Grand Rounds and Activities

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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

  • 2021

    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"
    Mark Melin, MD, FACS, RPVI, FACCWS
    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

  • 2020

    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

  • 2019

    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
    Grand Rounds Recording

    January 8 - Cancelled

  • 2018

    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
    Grand Rounds Recording

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 the Aerospace Medical Association website.

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 the ACGME website.

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
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Phone: (409) 747-6131


R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager
Aerospace Medicine