Peter A. Salzer, MD has achieved specialty certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine from the ABPM.

Peter A. Salzer, MD FACS

C.E.O., Director of Medicine

Dr. Salzer is the Medical Director at Plainview Hospital’s Hyperbaric and Wound Care Facility, and has worked as a practicing vascular and general surgeon in the Long Island area for over 30 years.

Dr. Salzer adds a further 15 years of practice exclusively as a wound care and hyperbaric physician.

Dr. Salzer has the distinction of being one of only 600 physicians in the U.S. to have received A.B.P.M. Board Certification in the surgical specialty of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, and has founded wound care and hyperbaric programs at two Long Island hospitals (including North-­‐Shore Plainview).

Dr. Salzer also works as an active member and facility surveyor for the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (U.H.M.S.), who are responsible for regulating the worldwide practice and administration of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.



Michael Vidafar, BSc.

Michael Vidafar, Bsc., ASME

C.O.O., C.F.O., Director of Technical Application

Mr. Vidafar is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience working in the design, repair, operational function, and improvement of commercial and healthcare facilities throughout the country and abroad.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Vidafar has focused on the provision of his expertise related specifically to the design and operation of hyperbaric facilities alongside Dr. Salzer.

Mr. Vidafar has worked as a health care facility consultant at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and North-­‐Shore LIJ Health System at Franklin, Plainview, and Long Island Jewish Hospitals.

Additionally, Mr. Vidafar is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.) and possesses a wealth of knowledge relating to the installation and operation of hyperbaric chambers, as well as detailed technical expertise relating to P.V.H.O. code, NYS DoH/Building Code, and hyperbaric chamber design.

Mr. Vidafar continues to work closely with members of the N.F.P.A. and
A.S.M.E. to ensure national standards for safety, occupancy, reimbursement, and operational efficiency in hyperbaric facilities are met.



John Hoina, DPM is the first podiatrist to achieve certification in hyperbarics.


Director of Community Outreach

Dr. Hoina has been a podiatrist for over 30 years, and is an active podiatric surgeon practicing at NSLIJ Plainview Hospital.

Dr. Hoina specializes in the management, care, and healing of podiatric wounds, as well as diabetic wounds.

In addition to his work as a surgeon and podiatric wound physician, Dr. Hoina is the Director of the WHMC Podiatric Residency Program, and is frequently teaching the next generation of podiatric physicians at Plainview Hospital, including the wound care center and operating room.

Dr. Hoina is well known and respected throughout New York, and is committed as a full-time member of L.I.H.S. and its endeavors.



Hector Ortiz is a Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse

Hector M. Ortiz, RN. CHRN

Director of Clinical Nursing and Outpatient Services

Mr. Ortiz is a Registered Nurse and Clinical/Nursing Coordinator working for LIHS. He has been practicing exclusively in the sub-­‐surgical specialty of wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the past 36 months.

Additionally, Mr. Ortiz is the Nursing Manager and Clinical Service Coordinator at Plainview Hospital’s Hyperbaric and Wound Care unit, where he acts as a departmental representative, serving as an active member of several hospital committees in addition to his patient care responsibilities.

Mr. Ortiz has overseen many departmental and hospital-­‐wide initiatives aimed at improving patient satisfaction, clinical care, and ancillary services to Plainview Hospital and its patients, and continues such initiatives.

His background includes extensive administrative experience in medical and emergency transportation, as well as clinical experience in emergency medicine as a practicing New York State Paramedic for over 20 years.

Mr. Ortiz is responsible for the clinical oversight and leadership of at all of LIHS’s managed facilities, both within the North-­‐Shore LIJ System, and in the greater New York Area.



Mike Vidafar is a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist

Michael A. Vidafar, BA, CHT

Director of Safety and Education

Mr. Vidafar “Junior” has worked as the dedicated operational and safety strategist at Plainview Hospital’s Hyperbaric Unit since 2011.

With extensive certification from organizations including the ASME, ASTM, NBDHMT, and UHMS, as well as education from renowned practitioners and pioneers in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the N.F.P.A. related to the safe practice and operation of hyperbaric chambers, Mr. Vidafar has been able to merge the clinical aspirations of hyperbaric programs with the intricate concerns pertaining to safe administration and practice in hyperbaric oxygen environments.

Mr. Vidafar has designed and introduced procedures used in the NSLIJ health system detailing emergency protocols during hyperbaric emergencies, as well as education materials designed to clearly introduce and promote hyperbaric oxygen therapy to both patients and clinicians.

In addition to his experience and education with hyperbarics, Mr. Vidafar is a current NYS Emergency Medical Technician who frequently applies his knowledge with hands-­‐on care to hyperbaric patients at Franklin and Plainview Hospital.