Dr. David Szpilman
Brazilian Life Saving Society (SOBRASA) – Founder, Former President, Medical Director,
Medical and Prevention Commission of International Life-saving Federation (ILS) – Member,
Rio de Janeiro City Civil Defense – medical education officer,
International Drowning Researcher´s Alliance – co-founder
Drowning Resuscitation Center – GMAR – CBMERJ – Retired
David graduated in medicine in 1982, with residency in internal medicine from 1982 to 1985, and worked from 1990 to 2010, as a MD on a daily basis, with lifeguards at the Drowning Resuscitation Centre (Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro). This Centre is a pre-hospital emergency facility at the Rio de Janeiro Beaches, specifically developed in the 1960’s to deal with aquatic emergencies. The reference hospital for trauma was his other job (Former Head of the Adult Intensive Care Unit for 12 years – Municipal Miguel Couto Hospital), which allowed him to follow up all the occurrences from pre- to hospital care. Hi also is founder and former President of Brazilian Life Saving Society – SOBRASA, and Medical Director, he is a member of Brazilian National Resuscitation Council and Medical Commission of the International Life-Saving Federation (ILS), Knight granted by the International Lifesaving Federation – ILS and author of 4 books, 76 book chapters and 264 papers on National/International Medical Literature, with more than 780 drowning Lectures on National/International Conferences.