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Joe Kerwin Award

June 28, 2019

Joe Kerwin Award

Established and sponsored by KBR in honor of Joseph P. Kerwin, the first physician/astronaut. It is presented for advances in the understanding of human physiology during spaceflight and innovation in the practice of space medicine to support optimal human health and performance in space.

Tina Bayuse (center), accepts the Kerwin award from AsMA President Vermeiren (right) and Michelle Frieling (left), representing KBR.
   Tina Bayuse, Pharm.D., R.Ph., was the 2019 recipient of the Joe Kerwin Award for her leadership and dedication to the support of optimal human health and performance in spaceflight. She has spearheaded efforts to provide a safe and effective pharmaceutical formulary for spaceflight and, as such, has been responsible for pharmaceutical preparation and delivery in support of aerospace medical needs in low-Earth orbit. For years, she has been the key individual supporting the NASA aerospace pharmacy, providing clinical expertise and recommendations for pharmaceutical treatment options and preparing medications for flight and use by crewmembers. She has been heavily involved in efforts to evaluate the stability, effectiveness, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of medications used in spaceflight, identifying and highlighting numerous knowledge gaps that limit our current ability to effectively provide pharmaceutical capabilities for future missions to the Moon and Mars. In addition, she has been instrumental in current efforts to evaluate and expand space pharmacy capabilities for exploration spaceflight.
   Dr. Bayuse graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2000. Upon graduation, she accepted a position in the Pharmacology Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a government contractor working for Wyle (now KBRwyle) supporting various research projects, including pharmaceutical stability research for the on-orbit medical kits. In addition, she was responsible for the development and maintenance of medication monographs for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station Medical Kits. In 2002, she became the Lead Pharmacist for the first and only NASA pharmacy that opened its doors in 2003. As the Lead, she was responsible for the original start-up work for the pharmacy, including the physical layout, policy and procedure development for medication management, and implementation of pharmacy practice programs. As clinical staff team members, Dr. Bayuse and her pharmacist colleagues work with the JSC Clinic and Medical Operations Group in support of crewmember and employee health.
   Dr. Bayuse serves as the pharmacist consultant to the Medical Operations and the Health Maintenance System groups for on-orbit medical care, including Medical Kit design, medication selection, and process development for the ISS, Commercial Crew, and Orion Programs. She is responsible for leading the pharmacist team in the provision and packing of the medications for spaceflight through the JSC Pharmacy as well as overseeing the medication management of the kits. She is a member of the operations team responsible for pharmacy practice for NASA’s remote operations, such as the medical facility in Star City, Russia, and the Direct Return program which returns postflight astronauts to Houston within 24 hours aer landing in Kazakhstan.
   Dr. Bayuse serves as a liaison between the space medicine clinical and operational pharmacy program and the research community. In March of 2016 she joined the Exploration Medical Capabilities Element as a subject matter expert providing pharmacy operations expertise to the Clinician’s Group in support of the team’s goals. She has presented numerous topics in pharmacy practice as it relates to Space Medicine. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), as well as an active member of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and the Space Medicine Association (SMA), serving as treasurer from May 2015 to May 2019. She has won numerous awards from her contractor employer, KBRwyle, as well as NASA including the Silver Snoopy award (2018) and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal (2018), which is the highest honor awarded to a non-government individual for their contribution to NASA.