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Tamisiea Award: Clayton Cowl

July 05, 2022

Tamisiea Award: Clayton Cowl

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.

A white man with thinning dark hair wearing glasses, a white shirt, grey tie, and black jacket poses against a mottled grey and white background.Clayton Cowl, M.D., M.S., is the 2022 winner of the John A. Tamisiea Award for his contribution to the art and science of aviation medicine in its application to the general aviation field. He created a Center of Excellence at the Mayo Clinic which is sought after by many pilots and was instrumental in developing a Fellowship in Aviation Medicine. He has an international reputation for leadership in the management and practice of aerospace medicine. He is a sought after and regular lecturer at both Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) meetings and has contributed to the literature on everything from human factors in hot-air balloon fatalities to current issues such as Long COVID.
   Dr. Cowl holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.D. from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and an M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa. He served a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa and is a Fellow in Preventive Medicine/Occupational Health/Occupational Medicine from the University of Iowa and a Fellow in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine from the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is currently the Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medi cine at the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, MN, campus. He is board certified
in Pulmonary Disease and in Occupational Medicine. He has been a physician with the Mayo Clinic since 1996. A Fellow of AsMA, CAMA, and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, he is a Past Presi dent of CAMA and President of the American College of Chest Physicians.
   Dr. Cowl’s research activities include aerospace safety and altitude physiology, environmental and occupational lung diseases, and medical education. He has tested emergency oxygen delivery systems used in commercial and private aircraft, analyzed crash data from general aviation aircraft, and studied the efficacy and quality of forensic pilot evaluations. He has also been involved in studies on occupational asthma and acute toxic inhalations, asbestos-related lung diseases, and other occupational pneumoconiosis. His efforts are aimed at education through Mayo Clinic training courses and providing test preparation material. The courses involved include performing federally mandated medical exams for commercial truck and bus drivers for the transportation industry, which touches everyone. Dr. Cowl’s research is part of a vital effort to ensure the safety of roads and airways.