Derek B Covington

Derek B Covington, M.D.

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology; Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic

Business Phone: (352) 273-8960
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About Derek B Covington

Dr. Covington is an Assistant Professor in the divisions of Multispecialty Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Ambulatory Anesthesia. He came to us from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and a Partner for SD Botox. He 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. Dr. Covington interned and completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He also completed his fellowship at the University of California-San Diego in the Department of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Covington is the Director of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic at the University of Florida. The clinic provides medical services for all divers, from recreational to scientific to commercial. He is also a member of many professional academic societies such as the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Covington 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. He has published many lectures and journal articles.

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    American Board of Anesthesiology


Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Cardiovascular and ocular effects of drysuits in non-immersed divers
HEERMANN ANESTHESIA FOU, I · Principal Investigator


Fellowship, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
2016 · University of California
Residency, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
2015 · University of Miami
Internship, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
2013 · University of Miami
2011 · University of Nevada

Contact Details

(352) 273-8960