May 29, 2013
DiBiase to Lead ANS
Cathy DiBiase, BSN, RN, is the new President of the Aerospace Nursing Society (ANS).
She is currently an Aerospace Medicine Support Specialist and Research Nurse at Innovative Health Applications (IHA) at Kennedy Space Center, FL. She got her RN license from the Florida State Board of Nursing in 1983 after earning a B.S. in Nursing at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL. She then served as Staff Nurse at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Daytona Beach until 1985, when she transferred to Boca Raton Community Hospital. In 1989, she became a Staff Nurse and Relief Charge Nurse in the ICU at Jess Parrish Memorial Hospital in Titusville, FL, and then a Staff Nurse in Telemetry/ICU at Human Hospital in Daytona Beach. During that time, she also served as a Critical Care Nurse in the CCU at Delray Community Hospital in Delray Beach. In 1991, she became a Nurse Case Manager/Home Health Nurse at Paragon Home Healthcare in Daytona Beach and also served as a Critical Care Clinician at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, FL. She became an Aerospace Nurse in 1994, working in Medical Operations at The Bionetics Corp at Kennedy Space Center. In 2009, she took her current position. From 1998 to 2011, she was also an Emergency Nurse at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.
For the last 20 years, Ms. DiBiase has worked at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Her primary responsibilities during the space shuttle program included the care of U.S. and international astronauts prior to launch, on launch and landing day, and post-landing. She has provided a variety of services from the administration of supportive postflight crew care to mission contingency planning. She has assisted with the coordination of medical forces for mission support, including civilian and Department of Defense readiness training. When not working directly on mission support, she contributed to NASA’s Biomedical Research Laboratory, which was charged with conducting life support equipment testing, as well as studying problems associated with work at KSC (i.e., motion sickness and heat stress). With the end of the U.S. shuttle program and the movement of manned spaceflight support to Russia, she now manages several research projects geared to improve our performance in this extreme environment.
Ms. DiBiase is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), an Honorary Member of the NASA Flight
Surgeons, a member of the Space Medicine Branch, and a member of the ANS, where she was President once before from 2007-2008. She has been honored by NASA as a recipient of the Silver Snoopy in 2012 and with the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in 2002. She was a first runner up for the Space Medicine Association’s 2011 Young Investigator Award
and was a recipient of AsMA’s Mary T. Klinker award in 2009. She is a member of the Corporate and Sustaining Member Primer
Project. Her other awards include a Public Service Group Achievement Award, a KSC Group Achievement Award, a Kudos Award from LSSC, KSC, a KSC Teamwork Award, and an Acme Award.