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Paul B. Rock, D.O., Ph.D.

RockPaul B. Rock, D.O., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine

918-828-4066
paul.rock@okstate.edu

Education | Postdoctoral Training | Licensure | Professional Experience |
Major Research Interests | Professional Societies | Publications & Presentations

Education

  • B.A., Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1969
  • M.A., Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1972
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1980
  • D.O., Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1980

Postdoctoral Training

  • Rotating Internship: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, CO, 1980-81
  • Medicine Residency: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, CO, 1987-90

Licensure

  • Oklahoma
  • Massachusetts
  • Colorado

Professional Experience

  • 2007 - present, Professor of Medicine, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
  • 2001 - 2007, Associate Professor of Medicine, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center - 1998 to 2001
  • 1996 - 2001, Visiting Faculty, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Laboratory, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
  • 1990 - 2001, Internist & Principal Investigator, Division of Thermal and Mountain Medicine, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA
  • 1981 - 1987, Flight Surgeon & Principal Investigator, Altitude Research Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA

Major Research Interests

  • Medical problems and human physiology in high terrestrial altitude and aerospace environments.
  • Clinical applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Professional Societies

  • Sigma Xi
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Wilderness Medical Society
  • International Society for Mountain Medicine
  • Aerospace Medical Association
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • American Society of Mammalogists

Representative Publications & Presentations

(Selected from more than 100 publications)

Muhm, JM, Signal, TL, Rock, PB, et al. 2009. Sleep at simulated 2438 m: Effects on oxygenation , sleep quality and post-sleep performance. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 80:691-697.

Rock, P.  High altitude Illness.  Chapter 22. In:  Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook. 2nd Edition.  United States Special Operations Command Tampa, Florida and Center for Total Access. W. Farr, Chief Editor; 2008; 6-25 - 6-29.

Muhm, JM, Rock, PB, McMullin, DL, et al. 2007. Effect of commercial aircraft cabin altitude on passenger discomfort. New England Journal of Medicine 357:18-27.

Barnholt, KE, Hoffman, AR, Rock, PB, et al. 2006. Endocrine responses to acute and chronic high altitude exposure (4300 m): modulating effects of caloric restriction. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism 290:E1078-E1088.

Muza, SR, Rock, PB, Zupan, JC, et al. 2004. Residence at moderate altitude improves ventilatory response at high altitude. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 75:1042-1048.

Rock, P.B. Mountains and military medicine: an overview. Chapter 19. In: Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments, Volume 2. K.B. Pandolf, R.E. Burr, P.B. Rock, and S.A. Nunneley, eds. Textbook of Military Medicine. R. Zajtchuk and R.F. Bellamy, eds. Department of the Army, Office of The Surgeon General, and Bordon Institute; Washington, D.C.; 2002; 613-619.

Rock, P.B., and T.H. Mader. Additional medical problems in mountain environments. Chapter 26. In: Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments, Volume 2. K.B. Pandolf, R.E. Burr, P.B. Rock, and S.A. Nunneley, eds. Textbook of Military Medicine. R. Zajtchuk and R.F. Bellamy, eds Department of the Army, Office of The Surgeon General, and Bordon Institute; Washington, D.C.; 2002; 821-859.

Rock, P.B., and E.J. Iwanyk. Military medical operations in mountain environments. Chapter 27. In: Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments, Volume 2. K.B. Pandolf, R.E. Burr, P.B. Rock, and S.A. Nunneley, eds. Textbook of Military Medicine. R. Zajtchuk and R.F. Bellamy, eds Department of the Army, Office of The Surgeon General, and Bordon Institute; Washington, D.C.; 2002; 861-876.

Beidleman, BA, Rock, PB, Muza, SR, et al. 2002. Substrate oxidation is altered in women during exercise upon acute altitude exposure. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 34:430-437.

Muza,SR, Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 2001. Women at altitude: ventilatory acclimatization at 4300 m. Journal of Applied Physiology 91:1791-1799.

Braun, B, Rock, PB, Zamudio, S, et al. 2001. Women at altitude: short-term exposure to hypoxia and/or α1-adrenergic blockade reduces insulin sensitivity. Journal of Applied Physiology 91:623-631.

Fulco, CS, Rock, PB, Muza, SR, et al. 2001. Gender alters impact of hypobaric hypoxia on adductor pollicis muscle performance. Journal of Applied Physiology 91:100-108.

Fulco, CS, Rock, PB, Muza SR, et al. 2000. Reproducible voluntary muscle performance during constant work rate dynamic leg exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine 21:1-5.

Fulco, CS, Rock, PB, Muza SR, et al. 1999. Slower fatigue and faster recovery of the adductor pollicis muscle fatigue in women matched for strength with men. Acta Physiologica Scandina 167:233-239.

Rock, PB, Muza, SR, Fulco, CS, et al. 1997. Effect of menstrual cycle on incidence of acute mountain sickness in women: preliminary results for two studies. Acta Andina 6:174-177.

Fulco, CS, Rock, PB, Trad, LA, et al. 1994. Effect of caffeine on submaximal exercise performance at altitude. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 65:539-545.

Malconian, MK, Rock, PB, Hultgren, H, et al. 1993. Operation Everest II: Gas tensions in expired air and arterial blood at extreme altitude. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 64:37-42.

Rock, PB, Kraemer, WJ, Fulco, CS, et al. 1993. Effects of altitude acclimatization on fluid regulatory hormone response to submaximal exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 75:1208-1215.

Malconian, M, Rock, P, Hultgren, H, et al. 1990. The electrocardiogram at rest and exercise during a simulated ascent of Mt. Everest (Operation Everest II). American Journal of Cardiology 65:1475-1480.

Rock, PB, Johnson, TS, Larson, RF, et al. 1989. Dexamethasone as prophylaxis for acute mountain sickness: effect of dose level. Chest 95:568-573.

Kraemer, WJ, Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 1989. Influence of altitude and caffeine on resting and exercise responses of proenkephalin peptide release. Peptide 9:1115-1119.

Johnson, TS, Rock, PB. 1988. Acute mountain sickness: pathogenesis and treatment. New England Journal of Medicine 319:841-845.

Johnson, T.S., Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 1988. Hemodynamic and sympathoadrenal responses to altitude in humans: Effect of dexamethasone. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 59:208-12.

Malconian, M.K., Rock PB, Devine, J, et al. 1987. Operation Everest II: Altitude decompression sickness during repeated altitude exposure. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 58:679-682.

Rock, PB, Johnson, TS, Cymerman, A, et al. 1987. Effect of dexamethasone on symptoms of acute mountain sickness at Pikes Peak, CO (4300 m). Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 58:668-672.

Young, P.M., Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 1987.  Altitude acclimatization attenuates plasma ammonia accumulation during submaximal exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 63:758-764.

Kolka, M.A., Stevenson, LA, Rock, PB et al. 1987. Local sweating and cutaneous blood flow during exercise in hypobaric environments. Journal of Applied Physiology 62:2224-2229.

Larson, RF, Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 1986. Effect of spironolactone on acute mountain sickness. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 57:543-547.

Cadarette, B.S., Levine, L, P.B. Rock, et al. 1986. Effects of atropine on thermoregulatory responses to exercise in different environments. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 57:1050-1055.

Meehan, RT, Cymerman, A, Rock, PB, et al. 1986. The effect of naproxen on acute mountain sickness and vascular responses to hypoxia. American Journal of Medical Sciences 29:15-20.

Fulco, CS, Cymerman, A, and Rock PB. 1985. A software package for administering and monitoring the Environmental Symptoms Questionnaire (ESQ-III). Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 56:57-61.

Jones, B.H., Rock, PB, Smith, LS, et al. 1985. Medical complaints following a marathon run in cool weather. Physician and Sports Medicine 13:103-110.

Johnson, TS, Rock, PB, Fulco, CS, et al. 1984. Prevention of acute mountain sickness by dexamethasone. New England Journal of Medicine 310:683-686.

Rock, PB, and Williams, O. Changes in lipid content of the montane vole. 1979. Acta Theriologica 24:237-247.

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