flight surgeon


Definition of flight surgeon

: a military medical officer specializing in aerospace medicine

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His voice conveyed unshakable confidence, though a flight surgeon during one liftoff measured his pulse at 135 beats a minute. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95," 22 July 2019 Two days after splashdown, as Ticonderoga sailed into San Diego, a helicopter carried the crew and their flight surgeon to meet President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev at the Western White House in San Clemente. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landings recall great contributions of San Diego’s aerospace industry," 21 July 2019 Some people, like pioneering female pilot Jerrie Cobb and NASA flight surgeon William Lovelace, believed that women were just as capable and perhaps better suited to be astronauts than men. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, "Women are less supportive of space exploration – getting a woman on the Moon might change that," 9 July 2019 But in January, NASA abruptly announced that Epps was being booted from her June flight, replacing her with Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a Hispanic flight surgeon selected as an astronaut alongside Epps in 2009. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Jeanette Epps doesn't know why NASA booted her from International Space Station flight," 22 June 2018 Auñón-Chancellor, who is certified in internal and aerospace medicine, started as a flight surgeon for NASA and worked in Russia, Ukraine, and also as deputy lead for medical operations for NASA's Orion spacecraft. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "NASA removes first African-American woman set to be on space station crew," 18 Jan. 2018 She is being replaced by Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a Caucasian flight surgeon who's been with the agency since 2006. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA faces calls for reinstatement of first African American on International Space Station crew," 22 Jan. 2018 Assigned to teach flight surgeons how to interpret electrocardiograms, Dr. Moss read up on the subject and embraced cardiology. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Arthur J. Moss, Who Pioneered Heart Treatments, Dies at 86," 28 Feb. 2018 The Navy officer who was injured by a spinning helicopter blade at Camp Pendleton and later died was identified Sunday as a 32-year-old flight surgeon, officials said. Lyndsay Winkley, latimes.com, "Navy officer killed by spinning helicopter blade at Camp Pendleton is identified," 26 Feb. 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of flight surgeon

: a medical officer (as in the United States Air Force) qualified by additional training for specialization in the psychological and medical problems associated with flying

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