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Johansen Leads Society of NASA Flight Surgeons

June 01, 2022

Johansen Leads Society of NASA Flight Surgeons

Benjamin Johansen, D.O., is the incoming President of the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons.

He graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University and completed Internal Medicine residency training at Banner University Medical Center and Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix, AZ. He went on to complete a second residency in Aerospace Medicine and a Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Aerospace Medicine and currently works for NASA as a Flight Surgeon.
   Dr. Johansen has supported Expedition 53/54 and Expedition 58/59 as a Deputy Crew Surgeon, providing medical care to NASA astronauts during 6-month missions to the International Space Station. He served as the Program Medical Officer for the NASA Commercial Crew Program leading up to the SpaceX Demo-2 mission marking America’s return to human spaceflight from the Florida Space Coast. Following this successful mission, he served as lead Flight Surgeon for the NASA/SpaceX Crew-1 mission marking the first operational crewed flight to the ISS. He continues to provide medical support for joint SpaceX/NASA missions and is assisting in the development of medical operations for the Artemis program.
   In addition to his NASA duties, Dr. Johansen continues works as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force Reserves assigned to the 1st Air Force Detachment 3 at Patrick Space Force Base, FL. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, Aerospace Medicine Association, Space Medicine Association, and the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons.