Dr. Karen Van Hoesen, MD

Dr. Karen Van Hoesen, MD

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Karen Van Hoesen, MD is an undersea & hyperbaric medicine specialist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. She graduated from DUKE UNIV SCH OF MED in 1988 and specializes in undersea & hyperbaric medicine.Read her story

200 W Arbor Dr

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Van Hoesen's Experience

Dr. Van Hoesen's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Van Hoesen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Van Hoesen "Karen Van Hoesen, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who specializes in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on diving medicine. Within UC San Diego Health’s Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Program, Dr. Van Hoesen assesses a person’s fitness to dive, treats diving accidents and uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat conditions such as decompression illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, non-healing wounds and tissue damage from radiation, burns or infection. She is also the co-director of the San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving (SDCED). In addition to her expertise in diving medicine, Dr. Van Hoesen has a special interest and personal experience in high-altitude medicine and wilderness medicine. As a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, she instructs medical students, residents and fellows in emergency medicine, diving medicine and wilderness medicine. Dr. Van Hoesen is co-director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She has co-authored numerous research papers, book chapters and abstracts and frequently speaks to divers, instructors, scientific diving officers and physicians about all aspects of diving medicine and safety. Dr. Van Hoesen completed a residency in emergency medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and earned her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She is board-certified in emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Since 2000, Dr. Van Hoesen has been a member of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Diving Control Board. She has served on the board of directors for Divers Alert Network (DAN) and is currently an emergency on-call physician for DAN. Dr. Van Hoesen has also served on Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society committees and held leadership positions at the local and national level. Dr. Van Hoesen has been a National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) diving instructor for more than 30 years and has dove on all seven continents. Her honors include the 2014 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award and being an inaugural member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She loves opening the underwater world to the public and teaching appreciation and awareness of the underwater environment. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Van Hoesen "Our Mission: To deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.

Our Vision: To create a healthier world — one life at a time — through new science, new medicine and new cures."

1  Specialties

  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*
  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Uc San Diego Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Uc San Diego Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Van Hoesen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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