Banner, UA and Space X team up to organize aerospace surgery fellowship

PHOENIX – Banner-University Medical Center will host the first-ever Aerospace Surgery Fellowship in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Medicine -Phoenix and SpaceX.

The first of its kind, the fellowship program will prepare surgeons and physicians for advanced medical care, beyond primary astronaut care, in aerospace conditions.

Fellows will learn about hyperbaric medicine, pilot orientation, flight readiness exam, aerospace physics and physiology, and providing care in extreme and resource-limited environments.

“As we learn more about the burgeoning future of space travel, the need for specially trained surgeons to perform austere surgeries, and the interest and talent of our residents, it has become clear that Banner and UA College of Medicine-Phoenix should be the go-to place for training in this unique niche,” said Nathanial Soper, MD, chair of the college’s department of surgery and executive medical director of General Surgery at Banner-University Medical Center “I am truly excited and excited to have our institution involved in this new endeavor.”

Half of the year’s program will be spent on-site at one or more SpaceX sites in California, Texas and Florida. There, fellows will work in the field with medical assessment and health care for astronauts, aviators, spaceflight participants, and occupational health for SpaceX personnel.

Upon graduation, fellows will be eligible for board certification in aerospace medicine and designation as a flight surgeon.

The first year of this scholarship is made possible by a donation of $50,000 from Mr. and Mrs. James E. Brophy III. The Banner Health Foundation is seeking additional philanthropic support for the next three years of the program.

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