Our Dive Experts

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.


Andrew Pitkin

Andew Pitkin, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine

Dr. Andrew Pitkin is an Associate Professor in the divisions of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Congenital Heart Anesthesiology, and Pediatric Anesthesiology. He is a seasoned anesthesiology expert and an important reason why the University of Florida’s Children’s Heart Center is among the top 30 in the nation with its surgery program receiving referrals from all over the nation. He is also one of the few echocardiography and pacemaker certified faculty.

Dr. Pitkin joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2008 as a fellow in Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology. Prior to this fellowship, he earned a Bachelor of Medicine and  Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of London. He completed many residency programs in various locations in the United Kingdom such as: Internal Medicine and Critical Care at London Chest Hospital; Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He also completed an Anesthesiology residency at Southampton General Hospital.


Rex Haberman, MD

Rex Stanley Haberman, II, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Otology/Neurotology

Rex Haberman, MD, is board certified in Otolaryngology. He completed his medical degree at University of Nebraska, and he then completed his residency at University of Wisconsin. Dr. Haberman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and of the American Neurotology Society. At UF Health, Dr. Haberman is an associate clinical professor in the Division of Otology and Neurotology.

Prior to joining University of Florida Health, Dr. Haberman was the chair department of otolaryngology at Aspen Medical Group and Allina Health for 20 years. He won the AAO-HNS Honor and Distinguished Service Awards in 2000 and 2014, and he has contributed as an author to over a dozen publications and presentations.