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Theodore C. Lyster Award

June 28, 2019

Theodore C. Lyster Award

This award was established to honor the memory of Brig. Gen. Theodore C. Lyster, the first Chief Surgeon, Aviation Section, United States Signal Corps. It is given annually for outstanding achievement in the general field of aerospace medicine. It is sponsored by the Army Aviation Medical Association.

Stephen Goodman (center), accepts the Lyster award from Mark Jacques (right), representing the Army Aviation Medical Association, and AsMA President Vermeiren (left).
   Stephen Goodman, M.D., was the 2019 recipient of the Theodore C. Lyster Award. He was recognized for his many significant contributions to Aerospace Medicine over a 36-year career that continue to have direct effects for pilots and air traffic controllers. ese contributions include policy allowing the safe use of antidepressants in aviation, and development of technology to allow virtual processing of over 330,000 aviator medical examinations annually. His expertise in the field of psychiatry was used in the development of the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) antidepressant medication policy for aviators that benefits over 1200 pilots annually. His forward thinking, scientific approach has allowed aviators to have their depressive illness treated, managed, and monitored rather than living day to day in fear of discovery. These contributions make aviation safer for all. 
   Dr. Goodman earned a B.A. in Political Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1968. He graduated in 1978 with his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His post-graduate training was undertaken at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and he served a Psychiatry Residency there in 1981. 
   Dr. Goodman began his career in Aerospace Medicine in 1982 in the FAA Western Pacific Regional Flight Surgeon Office overseeing the activities of over 275 Aviation Medical Examiners in the southwestern United States and U.S. possessions in the Pacific as far west as Guam. He managed the FAA internal drug-testing program for over 3000 federal employees and served as an expert witness for the FAA and other government agencies before federal courts and the National Transportation Safety Board. As the Senior Regional Flight Surgeon, he led the FAA Regional Flight Surgeon Work Group for 19 years and, during this time, developed the policy that allows the FAA to run the largest and most efficient aeromedical certification process in the world. Significantly, he assisted with the technology development for the virtual processing of over 330,000 aviation medical examinations annually, resulting in real time aeromedical decisions for 98% of the pilot applicants. He became Deputy Regional Flight Surgeon in 1982 and then Regional Flight Surgeon in 1988. He then served again from 2006 to 2016 as a Senior Regional Flight Surgeon. In 2008, he led the standardization of the FAA aviator autopsy program, and he provided oversight as the program transferred to researchers at the Civil Aviation Medical Institute. He has traveled to Thailand, China, Portugal and throughout the United States training physicians and medical staffs on FAA medical policy and aerospace medicine topics. He was selected to his current position as Deputy Federal Air Surgeon in 2016. 
   Dr. Goodman is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. He has been recognized with the Manager of the Year Award and the Superior Accomplishment Award for the Office of Aerospace Medicine. His other awards and honors include Special Acts of Service from the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Aerospace Medicine; an International Civil Aviation Organization Service Award; two Flight Surgeon of the Year awards from the Federal Aviation Administration; Service and Accomplishment awards from the Office of Aerospace Medicine; and two Senior Executive Performance Awards. He is certified as an FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and Medical Review Officer.