Grand Rounds and Activities

Grand Rounds

Due to COVID-19, Grand Rounds will be presented the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. CST using Microsoft Teams.

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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds Archives

We are working on compiling a new archive.  Those that have been granted permission to post publicly may be found below.  For others, please send inquiries to

Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds

June 8

"Translating Beyond the Bench and Terrestrial Bedside: Dealing with the Pressure"
Alexandra J. Sinclair MBChB, MRCP, PhD
Professor of Neurology & Honorary Consultant Neurologist
Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Grand Rounds Recording


May 11
"Lymphedema of Venous Etiology (LOVE) and Spaceflight Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS): Environments, the Endothelial Glycocalyx and Common Nutrients"
Medical Director
Department of Vascular Surgery
Fairview Wound Healing Institute
University of Minnesota Physicians
Grand Rounds Recording

April 13

March 9
"Women's Health: Management Considerations in the Space Environment" 
Rebecca Blue, MD, MPH  
Physician/Flight Surgeon   
UTMB/KBR Human Health & Performance  
NASA Johnson Space Center 

Jonathan Steller, MD  
Assistant Clinical Professor   
Maternal and Fetal Medicine  
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of California, Irvine 

Christopher Zahner, MD  
Assistant Professor   
Clinical Pathology Division Director 
University of Texas Medical Branch 
Grand Rounds Recording

February 9
"Gynecologic and Reproductive Health in the Space Environment" 
Jonathan Steller, MD  
Assistant Clinical Professor   
Maternal and Fetal Medicine  
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of California, Irvine 
Grand Rounds Recording

December 8
" Precision Nutrition – The Evolving Definitions of “Requirements”" 
Patrick J. Stover, PhD  
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Professor Texas A&M AgriLife  
Texas A&M University System 
Grand Rounds Recording

November 10
"The Shape of Stories: How Narratives Impact Our Capacity for empathy"
Jeffrey S. Farroni, PhD, JD
Associate Professor
Director, Clinical Ethics Program
Institute for Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
Grand Rounds Recording

October 13
"Human Exploration of Mars - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding Exposure Risks"
Andrea D. Harrington, PhD
Mars Sample Curator and Space Scientist
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Grand Rounds Recording
September 8

August 11

July 7
"Air Medical Transport"
Douglas Summerfield, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Mercy One
North Iowa ICU
Medical Director, Mercy AirMed
Regional Air Ambulance Service
MS Teams Videoconference
(No recording)

June 9
"UTMB Aerospace Resident Cases"
Amy J. Kreykes, MD, MPH
Ann H. Tsung, MD, MPH
Residents, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
MS Teams Videoconference

May 12
"COVID-19 Ward Experience"
Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
LSUHSC Internal Medicine – Baton Rouge
Associate Program Director, Aerospace Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
MS Teams Videoconference
(No recording)

April 9 - 
Cancelled, COVID-19

March 12 - Cancelled, COVID-19

February 12 - Cancelled

January 8 - Cancelled

November 12, 2019
"The Citizen Professional and the Politization of Science"
Jeffrey Farroni, PhD, JD
Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Medical Humanities Clinical Ethics Program
University of Texas Medical Branch

October 8, 2019
"Dental Issues in Remote Environments"
Robert Koff, DMD
Private Practice
Consultant, US Antarctic Program
Center for Polar Medical Operations, University of Texas Medical Branch

September 10, 2019
"Updates and Clinical Guidelines for Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension"
Michael Nguyen, MD
Medical Director, Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care Center
University of Texas Medical Branch

August 13, 2019

Moriah S. Thompson, MD, MPH
Resident Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

July 9, 2019
"Returning Astronauts to Space from U.S. Soil - The First Steps"
James M. Vanderploeg, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Aerospace Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Galactic
(UTMB Commercial Spaceflight Day- no video)

June 6, 2019
"Thrombosis in Microgravity"
Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor and NASA Astronaut
NASA Johnson Space Center

May 7
No broadcast this month.
Residents presenting at Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

April 9
"Patient Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation"
Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Director, Aerospace Medicine Residency
Preventive Medicine and Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch

March 12
"Aerospace Medicine at UTMB: Launching into the Future from a Distinguished Past"
William E. Powers, MD, MS
Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Preventive Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

February 12
"Space Medicine in Cologne, Germany: A Resident's Experience with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and European Space Agency (ESA)"

Christopher T. Haas, MD, MPH
Resident, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

January 8 - Cancelled

December 11
"Autonomous Medical Support for Exploration Missions: Research, Training, and Operations"
Douglas Ebert, PhD
Senior Scientist, KBRwyle / NASA Johnson Space Center
Fellow, NASA Human Health and Performance Contract
(Recording pending approval)

November- Ethics
"The Next Copernican Revolution: What if We're Not at the Center of the Ethical Universe?"
Jeffrey Farroni, JD, PhD
Director of Clinical Ethics for the Health System
Assistant Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Fellow, James Wade Rockwell Distinguished Professorship in Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch

Aerospace Medicine Activities and Didactics

Aerospace medicine faculty and residents participate in a variety of activities, including:

Other Resources

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Medicine Clerkship

The four week Space Medicine Clerkship is offered by the NASA Johnson Space Center semi-annually during the months of April and October and is located at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas).  The Clerkship typically begins the first Monday and concludes on the last Friday of the month. The clerkship involves formal lectures on space medicine topics and issues, as well as familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design and function. Clerkship participants are required to complete a research project and paper in a current focus area of space medicine, which will be presented both orally and written to the JSC Space Medicine Community.

Interested applicants should visit for additional information and to apply directly with the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Aerospace Medical Association

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine.

For more information on AsMA, visit

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

The ACGME accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education.

For more information on accreditation and program requirements visit

Aerospace Medical Student and Resident Organization

AMSRO is the official student and resident organization of the Aerospace Medical Association. Its members include medical residents, medical students, graduate students, allied health students, and undergraduate students.

For more information about AMSRO visit

Houston Chapter:
American College of Preventive Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,700 preventive medicine and public health physicians who manage, research, and influence population health. Preventive medicine physicians are employed in a wide range of sectors and settings including leaders in local, national, and international health sectors.

To learn more about ACPM, visit

Other Places to Learn


Aerospace Medicine Residency Program
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 747-6131

William E. Powers, MD, MS
Aerospace Medicine 
R. Yvette Schulz_smR. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager
Aerospace Medicine