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Dr. Covington diving at Ginnie Springs

Derek B. Covington, MD

Director of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic
Assistant Professor, Division of Multi-specialty Anesthesiology

Dr. Covington is an Assistant Professor for the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. Before becoming a Gator, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California – Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and a partner at SD Botox.

Dr. Covington completed his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and earned his MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He interned and completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Finally, he completed his fellowship at the University of California-San Diego in the Department of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Covington is a member of many professional academic societies including the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was the Medical Director for Dive Safety International and was one of two physicians on-site for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad during her record-breaking swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. In his free time, Dr. Covington is an avid closed-circuit rebreather (CCR) and cave diver.