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John A. Tamisiea Award

June 28, 2019

John A. Tamisiea Award

This award was established and sponsored by the Civil Aviation Medical Association in memory of John A. Tamisiea, M.D. The award is given annually to an aviation medical examiner or other individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the art and science of aviation medicine in its application to the general aviation field.

David Schall (center), accepts the Tamisiea award from Warren Silberman (left), representing the Civil Aviation Medical Association, and AsMA President Vermeiren (right).
   David G. Schall, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, was the recipient of the 2019 John A. Tamisiea Award in recognition of his exemplary contributions to aerospace medicine for 40 years. He contributed to general aviation as the FAA Great Lakes Regional Flight Surgeon for 7 years, where he transformed and greatly improved the reputation of this Region within the general aviation community. Now as a medical certification physician for the FAA in Oklahoma City, he handles over 2,200 certification cases annually. He is a consummate educator and mentor, presenting at five AME Refresher Seminars each year on the aeromedical aspects of fatigue, sleep apnea, and general otolaryngology, lectures to USAF Residents, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, and JROTC students. He has also provided aerospace medicine focused lectures at Oshkosh AirVenture for the International Experimental Aircraft Association, as well as other EAA and pilot forums.
   Dr. Schall completed a Residency in Aerospace Preventive Medicine with the USAF at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, TX, followed by a second Residency in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE. He then did an additional Fellowship with Dr. Michael E. Glasscock in Otology/Neurotology Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Foundation, which is affiliated with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He currently serves as the Regional Flight Surgeon for the FAA’s Great Lakes Regional Office and also as a Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery/Neurotology Skull Base Surgery. He is a retired Air Force Colonel, having served 37 years in Active/Guard/Reserve capacities. He also served as the ENT Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and was a Chief Flight Surgeon with over 1600 hours of flying time. He has flown as a Flight Surgeon, in over 42 different military aircraft types from the F-4 Phantom, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, to C-130’s, Blackhawk Helicopters and Cobra Gunships. He is also a private pilot.
   Dr. Schall is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Society of Military Otolaryngologists, and the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). He is an Associate Fellow of the American Neurotology Society and a Senior Member of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces, an Emeritus Member of the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons, a member of the Space Medicine Association, and a Life Member of the Association of Military Flight Surgeons of the United States. His awards and honors include the Howard R. Unger Award for Literary Excellence from the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons, the USAF Air Medal, the U.S. Army Military Order of Medical Merit, the USAF Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Military History Essay Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Great Lakes Region Professional Excellence Award. He has also received the Civil Aviation Medical Association’s President’s Commendation and AsMA’s Kent K. Gillingham Award.