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Dervay Leads Space Medicine Association

May 23, 2018

Dervay Leads Space Medicine Association

Joseph P. Dervay, M.D., M.P.H., M.M.S., FACEP, is the incoming president of the Space Medicine Association (SMA). He has previously served as a “Member-at-Large” and Vice President. 

   Dr. Dervay trained as a Navy Flight Surgeon, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine, the UTMB/NASA Space Medicine Fellowship and Aerospace Medicine Residency, and hyperbaric training at University of Texas, Houston.  He holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, with 34 years of Active Duty/Reserve service with Navy and Marine Corp units worldwide.
Dr. Dervay has served as a NASA Flight Surgeon at JSC for nearly 25 years. As Crew/Deputy Crew Surgeon, he has supported numerous Space Shuttle and ISS long-duration missions. He served as Lead, Medical Operations Group, and is currently the Flight Surgeon Lead for Commercial Crew.
   Dr. Dervay serves as Co-Chair of the Multilateral Medical Operations Panel (MMOP), representing the international partners of the ISS, and Chairs the MMOP EVA (extravehicular activity) Working Group. He has conducted research and published on Hypobaric Bubble Nucleation & Decompression Sickness and presented at several AsMA meetings.
   An AsMA Fellow, and member since 1985, Dr. Dervay has served on Council and various committees within the organization. “My goals for SMA are to increase membership, advance SMA’s knowledge of ongoing commercial space initiatives, and promote our relationship with AsMA Council.  I seek to increase the number of available scholarships/stipends we offer to encourage students/residents to attend Annual Meetings. I also seek to use WEBEX/Podcasts to enhance educational opportunities for members across the international spectrum of meetings and seminars.”