of Florida; she earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from Harvard. Her national awards include the American Academy of Neurology Clerkship Director Teaching Award, the American Academy of Neurology Clerkship Director Innovation Award, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Faculty Innovation Award, and the Association of American Medical College’s MedEdPORTAL Editor’s Choice Special Distinction for an EEG and Sleep publication. She has also published on increased intracranial pressure and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Barratt is a reviewer for Neurology, the most widely read and highly cited neurology journal. Dr. Barratt completed a two-year fellowship in hyperbaric and diving medicine at LSU in New Orleans; she joined the faculty after graduation. She received injured saturation divers from the Gulf of Mexico and sport divers from Divers Alert Network. Additionally, she traveled to remote areas of Honduras and Nicaragua, where the Miskito Indians experienced severe decompression illness. In addition to treating decompression sickness, arterial gas embolism, and other forms of barotrauma, she performed fitness to dive evaluations. She cared for patients with chronic non-healing wounds, invasive fungal infections, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Barratt trained residents and fellows in hyperbaric medicine and lectured in Fitness to Dive Courses. Dr. Barratt's series of 229 cases of severe decompression Illness in Miskito Indian Lobster Divers was published in Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. Her review of the literature on Neurologic Decompression Illness was published in the Neurologist. She served as a reviewer for Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (now entitled Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance) and co-authors the chapter on fungal infections in the textbook Hyperbaric Medicine Practice. In the course of treating injured commercial divers, she became an expert witness in the field of maritime law. Although decompression sickness is a clinical diagnosis, her publications describe utilizing MRI, bone scans, somatosensory evoked potentials, and nerve conduction studies in order to visualize and localize lesions observed on clinical evaluation. Bibliography: Garcia-Covarrubias L and Barratt D. Use of Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Management of Invasive Fungal Infections. In Hyperbaric Medicine Practice. 4th Edition. 2017 Garland MM, Gutierrez A, Barratt DM. Peripheral neuropathy of the extremity after hyperbaric exposure. 2012. Aviat Space Environ Med Barratt DM and others. Decompression Sickness in Miskito Indian Lobster Divers: A Review of 229 Cases. 2004. Aviat Space Environ Med Barratt and others. Decompression Illness in Divers—A review of the literature. Neurologist. 2002 Madatic J, Barratt D, and others. Neurological Injury in a professional commercial diver: Controversies in the treatment of Type II decompression of the spinal cord. Poster at the UHMS Annual Meeting; 2005 Jun 16; Orlando, Florida. Kelly MK, Barratt DM, Van Meter K. Reversal on MRI of a thoracic cord lesion in a professional diver with decompression sickness: A case report. Poster at the UHMS Annual Meeting; 2004 May 2; Sydney, Australia. Barratt DM, Mader E, Branch L, Van Meter K, Vazquez J, Fisch B. Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in a SCUBA diver with Peduncular Hallucinosis. Poster session presented at: the 27th International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (joint meeting with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society), 2003 Sep 16; San Francisco, California. Barratt DM and others. Magnetic resonance imaging in decompression illness. Poster session presented at the UHMS Annual Meeting; 2002 Jun 28; San Diego, California.