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Ernsting Award - David McLoughlin

June 23, 2017

Ernsting Award - David McLoughlin

Established and sponsored by Environmental Tectonics Corporation in memory of Professor Ernsting. It is given for outstanding research in altitude physiology, and/or longstanding exceptional performance in the education, development, and administration of Aerospace Medicine and related specialties.

   Air Commodore David McLoughlin, RAF, OBE, M.B.B.Ch., is the 2017 recipient of the John Ernsting Award. He received the award for his outstanding and enduring contributions to Aerospace Medicine in the United Kingdom. His experience in the UK Royal Air Force has given him insight into the contributions aerospace medicine can make to the successful and efficient delivery of air power, enabling aviators to fully benefit from the value that aerospace medicine can bring to military aviation. He reduced risk to the life of the aviator through his tireless promotion of aerospace medicine to senior aviation risk holders. His innovative leadership as President of the RAF Medical Board overcame bureaucratic and organizational obstacles in the establishment of an aircrew rapid access clinic, an achievement publicly recognized with the Health Service Journal Efficiency Award. In the photo below, Air Commodore McLoughlin (center) accepts the award from Bob Laurent (right), representing Environmental Tectonics Corp., and David Gradwell (left), AsMA President.
   Air Commodore McLoughlin joined the Royal Air Force in 1988 as a medical cadet. After qualifying in medicine from Queens University, Belfast, in 1990, he trained as a General Practitioner at RAF Gatow, HQ AFCENT, RAF Marham, and Hinchingbrooke NHS Hospital Trust. This was followed by postings to RAF Ascension Island, to RAF Aldergrove, and to RAF Henlow as an aviation medicine instructor. Between 2001 and 2005 he completed higher professional training in occupational medicine at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine and at University Hospital Birmingham. He was made Officer Commanding Aviation Medicine Training Wing and promoted to Wing Commander in 2004. He completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course with distinction in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 he was SO1 Medical Operations at HQ Air Command. He was appointed as President of the RAF Medical Board and promoted to Group Captain in 2010. From 2012 to 2015 he was DACOS AvMed, the tri-service lead for aviation medicine. He took up the post of Inspector General upon promotion to Air Commodore at the end of March 2017.
   Air Commodore McLoughlin is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He won the Stewart Memorial prize in 1999 and the Royal Society of Medicine United Services section research prize in 2000. His operational experience includes Northern Ireland (a home tour), the Falkland Islands, OP Telic, and OP Herrick (three tours). He was awarded the Order of St. John in 2005 and the Order of the British Empire in 2014. He has been the RAF Taylor Professor of Occupational Medicine and the Director of Assessment for the National Faculty of Occupational Medicine.