Doctor Tomchik’s Discovery of Sea Lice

In case you missed it on Robert S. Tomchik, M.D.’s page, Dr. Tomchik was the head of the Broward County Health Department. During that time skin rashes — called seabather’s eruption — began to appear on swimmers in South Florida beaches.

Doctor Tomchik swung into action and quickly determined that the eruption was caused by the stings of hundreds of tiny jellyfish called sea lice. Dr. Tomchik published an article in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) called “Clinical Perspectives on Seabather’s Eruption, Also Known as ‘Sea Lice'” on April 7, 1993.  You can read the article here.

Officials in Florida are now able to warn residents and tourists of the risk when the sea lice appear.

This is just one of the many accomplishments Robert S. Tomchik, M.D.’s has had over his 30+ years of experience as a medical doctor.