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Belland Named American's Chief Medical Officer

September 07, 2018

Belland Named American's Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kris Belland, a Past President and Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), has been named American Airlines Chief Medical Officer.

   His role ensures the highest quality medical advice while safeguarding patient confidentiality. He will take over immediately for Dr. Jeral Ahtone, who served as American’s corporate medical director since 2010.
   Working closely with the Safety and People teams, Dr. Belland will provide medical leadership and clinical oversight for all Premise clinics and will work both internally and externally with other teams such as the Go Team. He’ll also be in contact with governmental agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Homeland Security, on medical issues affecting our team members and customers.
   Dr. Belland recently retired from the U.S. Navy and was one of a small group of flight surgeons who also earned Naval Aviator pilot status. In addition to being awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement Medals, he also was awarded a Strike Flight Air Medal for flying 25 combat missions over Iraq. The Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons honored him with both the Richard Leuhrs Flight Surgeon of the Year Award for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in 1994 and the Sonny Carter Memorial Award in 2000. The Aerospace Medical Association bestowed the Theodore C. Lyster Award on him in 2009.
   Dr. Belland holds a doctorate degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Air Force Air War College, a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University and a master’s degree in Public Health from Uniformed Services University. He served as President of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots from 2007–2009 and serves on several of the AsMA’s committees.