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In Memoriam - Roland Shamburek

April 29, 2019

In Memoriam - Roland Shamburek

AsMA was saddened to hear of the death of Roland H. Shamburek, M.D., who served as Executive Director (Executive Vice President) of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) from 1977–1978.

   Born in Wisconsin, Dr. Shamburek earned a B.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and then his M.D. in 1953. He interned at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI, in 1954 and then attended the Basic Course at the Army Medical Field Service School in 1954, the Advanced Course in 1957, and the Primary Course at the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine also in 1957. He graduated from Harvard School of Public Health in 1961 with an M.P.H. He then took the Advanced Course at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in 1962. He was a Resident in Aviation Medicine at the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Rucker, AL, in 1963 and completed U.S. Army War College in 1972.
   Dr. Shamburek served as Commander, Medical Detachment, 216th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Still, OK, from 1954-1956. In 1958 he became Division Flight Surgeon, 2nd Armored Division and Post Flight Surgeon at Fort Hood, TX. He was an Instructor at the U.S. Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, AL from 1962-1963 and then became Aviation Medicine and Physical Standards Consultant, U.S. Army Europe until 1966. From 1963-1965, he also served as Aeromedical Flight Controller for Project Gemini at NASA. From 1966-1970, he was Chief of the Aviation Branch, Directorate of Plans, Supply and Operations, Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, and Aviation Medicine Consultant to the Surgeon General. In 1970 he became Commander of the 67th Evacuation Hospital in the Republic of Vietnam, and in 1972 was Chief of the Medical Corps Career Activities Office at the Office of the Surgeon General and later at the U.S. Army Medical Department Personnel Support Agency. In 1975, he became Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Personnel Support Agency, which he held until 1977.
   Dr. Shamburek was a Diplomate in Aviation Medicine of the American Board of Preventive Medicine; a member of the American Medical Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons (where he was President from 1973-1974), and the Army Aviation Association of America; and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (where he was Vice President from 1968-1969) and AsMA (where he was Vice President from 1968-1969). His awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Commendation Medal, a USAF Unit Commendation Award, a NASA certificate for support of Gemini Flights NS-1 and GT-3, 4, and 6, and the John Shaw Billings Award from the Association of Military Surgeons.