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Castleberry to Lead Society of NASA Flight Surgeons

May 30, 2019

Castleberry to Lead Society of NASA Flight Surgeons

Tarah Castleberry, D.O., M.P.H., is the incoming President of the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons.

   She has been the Flight Surgeon for Virgin Galactic since August 2015. She is board certified in Aerospace Medicine, Family Medicine, and General Preventive Medicine. She served as a contracted NASA Flight Surgeon through the UTMB-Wyle Bioastronautics contract from 2009–2012, providing support for International Space Station missions as well as support of U.S. and International Partner astronaut operations in Russia and Kazakhstan. Following her work at NASA, she became the program director for the UTMB-NASA/JSC Aerospace Medicine Residency as well as the program director for UTMB’s General Preventive Medicine Residency, serving in that capacity until 2017.
   Dr. Castleberry received a B.S. in Biology from Grand Canyon University in 1994 and then earned a D.O. from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. She served an internship in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1998 to 1999 and then earned an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000. She served a Residency in Aerospace Medicine from 2000 to 2002 at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and then a Residency in Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, from 2007 to 2009. 
   Dr. Castleberry is an associate professor in the departments of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Family Medicine at UTMB and Senior Faculty at Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine. Prior to her work at UTMB and NASA, she served as a flight surgeon and aerospace medicine specialist in the U.S. Navy for 7 years. She is currently Principal Investigator for a project funded by the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation studying physiological effects of acceleration in the suborbital space environment.
   Dr. Castleberry is a member of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons, the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, the American Academy of Family Practice, the Space Medicine Association, and the Aerospace Medical Association. Her honors and awards include U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year Nominee, NASA Life Saver Award, NASA Space Life Sciences Division Director’s Commendation Award, an Honorary Doctor of Science in Osteopathy degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization Mentor Award, and being co-recipient of the Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medical Association. She has 10 published papers and 10 invited lectures to her name, as well as a patent submission.