Divers Alert Network and Rolex have announced that David Charash, DO, has been selected as the 2022 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year.
Dr. Charash is a board-certified emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine physician who has been caring for injured divers since 1993. Early in his career he recognized the need for quality education for both divers and those in the medical community who care for them. He has developed workshops, symposiums, lectures, and a podcast (Fitness in Diving) about dive medicine, safety, and technology.
Dr. David Charash has lectured at the United States Coast Guard Academy and the Naval Undersea Medical Institute and is an advisor to the diving control board at the New England Aquarium. He supports recreational, commercial, and public safety divers through medical care, evaluations, education, and training. He is a strong supporter of the mission of Divers Alert Network, a DAN referral physician, a DAN Instructor, and most recently, a volunteer with DAN’s Research Department.
For more than three decades, DAN and Rolex have collaborated to honour an individual who has made substantial contributions to dive medicine, safety, or research and to name that person the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year. This award is one of the most-significant honours in diving. It began in the late 1980s as a grant to DAN from Rolex to recognize the organization’s work on behalf of divers and evolved to feature a Rolex watch for the recipient, along with a donation to DAN to help fund dive safety research.