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DeJohn Is AsMA President-Elect

July 24, 2019

DeJohn Is AsMA President-Elect

Ortega Installed as President 

Charles “Chuck” DeJohn, D.O., M.P.H., has been elected as President-Elect of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). e election was held at the Annual Business Meeting during the 90th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association, May 7, 2019, at the Rio All Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.
   Dr. DeJohn serves as a Research Physician working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City, OK. He is the Team Coordinator of the CAMI Aerospace Medical Research Team and is frequently called on as a medical/human factors consultant by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Department of Justice, the aviation industry, and academia. for cases that need medical and human factors evaluation or interpretation. His responsibilities also include planning, directing and conducting research into medical issues of aircraft accidents, inflight medical incapacitations of aircrew, in-flight cabin medical emergencies of passengers, and injuries and mechanisms of injuries to aircraft accident victims. Dr. DeJohn developed a unique data registry to track in-flight medical incapacitations of pilots, used to answer many critical questions about in-flight medical events.
   Dr. DeJohn has served the Aerospace Medical Association as a Vice President, a past Chair of the Aerospace Safety and Resolutions Committees, and as a member of the Air Transport Medicine and Scientific Program Committees. He received the 2017 Marie Marvingt Award from AsMA.
   Dr. DeJohn graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Engineering in 1968. He then earned an M.S. in Aero-Systems Engineering from the University of West Florida in 1972 and an M.P.H. from the University of Alabama in 1990. He earned his D.O. degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1983. He served a medical internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in Pinellas Park, FL, from 1983–1984 and completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, TX, in 1999. He was an Emergency Room Physician at Metropolitan General Hospital in 1984 and became a Medical Quality Assurance Coordinator at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (NAMRL) in Pensacola, FL, from 1987–1992. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Clinical Medical Officer at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Pensacola and from 1984 until 1992, he was also Medical Officer at NAMRL. He became a Research Physician for the FAA CAMI Clinic in 2000, a position he currently still holds.
   Dr. DeJohn is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the International Airline Medical Association (formerly the AMDA, Airline Medical Directors Association), the Aerospace Human Factors Association, and the American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. His awards and honors include three performance awards from NAMRL, Outstanding Scientific and Technical Innovator Award from the FAA Office of Aviation Medicine, multiple Group and Special Act Awards from the FAA, and two Outstanding Support Awards from the Transportation Safety Institute at the Department of Transportation. He has been a presenter, author, or co-author of over 100 presentations and publications.
   Hernando J. “Joe” Ortega, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., was installed as President during the AsMA Council meeting, Thursday, May 9, 2019. In the photo to the left, Roland Vermeiren, M.D., FAsMA, outgoing President (right), embraces Joe Ortega, M.D., M.P.H., the incoming President (left), at the joint Council meeting. Dr. Ortega is the Founder and Managing Member of Flight Docs Unlimited, LLC, in San Antonio, as well as Consulting Director of Operational Flight Medicine for Neurostat Analytic Solutions. He is a member and Past President of the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons and the American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists. He is also a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association. [For a more complete biography of Dr. Ortega, please see Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2018; 89(8):767.]
   Other elected officials are: Vice Presidents: Joseph P. Dervay, M.D. (2 yr); Barry Shender, Ph.D. (2 yr); Volker Damann, M.D. (1 yr to complete DeJohn’s term); Secretary: Kathryn Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., D.Av.Med.; Members-at- Large: Denise Baisden, M.D., John Charles, Ph.D., B.S., Ilaria Cinelli, Ph.D., and Susan Fondy, M.D., M.P.H.