Richard Edward Moon, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Hyperbaric Center
Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 5676 Hafs Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-8762
Email address

Research interests include the study of cardiorespiratory function in humans exposed to environmental conditions ranging from 200 feet of seawater depth to high altitude, gas exchange during diving, the pathophysiology of high altitude pulmonary edema, the effect of anesthesia and postoperative analgesia on pulmonary function and monitoring of tissue oxygenation. Ongoing human studies include mechanisms of immersion pulmonary edema and the effect of chemosensitivity on postoperative ventilation and gas exchange.

Education and Training

  • Residency, Anesthesiology, Duke University, 1981 - 1983
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Duke University, 1979 - 1981
  • Graduate School, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto (Canada), 1978 - 1979
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Toronto (Canada), 1977 - 1978
  • Graduate School, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto (Canada), 1975 - 1977
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Toronto (Canada), 1974 - 1975
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Toronto (Canada), 1973 - 1974
  • M.D., McGill University (Canada), 1973


Lance, Rachel M., Michael J. Natoli, Fabio Di Pumpo, Timothy P. Beck, Alan Gatrell, Gregory J. Brown, Derek Schocken, and Richard E. Moon. “The Dewey Monitor: Pulse Oximetry can Warn of Hypoxia in an Immersed Rebreather Diver in Multiple Scenarios.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, January 15, 2022.

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Paganini, Matteo, Richard E. Moon, Nicole Boccalon, Giorgio E. M. Melloni, Tommaso Antonio Giacon, Enrico M. Camporesi, and Gerardo Bosco. “Blood Gas Analyses in Hyperbaric and Underwater Environments: A Systematic Review.” J Appl Physiol (1985), December 23, 2021.

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Cobb, Alexandra B., Denny Z. H. Levett, Kay Mitchell, Wynne Aveling, Daniel Hurlbut, Edward Gilbert-Kawai, Philip J. Hennis, et al. “Physiological responses during ascent to high altitude and the incidence of acute mountain sickness.” Physiol Rep 9, no. 7 (April 2021): e14809.

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Bennett-Guerrero, Elliott, Sabeen Rizwan, Russell Rozensky, Jamie L. Romeiser, John Brittelli, Rany Makaryus, Jun Lin, Dennis K. Galanakis, Darrell J. Triulzi, and Richard E. Moon. “Randomized controlled trial of 7, 28, vs 42 day stored red blood cell transfusion on oxygen delivery (VO2 max) and exercise duration.” Transfusion 61, no. 3 (March 2021): 699–707.

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Dong, Tiffany W., David B. MacLeod, Antoinette Santoro, Zachary Augustine, Stratton Barth, Mary Cooter, and Richard E. Moon. “Reply to Drs. Wang et al.” J Appl Physiol (1985) 129, no. 4 (October 1, 2020): 933.

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Moon, Richard E. “Central nervous system oxygen toxicity during 100% oxygen breathing at normobaric pressure.” Diving Hyperb Med 50, no. 3 (September 30, 2020): 306.

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