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Won Chuel Kay Award

June 28, 2019

Won Chuel Kay Award

Established and sponsored by the Korean Aerospace Medical Association in honor of Won Chuel Kay, M.D., the former Surgeon General of the Korean Air Force, founder and first Medical Director of Korean Airlines and first President of the Korean Aerospace Medical Association. This award is presented annually to a member who has made outstanding contributions to international aerospace medicine.

Gordon Cable (center), accepts the Kay award from Young Hwan Kwon (left), representing the Aerospace Medical Association of Korea, as Roland Vermeiren (right), AsMA President, looks on.
   Gordon Cable, M.B.B.S. (Hons.), ACCAM (Monash), PGDip.Av.Med. (Otago), GDOHSM (Adelaide), was the recipient of the 2019 Won Chuel Kay Award. He was honored for having been a driving force in both military and civilian aerospace medicine in Australia for more than 20 years, with achievements spanning teaching and training, clinical medicine, research, professional organization, and management of the specialty. His many contributions have arisen through his leadership and service to the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM), including as President, Secretary, and Conference Chair. His focus on training led to worldclass teaching initiatives, with particularly distinguished work on combined altitude depleted oxygen (CADO) when the service moved away from hypobaric chamber training. He was also intimately involved in setting up the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine and Chaired its Assessments Subcommittee.
   Dr. Cable graduated from the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, with an M.B.B.S. in 1988. He earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1996. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Adelaide in South Australia with a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management.
   Dr. Cable is a specialist in aerospace medicine and a Senior Aviation Medical Officer for the Australian Defence Force. He has been a consultant to the Royal Australian Air Force since 1996 and is currently Head of Aerospace Medicine Training at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. He is an Honorary Life Member of ASAM, which has benefited enormously from his longstanding leadership as a member of the board for 22 years and as President for two terms (2001–2007), Conference Organising Committee Chair (five times), Journal Editor (1996–2004), and Secretary (current). He was also instrumental in bringing the International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine to Australia twice (2002 as President and 2012 as Convenor). Additionally, he is Chair of the ASAM Space Life Sciences Committee which convenes the annual Humans in Space Challenges for Exploration course and is a member of the National Committee for Space and Radio Science.
   Dr. Cable holds Fellowships with the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. Additionally, he is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Medicine with the University of Tasmania. In 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to aerospace medicine. His other honors include the Ellingson Award for Published Research from AsMA’s Associate Fellows Group, AsMA’s Arnold D. Tuttle Award as a co-author, the Eric Stephenson Award from the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, and Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He is a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Space Industry Association, and the Space Medicine Association.