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Shurlow to Lead ASAMS

May 30, 2019

Shurlow to Lead ASAMS

Col. Charles A. Shurlow is the new President of the American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists (ASAMS).

   He is currently the Ohio State Air Surgeon, Joint Force Headquarters, Ohio Air National Guard, Beightler Armory, Columbus, OH. He is responsible to the Adjutant General for ensuring Ohio Air National Guard medical operations and policy enhance the medical readiness of the more than 4,900 airmen across four flying wings and six support units. He is also a civilian contractor for STS Systems Integration as the Chief Flight Surgeon for the Medical Flight Standards Branch of the Aeromedical Consult Service, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine.
   Col. Shurlow graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, in 1981 with an Associate degree in Applied Science and then earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Following that, he earned a D.O. at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO, and served an internship at Bay Medical Center, Bay City, MI, from 1989–1990. He completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens, MI, in 1996, and graduated from the Aerospace Medicine program at Wright State University with an M.S. in 2007. He then served a 1-year residency in Aerospace Medicine at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base, TX. He has also attended Air War College, the Interagency Institue for Federal Health Care Executives, DMRTI’s Public Health Emergency Management Course, the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute Capstone for MHS Leaders, and the Joint Domestic Operations Course.
   Col. Shurlow entered the Air Force in March 1990 and completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course. He then served in a variety of positions, including Squadron Medical Element, Flight Commander, Officer in Charge of Flight Medicine, and Senior Flight Surgeon. He has deployed for multiple contingencies, including: Operations Desert Storm, Northern/Southern Watch, Nobel Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Deep Freeze. His society memberships include: the Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons, Aerospace Medical Association, Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, Military Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, American College of Family Practice Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Air Force Association, and the National Guard Association of the United States. He has more than 1,900 flying hours in more than 42 different airframes. His awards and honors include the Air Force Long and Short Tour Ribbons, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one device, an Air Force Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with eight devices, the Donald F. Hagen Young Physicians Award, and the Wright State University Graduate Student Excellence Award.