Douglas Ebersole, MD is an interventional cardiologist at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida and is the Director of the Structural Heart Program at Lakeland Regional Health, an 850-bed tertiary referral hospital in Lakeland. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Duke University in 1981 and then his M. D. from University of Miami School of Medicine in 1986, After graduating medical school, he served as a physician in the United States Army from 1986 until 1996 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He joined the Watson Clinic in Lakeland in 1996 where, in addition to having a very busy clinical practice, he has been involved in multiple clinical research trials and has published numerous articles in the medical literature.He has been diving since 1974 and is an avid recreational diver, technical diver, rebreather diver, and cave diver. He is also a recreational, technical, and rebreather instructor for several training agencies, is on the Board of Advisors for IANTD, the Training Advisory Panel for TDI/SDI, and is the Medical Director for RAID. Additionally, he is a cardiology consultant to Divers Alert Network, has lectured on diving medicine topics around the globe, and is the Florida Sales Agent for KISS Rebreathers.