Paul J. Sheffield, PhD, CAsP, CHT is President, International ATMO, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, which provides wound care and hyperbaric medicine management, consulting, and education services. His degrees include BS in Chemistry (Univ of Florida, 1962), MS and PhD in Physiology (Univ of Southern California, 1971, 1972). He is a Certified Aerospace Physiologist (CAsP); Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT); Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association; Past Pres, Aerospace Physiology Society; Past Pres, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society; Fellow, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society; Chaired UHMS Education (CME) Comm (1994-2012); and International ATMO CME Program Director.
Dr. Sheffield began his career as a US Air Force Aerospace Physiologist, with primary responsibilities in aircrew training, research, and hyperbaric medicine. He received his initial training in Hyperbaric Medicine in 1965. He wrote and produced the Air Force training film: “Plasma Bubbles and Decompression Sickness.” He was on the original team, with Dr. Jefferson C. Davis, that established the USAF Hyperbaric Center at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas in 1974. He was one of the originators of the use of tissue oximetry for wound assessment and patient selection for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He was Air Force Chief of Aerospace Physiology in Washington DC prior to his retirement in the grade of Colonel after 30 years of military service. He is one of the founders of International ATMO in 1977, became Director of Research and Education in 1992, and became President in 2000.
Dr Sheffield became Course Director and faculty member in US Air Force hyperbaric medicine courses in 1971. He took up recreational diving in 1977 when he began instructing in Medical Seminars’ Medicine of Diving Courses. He also has about 1,400 hours of exposure in altitude chambers and hyperbaric chambers. Altitude exposures were above 70,000 ft altitude (pressure suit) and hyperbaric exposures were as deep as 200 fsw (air) and 225 fsw (heliox).
To date, he has been educating physicians, nurses, and technologists in hyperbaric medicine for over 48 years. In 1998 his ATMO Hyperbaric Medicine Team Training course became the first UHMS Designated Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine and the curriculum became the model for all others. He is a frequent international lecturer in hyperbaric physiology, safety, and diving medicine, with invited lectures in 19 countries [Australia, The Bahamas, Brazil, British West Indies, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, and USA].
He has authored 100+ scientific publications in aerospace medicine and hyperbaric medicine and has chapters in 11 books. He has served as editor of two training manuals [USAF Physiological Training Manual (1972); USAF Compression Therapy Manual (1976)] and coeditor of two books [Wound Care Practice (Best Publ., 2004, 2007); Wound Care Certification Study Guide (Best Publ., 2011)].
His professional awards & honors include:
- Military Medals and Decorations [Air Force Legion of Merit Medal, 1992; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (6), 1975,80,82,84,87,88; Air Force Commendation Medal, 1969; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2), 1983,85; Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (2), 1987,91; and Air Force Recognition Ribbon, 1992.]
- Jefferson C. Davis Memorial Award (UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter -2012)
- Paul James Sheffield Education Award established by UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter in 2009 to be presented annually to a person who made significant contributions to science and education in undersea and hyperbaric medicine
- Bone Valley Citizen of Distinction (City of Mulberry, Florida -2001)
- Jefferson C. Davis Memorial Award (UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter – 1997)
- Charles W. Shilling Award (Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society -1997)
- Mulberry Alumni Hall Of Fame (Mulberry High School, Mulberry, Florida -1995)
- Polk County Schools Hall of Fame (Polk County Florida Schools -1994)
- Honorary Kentucky Colonel (Governor of Kentucky -1992)
- USAF Aerospace Physiologist of the Year (USAF Surgeon General -1991)
- Wiley Post Award (Aerospace Physiology Society -1987)
- Fred A. Hitchcock Award (Aerospace Physiology Society -1984)
- Presidential Award (SAFE Association -1982)
- Safety Award (USAF School of Aerospace Medicine -1981)
- Paul Bert Award for Physiological Research (Aerospace Physiology Society -1979)
- Air Force Scientist of the Year Award (Air Force Association -1978)
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Life Member -1971)