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Moseley Award: Lina Maria Sanchez Rubio

September 03, 2021

Moseley Award: Lina Maria Sanchez Rubio

Established in memory of Col. Harry G. Moseley, USAF, MC, in recognition of his material contributions to flight safety. It is given annually for the most outstanding contribution to flight safety. Sponsored by the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots.

Lina Maria Sanchez Rubio, M.D., Ph.D., FAsMA, Col. (Ret.), COLAF, was the 2021 recipient of the Harry G. Moseley Award for her leadership and service in support of flight safety during both civil and military operations. Her expertise includes medicine, human factors, aeromedical certification, operational safety, aviation accident prevent and investigation, aeromedical evacuation, epidemiology, teaching theory, health resources management and aerospace medical research. Her 32 years of contributions to education include four academic appointments, three of which are still current. She has been a mentor of multiple residents in aerospace medicine. Her achievements as a woman in Latin America are unprecedented, including her appointment as Surgeon General of the Colombian Air Force.
   Born in Ibague, Colombia, Dr. Sanchez Rubio earned a Bachelor´s degree with honors, receiving the Andres Bello Medal of the Colombian Ministry of Education in 1982. She received her Medical Doctor degree from Nueva Granada Military University Medical School, with honors at the top of her class, and was awarded the University Merit Medal in 1988. She completed her aerospace medicine education at the Colombian, Argentina, Brazilian, and the U.S. Air Forces; and further education at University of Texas Medical Branch (Aerospace Medicine Course), the Civil Aviation Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration (International Rotation in Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors), and the ETC Aeromedical Training Institute (Aerospace Physiology Training Course). She earned a Ph.D. in Public Health, with honors, from National University of Colombia, which conferred the Merit Award on her in 2010. Her doctoral thesis on the Study of the Human Factor in Colombian Aviation Accidents helped to increase understanding of the role of human factors in aviation accidents and generated significant data that permit direct comparison with studies in several countries, contributing to aircrew performance, harmonization, standardization, and aviation safety.
   From 1998–2018, Dr. Sanchez Rubio was an Otolaryngology Specialist at the Colombian Air Force Aerospace Medical Center and University Teaching Specialist (2013) from Nueva Granada Military University. She was Medical Officer of the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) for 30 years (1988–2018). There she served as flight surgeon, aviation safety officer, medical specialist, professor, researcher, Director of the Aerospace Medical Center, and Surgeon General. She was recognized as one of the best officers of the Colombian Air Force with the Excellence Award in 2009. Additionally, she has been aviation medical examiner and advisor of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority since 1993; and adjunct professor at the Nueva Granada Military University, National University of Colombia and the COLAF Postgraduate School.
   Dr. Sanchez Rubio led the scientific and technological development of the COLAF Aerospace Medical Center--
CEMAE, contributing to development of the military and civil aerospace medicine in Colombia, and achieved the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Recognition to its Aerospace Physiology Training Program in 2013. She directed the multidisciplinary team that structured and implemented the COLAF Aerospace Medical Center Programs to generate optimal conditions for flight operations. As COLAF representative, she became part of the specialized team and advisory committee (formed by Dr. Jorge Behaine) that created the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program of the National University of Colombia in agreement with the COLAF and Civil Aviation Authority in 2002.
   Dr. Sanchez is member of the Colombian Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Association (ACORL); a Fellow of Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA); a member of Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA) and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM); Past President of the Colombian Aerospace Medical Association; and Past President of the Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine. At present, she continues working in academic and research activities and advising military and civilian institutions.