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Bauer Award: David Newman

September 03, 2021

Bauer Award: David Newman

This award was established to honor Louis H. Bauer, M.D., founder of the Aerospace Medical Association. It is given annually for the most significant contribution in aerospace medicine. It is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.

David Newman is the recipient of the 2021 Louis H. Bauer Founder’s Award. Professor Newman's distinguished service to aerospace medicine as a researcher, educator, and flight safety advocate spans 30 years. He has taught thousands of civilian and military doctors, pilots, and accident investigators around the world in aerospace medicine. He has conducted significant, unique, and award- winning research with over 100 publications including 2 textbooks. He has been an expert consultant to 26 accident investigations in 4 countries involving a range of aircraft types from light aircraft through to commercial jet airliners. In recognition of his extensive and significant contributions to aerospace medicine, Professor Newman was admitted to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2020. He is the first aerospace physician to receive this honor, conferred on those whose careers, leadership, inspiration, and impact mark them out as among the most eminent and influential aerospace professionals of their generation.
   Dr. Newman is Visiting Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King's College London. An internationally-recognized aerospace medicine researcher, his widely cited research covers the full spectrum of aerospace physiology, clinical aerospace medicine, aerospace biomechanics, and flight safety. He is an authority on the effects of G force in pilots, having published extensive research on G-related issues. Dr. Newman is actively involved in air accident investigations, whose specialist expertise has been sought by several international investigative agencies. In 2020 he was a member of the UK expert review panel inquiry into G-related cognitive impairment. He has dedicated his career to improving human performance in flight and enhancing flight safety.
   Dr. Newman holds a medical degree from Monash University, a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle, an MBA from Deakin University, and a Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is a qualified USAF Flight Surgeon, and a pilot with flying experience in a range of civilian and military aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, the Hawk T1 and the Harrier.
   Upon graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University in 1989, Dr. Newman entered full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). His career as a military medical officer and aviation medicine specialist included 3 yr in support of tactical fighter operations. In that capacity, he regularly flew with all four on-base fighter squadrons. In October 1994 he was called upon to help rescue and recover two fighter pilots who had ejected following a mid-air collision.In 1995 he was posted to the US and undertook the USAF Flight Surgeon training program. In 1997 he was selected to undertake an RAF exchange posting in the UK, where he completed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine and won the Stewart Prize for the best student. He then stayed in the UK for another 7 months as an aviation medicine instructor, where he taught aviation medicine to RAF aircrew. His final posting was 2 yr as the Chief Instructor at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, where he was responsible for the training of all Australian Defence Force aircrew and medical officers in aviation medicine. During his tenure as Chief Instructor he was the Australian representative for several international working parties of the 5-nation Air Standardization Coordination Committee.
   After leaving the RAAF in 2000, he founded the Aviation Medicine Unit at Monash University, where he later became Professor of Aviation Medicine. In that capacity he developed, coordinated, and taught a range of aerospace medicine courses. In 2020 he was appointed to his current role as Visiting Professor of Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London.
   In addition to his academic work, Dr. Newman is the founder and Managing Director of Flight Medicine Systems Pty Ltd, a globally-focused company which has been providing highly specialized aerospace medicine research, training, consultancy, and accident investigation services for over 21 years. He has provided high-level consulting and advisory services to various national and international government agencies, regulatory bodies, airlines, and corporate entities in over 25 countries. He has taught aerospace medicine and human factors to thousands of doctors, pilots, and accident investigators around the world.
   Professor Newman is an authority on the effects of G forces in pilots, having published extensively on G-related research, including his two textbooks: “Flying Fast Jets” and “High G Flight”. In 2020 he was a member of the expert review panel for a UK enquiry into G-induced cognitive impairment. Prof Newman is the author of more than 100 scientific papers, books, book chapters and technical reports. He is a long-standing reviewer and member of the Editorial Board of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, and is a reviewer for multiple international peer-reviewed journals, including Anaesthesiology, Autonomic Neuroscience, and Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
   Dr. Newman’s many international awards include the Stewart Memorial Prize from the RAF School of Aviation
Medicine in 1997, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 2000 Buchanon-Barbour Award, and the Aerospace Medical Association’s 2000 Arnold Tuttle Award and 2014 John Paul Stapp Award. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical
Association and the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.