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In Memoriam: John Hastings

April 30, 2021

In Memoriam: John Hastings

AsMA Staff were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John D. Hastings, M.D., a Fellow and Past President of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

He was internationally recognized as the undisputed leader in aviation neurology and his significant contributions to aerospace medicine were sustained over a more than 30-year period. He was an icon within the international aerospace medicine community, serving as a senior neurology consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon starting in 1992, and wrote over 3,000 opinions regarding pilot aeromedical dispositions. In addition to this, many pilots sought his consultations privately.
   Dr. Hastings earned his M.D. degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, in 1965. He served an internship at Los Angeles County General Hospital in California from 1965-1966, and then a residency in Neurology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, MN, from 1966-1969. Later in his career, he attended MPH Core Courses for Aerospace Medicine Certification at the Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Milwaukee, WI, from 1996-1997.
   From 1969 until 1971, he served in the U.S. Army at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Danang, South Vietnam. After completing his military service, Dr. Hastings went into private practice first at Diagnostic Neurology Ltd., in Park Ridge, IL, and later with Neurology PLLC, Tulsa, OK, and then Neurologic Medicine PLLC in Tulsa. He was the Medical Director of Synaptic Resources, LLC, in Tulsa, and owner of Aerospace Neurology, LLC.  He also performed professional supervision for intra-operative neurophysiological monitoring for Neurologic Services of Oklahoma, LLC, in Tulsa, Hill Country Monitoring in Austin, TX, Neurology Services of Florida in Jacksonville, as well as for Southwest Neurodiagnostic Services, LLC, and Hill Country Monitoring, LLC, in Mississippi.
   Dr. Hasting’s awards included the Bronze Star from the U.S. Army, Airman of the Year from the Flying Physicians Association, the Forrest Bird and Harris Awards from the Civil Aviation Medical Association, the President’s Award from the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the John A. Tamisiea, Theodore Lyster, and Louis H. Bauer Founders Awards from the Aerospace Medical Association. He was a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring, the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Airline Medical Directors Association, and was a Past President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association.
   A memorial page is available at https://www.stjohnsfamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Hastings-Md/.