Dr. Craig Cook

Dr. Craig Cook

Dr. Craig Cook, FN’01 is a physician who has been involved in undersea exploration and undersea medicine for over forty years. His expedition history includes serving as the Diving Medical Officer (DMO) and member of the science team on12 large scientific diving expeditions of which half were flag expeditions to some of the most remote locations in the world.
He has been an active diver for almost 50 years and is a diving instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and holds multiple certifications in diving accident management with Divers Alert Network (DAN).

In addition he has been a DAN referral physician for more than 15 years. His certifications also include that of a NOAA diving medical officer. Cook is a contributing author for the medical textbook Wilderness and Expedition Medicine. He served as Medical Editor for Sport Diver Magazine for more than fifteen years.

He has also been the Diving Medical Officer (DMO) on many scientific expeditions involving academic institutions including the New England Aquarium, Woods Hole and Scripts Oceanographic Institutes, KAUST, UCSD, University of Hawaii and others. He is currently the Senior Medical Advisor for Conservation International.

He has been involved with NOAA on several expeditions as the DMO including the NOAA/US Navy 2003 Monitor Expedition during which the turret was raised. Dr. Cook has also served as a consultant to NOAA for search and rescue procedures in diving operations and is one of the contributing authors to the NOAA Diving Manual. In 2007 Dr. Cook initiated and worked with NOAA, the Department of State and the German Embassy for the protection and preservation of the recently discovered wreck of the U701 which was successfully instituted that year as a result of those efforts.

He is an award-winning underwater photographer whose photographs have been published in multiple magazines, books and calendars. Besides, diving Dr. Cook I has been a competitive cyclist and triathlete and has competed in (and finished) the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship. In addition he was the team physician for the woman’s team in the grueling Race Across America (RAAM) and also has worked as treating physician for the Hawaiian Ironman Championship in 2015. He resides with his wife Evelyn, who is also a diver and cyclist, in Severna Park, Maryland.

Craig is a past president of the Explorers Club Washington Group.