DAN Japan’s Dr. Yoshihiro Mano Passes But His Legacy Lives On

2/25/2014 4:38:09 PM

Yoshihiro’s Achievements In Dive Medicine Make Diving Safer For Generations To Come

Dr. Yoshihiro Mano, M.D, Ph.D., long-time ambassador to DAN Japan, passed away on February 15, 2014. Mano leaves behind a legacy in the diving and medical communities and his contributions will be remembered for generations to come.

Dr. Mano’s accomplishments in diving and dive medicine span several decades. As a researcher, he made significant contributions in basic and applied studies of decompression sickness, oxygen toxicity, dysbaric osteonecrosis, breath-hold diving physiology and injury and clinical application of hyperbaric oxygen. Mano was also interested in professional and compressed gas diving, breath-hold diving and tunneling.

As Executive Director of DAN Japan, Dr. Mano was instrumental in establishing the DAN Japan office and the success of Divers Alert Network in that region is directly attributable to his relentless efforts. In 1995, Dr. Mano was awarded the prestigious DAN America Award. This award honors significant administrative, scientific or educational contributions on behalf of Divers Alert Network. Dr. Mano is a recognized authority in Hyperbaric Medicine in Japan and his scientific works are well known all over the world.

In 1998, Dr. Mano was awarded the Oceaneering International Award by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for his outstanding contributions to the commercial diving industry in the area of increased productivity and performance of the working diver. Dr. Mano was also the Chairman of the UHMS affiliate society - the Japanese Hyperbaric Medical Society (JHMS) where he made significant contributions to the ultra-modern hyperbaric medicine treatment facility at the university hospital. During this time, Dr. Mano also served on several other UHMS committees.

Mano graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University where he later served as a professor and Department Head. During Mano’s time at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, he guided Des Gorman and Fred Gilligan and answered diving emergency calls for the Civil Alert Network (CAN). He was one of the founders of United States and Japan Panel for Diving and Aerospace Medicine established in 1972 within UJNR and he chaired regular biennial conferences of the Panel for forty years.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Mano,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO, Divers Alert Network and President of International DAN (IDAN). “DAN remembers Dr. Mano as one of the founding fathers of IDAN that was established in 1991 which marked the beginning of our lasting friendship. Dr. Mano’s scientific and medical contributions to scuba diving safety will make this great sport safer for generations to come. We were very fortunate to have had him be a part of the DAN family and he will certainly be missed,” added Ziefle.

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