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Arnold D. Tuttle Award

June 28, 2019

Arnold D. Tuttle Award

Established in memory of Col. Arnold D. Tuttle, USAF, MC. Awarded annually for original research that has made the most significant contribution toward the solution of a challenging problem in aerospace medicine and which was published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. Sponsored by KBR.

Ian Curry (center), accepts the Tuttle award from Michelle Frieling (left), representing KBR, and AsMA President Vermeiren (right).
   Ian P. Curry, BM, B.S., M.Sc., D.Av.Med., was the 2019 recipient of the Arnold D. Tuttle Award. He was recognized for his role as the lead author of “Clinical Diagnoses Leading to Suspension in Army Aircrew: An Epidemiological Study” [Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2018; 89(7)587–592]. He and his co-authors, Amanda Kelley, Ph.D., and Steven Gaydos, M.D., conducted an epidemiological review of U.S. Army medical records to identify the most prevalent conditions affecting Army aviators’ careers. Tjey found four leading waiver causes and two leading causes for permanent suspension. They also saw a correlation between age and diagnosis presence, but no association with negative occupational outcome. Their goal was to inform leadership of the leading causes of medical waiver and suspension to help understanding of disease prevalence and its impact on flying status and therefore to help direct policy and strategies for health protection.
   A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Curry earned a B.Med.Sci. (Hons.), BM, B.S. from Nottingham Medical School in 1988. He completed the British Army Flying Training Course in 1994 and earned a Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians in 1997. He graduated from the Birmingham University Institute of Occupational Health with an M.Sc. (Distinction) in 2000. He is a member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and is currently a Consultant Advisor in Aviation Medicine to the British Army.
   Dr. Curry began his career in 1988 as a House Surgeon and Physician at the Derby Royal Infirmary and Cambridge Military Hospital. In 1989 he became Senior House Officer of Accident and Emergency at Nottingham and Derby Hospitals in the UK Trauma Residency program. From 1990–2018, he served in a variety of positions, including Regimental Medical Officer and Trauma Resident in Belfast and Hong Kong, Trainee Specialist in Aviation Medicine in Hampshire, Gazelle Helicopter Pilot Commander in Germany, Canada, Kenya, Belize, and the former Yugoslavia, Specialist Registrar in the UK and Germany, Research Registrar at the DERA Centre for Human Sciences in Farnborough, eatre Consultant in Iraq, British Exchange Research Flight Surgeon at Ft. Rucker, AL, Aviation Medical Advisor to the UK Joint Helicopter Command, and Research Division Director and Task Area Manager as an exchange research pilot/physician at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory.
   Dr. Curry’s awards include two Joseph L. Haley Awards for best paper published on rotary wing aviation medicine, a SAFE Association Team Achievement Award, a U.S. Army Innovation Award, and a Director of Army Aviation Commendation for Meritorious Service. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and holds Honorary Membership in the U.S. Army Medical Department Regiment. There are over 30 publications with his name as either lead or co-author and over 25 presentations. He is a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine, the Association of Aeromedical Examiners, the Royal Geographical Society, and the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots.