Dr. William Duncan brought a family member to Dr. Harch. His brother, age 44, was the first mentally retarded man that Dr. Harch treated. He had been brain injured at two weeks old.
With a doctoral degree in political science and economics, Dr. Duncan worked directly for congressman Ernest Istook on the House Appropriations Subcommittee, which allocated funds for the U.S. national healthcare infrastructure. He wrote the legislation that established the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Dr. Duncan holds that “the government has the most money to gain by improving the lives of more than 50,000 brain-injured persons on Social Security Disability, many of the millions of state and federal prisoners, plus large numbers of individuals languishing on the welfare rolls.”126
Dr. Duncan helped Dr. Harch launch a new medical society, the International Hyperbaric Medical Association. He liaisoned with government officials and agencies and was instrumental in gaining reimbursement approval by Medicare of HBOT for diabetic foot wounds—the first new hyperbaric oxygen indication approval in 18 years.
Dr. Duncan wrote, in his introduction to Harch’s book, The Oxygen Revolution, “hyperbaric medicine could create a revolution in our standard of care, even if we used it only for neurological applications… we may be able to prevent brain cell death in acute trauma. A single hyperbaric treatment for severe head trauma might dramatically change the aftermath of these injuries… the improvement in quality of life and likely cost of care would be significant.”127 He currently serves as senior vice president of Capitol Hill Consulting Group in Washington, DC.
Dr. Edgar End, hyperbaric/underwater medicine (1910-1983).
Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb, a colleague of Dr. Neubauer and director of Dr. Harch’s research department.
Dr. Claude Hitchcock testified before Health and Human Services in 1962, which set up some of the current medical fellowships that exist at places like Duke University.
Jana Knight, hyperbaric technician, specializing in hyperbaric neurology, worked with Dr. Harch.
Betty Remael, HBO tech and emergency medical technician, EMT, worked with Dr. Harch treating acute brain and spinal cord injuries.
Phillip Tranchina, nuclear technologist. Performed SPECT brain imaging for Dr. Harch.
Vance Trimble, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, wrote Hyperbaric Oxygenation: The Uncertain Miracle (Doubleday, 1974).
Dr. Keith Van Meter, Stroke/HBOT conference in 1997. An international expert in diving medicine, Dr. Van Meter suggested that ambulances be equipped with HBO chambers so that stroke patients could be treated at the scene to provide the “earliest possible intervention.”
126 E. P. Kindwall, & H. T. Whelan, (Eds.). (1994). Hyperbaric medicine practice (3rd ed.). Flagstaff, AZ: Best Publishing Company, 17.