Michael Strauss, MD, FACS, AAOS, AOFAS, UHM/ABPM

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Strauss is the long-standing director of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Without a shadow of doubt Dr. Strauss is the most prominent orthopedic surgeon within the discipline of hyperbaric medicine, both here in the USA and from an international perspective. He is the author of hyperbaric clinical practice guidelines related to crushing-type injuries, acute traumatic ischemia, and compartment syndrome. He is also the medical director of RACT (Preservation-Amputation, Care and Treatment) Clinic at the Veterans Hospital, in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Strauss received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and interned at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. Upon entry into the US Navy in 1967 he trained at the Naval Submarine Medical School and the Naval School of Diving and Salvage before undergoing an orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

His impressive military service extended over 33 years active duty and the naval reserve. His activities extended beyond orthopedic surgery and into the underwater realm of war time submarine duty, diving and salvage operations, SEAL team support, and a qualified parachutist. Dr. Strauss has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 15 textbook chapters to his credit and has been an invited visiting scholar on a global scale. His keen interest in wound healing and limb preservation let his to create the Long Beach Wound Score as a tool to provide objectivity to evaluation of diabetic foot ulcers and rationale for their management.

Under miscellaneous on his CV is reference to him being on the US water polo team in 1961 and still on the team, senior team that is, some 30 years later.