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Garbino to Lead Space Medicine Association

June 01, 2022

Garbino to Lead Space Medicine Association

Alejandro “Alex” Garbino, M.D., Ph.D., is the incoming President of the Space Medicine Association.

Dr. Garbino is an EVA Research Scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center and Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine in Houston, TX. He has extensive experience practicing medicine in challenging environments. Dr. Garbino’s work focuses on the human physical and cognitive challenges associated with working in space suits, including metabolic workloads, thermal stress, prevention of decompression illness, and managing cognitive load. In the past, he has served as Lead Physiological Monitor on the Red Bull Stratos high altitude jump, leading the logistics for the medical support team and providing field medical support for the subsequent StratEx record-breaking high-altitude jump, and a 2-month medical support and transport rotation in Antarctica. He also completed the NOAA/UHMS Phys ician Dive Medicine Program and the NOLS Wilderness Medicine course. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association and has served as a Vice President.
   Dr. Garbino obtained a B.S. in Physics with Honors from the University of Houston in 2005. In 2012 he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Translational Biology. In 2015 he completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident from 2014 to 2015. In 2017 he completed his Aerospace Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch/NASA Program. During his residency, he completed the U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon and Critical Care Air Transport training program and rotated aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) and with the Navy Experimental Dive Unit. He now lives in Houston, TX, but divides his time between there and Denver, CO. He is licensed to practice in Texas, Colorado, Florida, and California. He also holds Private Pilot, Skydiving, and scuba diver certifications.