Dr. Renie Guilliod joined The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. In 1993-1994 he fulfilled a two-year fellowship in hyperbaric medicine and wound healing at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He also trained in hyperbaric and diving medicine with the United States Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 1994, he received recognition as a US Navy Diving Medical Officer (first civilian foreigner to complete this training and graduated with honors). For many years he trained medical personnel working in the oil industry in the management of diving accidents.
He is past president of the Latin-American Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Since 1986 he has supervised hundreds of recreational and commercial diving accidents (decompression sickness and cerebral gas embolism). He was chosen in 1999 to be one of the medical directors of the Divers Alert Network (DAN), an international non-profit medical and research organization. He is one of the few physicians with training and experience as a bell/mixed-gas/saturation diver and supervisor, with a unique background in decompression and life support systems. His expertise with the care of critically ill patients in hyperbaric chambers has been vital to provide this service.
Currently, he is a key investigator in lymphatic system studies (lymphatic imaging and genetics) focusing in post-cancer treatment patients and patients born with lymphedema, and wound healing treatments. He is also a key investigator in research projects evaluating how mild hypobaric-hypoxia and mild carbon dioxide levels affects the human brain function, paralleling the type of environment that the astronauts will experience in the next generation of space vehicles.