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Workman Receives Visionary Award

November 10, 2020

Workman Receives Visionary Award

The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine presented the 2020 Ken Locklear Visionary Award to W. Tom Workman, B.S., M.S., CAsP, FAsMA, CHT-A, FUHM.

   This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished themselves by exhibiting dedication and passion to the field of hyperbaric medicine. It was named after Ken Locklear, an educator, innovator, leader, and entrepreneur who was a visionary in the field of hyperbaric medicine. 
   Mr. Workman recently retired as the Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. He was responsible for the development and management of the Society’s Clinical Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program. He retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) as a Colonel after more than 23 years of service devoted to aerospace and hyperbaric physiology. From 1980 to 1992, he was assigned to the USAF Hyperbaric Center, Brooks AFB, TX, USA. During his last 3 years there, he was the Chief of the USAF Hyperbaric Medicine Program. From 1992 until his retirement as a Chief Biomedical Scientist in 1995, he served as Commander, 9thTraining Squadron, Beale AFB, CA, USA, where he was responsible for the worldwide physiological support for the only USAF manned high altitude reconnaissance mission. In this capacity, he managed over 150 people and assets in excess of $47M. He also served as Deputy Commander, 9th Medical Group, Beale AFB, CA, USA. Active in many professional organizations for almost 50 years, Mr. Workman has served on the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee for Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Facilities since 1984 and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy Technical Committee for 30 years, among many other committee leadership positions. 
   Included in Mr. Workman’s many awards are the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society’s (UHMS) Craig Hoffman Memorial Award presented in 2001 for his contributions to diving safety and the first UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter Wilbur T. Workman Award named in his honor. He is also the recipient of the Aerospace Physiologist Society’s Paul Bert Award for Physiological Research, the Wiley Post for Operational Physiology, and the Fred Hitchcock Award, as well as the Baromedical Nurses Association Circle of Excellence Award.  He has more than 130 publications and presentations, including editorship of “Hyperbaric Facility Safety: A Practical Guide,” 1st & 2nd editions, and the “UHMS Guidelines for Hyperbaric Facility Operations,” 1st and 2nd editions. He is board certified by the Aerospace Medical Association in Aerospace Physiology and by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology in Hyperbaric Technology and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.