Wall of Heroes
Life Support Technologies group dedicates this page to remember our pioneers. These colleagues and friends are the legends that help build LSTg, passing on the knowledge, creativity, ethics and spirit that sets us apart. In their honor we have created a LSTg Pioneers Scholarship.
Eric P. Kindwall
For many people, Dr. Kindwall’s name is synonymous with hyperbaric medicine in the United States. He served as a medical officer in the US Navy’s Submarine Services during the Vietnam War. After he left the military, Dr. Kindwall realized that standards for civilian hyperbaric oxygen treatments had to be established.
He became the founding Chairman of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society’s (UHMS) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee.
Later, he became President of the UHMS, as well as the Executive Director of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. He knew that education of medical personnel was critical if hyperbaric medicine was to take root and be accepted by the medical community in the United States, especially since this treatment modality was not being taught in US medical schools. To overcome this lack of knowledge, Dr. Kindwall established the first hyperbaric medicine course for physicians and nurses.
To catalog the standards and practices in the field, Dr. Kindwall authored two seminal works: Hyperbaric Medicine Practice (www.bestpub.com), co-authored with Harry T. Whelan, MD which is the first textbook on hyperbaric medicine; and Hyperbaric Medicine Procedures (www.achm.org), co-authored with Jeffrey A. Niezgoda, MD.
In 1988, Dr. Beale was selected by Mount Vernon Hospital to develop and launch a state of the art Chronic Wound Treatment ad Hyperbaric Center. He did so with his unique approach to wound healing and dedication to his patients, and served as founder and director of the center until his untimely passing in 2008.
Dr. Beale was an alum of Louisiana State University and attended medical school at Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico. He completed two residencies: one residency for surgery at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City, and a second residency for internal medicine at Mount Vernon Hospital in New York. He went on to become board certified in internal medicine, wound care, as well as hyperbaric medicine.
Dr. Beale quickly established himself as a highly respected expert and innovator in the field of wound care treatments and hyperbaric medicine. His clinical team of physicians, nurses and technicians were continuously trained, certified, and held to the highest standards. In order to provide comprehensive care for his patients, Dr. Beale built and coordinated a solid network of podiatrists, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, endocrinologists, dieticians, pain management physicians, physical therapists, and hyperbaric technicians. He would also travel to local nursing homes and extended care facilities to provide a much needed extended care to resident wound patients.
Despite his already hectic schedule and patient load, Dr. Beale generously provided medical services to the impoverished and disadvantaged population of the community. He could often be seen working late hours to accommodate their needs, and he participated in several clinics. Dr. Beale treated each and every one of his patients with dignity, compassion and respect, regardless of their financial means.
Dr. Beale was passionate about the advancement of medical education. During his tenure, he mentored countless medical professionals and students. He provided invaluable time and materials for the Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine course developed by the late Eric P. Kindwall, MD. We are proud to honor Dr. Beale’s achievements by offering a wound care and hyperbaric medicine scholarship in his name.
Dr. Hamilton was a fighter pilot, astronaut candidate and physiologist who specialized in hypo- and hyperbaric exposures, making himself indispensable in both the aerospace and deep diving communities. His studies of the effects of oxygen on human physiology led him to devise the concept of Oxygen Toxicity Unit (OTU) and calculate maximum oxygen exposure time limits to prevent central nervous system oxygen toxicity seizures.
His OTU charts were widely published by numerous organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and dive training agencies. Dr. Hamilton’s OTU concepts and algorithms were incorporated into many decompression computers carried by divers. His proprietary DCAP decompression program was used by military, commercial and technical divers in an age before multi-gas enabled dive computers and decompression software became the norm. The fledgling technical sport diving community dubbed him “The Prince of Gases”, while others who knew Dr. Hamilton more intimately referred to him endearingly as “Billy Bob”.
Regardless of title, nickname or endearment to hail him, Dr. Hamilton answered the call to spread the word about safely working in, or exploring, alternobaric environments. He spoke at conferences the world over and his publications were numerous, as were the awards bestowed upon him.
Dr. Goldman pursued his love of music prior to entering the medical profession: he studied at the Manhattan School of Music and played jazz piano professionally for ten years. When he was in his 30s, he decided to become a physician and went to the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Dr. Goldman was board certified in general surgery and became Chief of Surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. He also became board certified in hyperbaric medicine and dedicated the last 15 years of his life to furthering the hyperbaric field. He served as the director of the Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center until he passed away in 2013.
Information Technology Specialist
Gerry worked at Lockheed Martin IMS for 17 years, and he was the lead software designer and developer of large scale software applications for government municipalities across the US. Prior to joining Life Support Technologies group in 2002, Gerry worked as a freelance web developer and graphic artist.
Gerry’s responsibilities at LST included website graphic design, development and maintenance, desktop publishing for marketing and corporate media, as well as software related technical support for senior management and staff, until his passing in 2014.