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Louis H. Bauer Founders Award

June 28, 2019

Louis H. Bauer Founders Award

This award was established to honor Louis H. Bauer, M.D., founder of the Aerospace Medical Association. It is given annually for the most significant contribution in aerospace medicine. It is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.

Michael Berry (center), accepts the Bauer award from AsMA President Roland Vermeiren (right) and Dr. Steven Altchuler (left), representing Mayo Clinic.
   Michael A. Berry, M.D., M.S., is the 2019 recipient of the Louis H. Bauer Founders Award for his achievements in and lifelong dedication to aerospace medicine. roughout his over 45-year Aerospace Medicine career, Dr. Berry has contributed significantly to international aerospace medicine in numerous ways and in a variety of settings. His contributions began in 1973 while in the U.S. Air Force, continued while a NASA flight surgeon, as an independent Aerospace Medicine Consultant, and in the FAA where, as Federal Air Surgeon, he now provides executive leadership for the strategic management of all of the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine nationwide programs.
   Dr. Berry received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1971. Aer a general surgery internship in the United States Air Force, he spent 4 years as a fighter squadron flight surgeon in Spain and England. As the Commander of the 401st Air Transportable Hospital in 1975, during deployment to Sardinia, he coordinated hospital functions with the local Italian medical authorities, contributing to the superior achievements of the hospital during NATO Operation Flaming Lance.
   In 1976, Dr. Berry entered his residency in Aerospace Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and received his master’s degree in Preventive Medicine in 1977. In 1978, he was certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine. Following his residency, he became the Chief of the Flight Medicine Clinic at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where he was responsible for the screening and selection of new astronauts and participated in the certification and training of astronauts for spaceflight. In addition to participating in the extensive medical preparations for the first flight of the Space Shuttle, he served as a member of the Flight Control Team for the first two flights of the Shuttle Columbia.
   On leaving NASA in 1981, Dr. Berry entered the private practice of Aerospace Medicine with Preventive & Aerospace Medicine Consultants, in Houston, TX, where he was a consultant and FAA Aviation Medical Examiner for 25 years. During this time, he also served as an FAA Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) trained AME monitoring many airline and corporate pilots during their recovery from substance use disorders. In 2006, Dr. Berry accepted a Senior Executive position with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C. as the Manager, Medical Specialties Division at FAA Headquarters where he was responsible for aerospace medicine policy and procedures. In March 2014, Dr. Berry was selected as the FAA Deputy Federal Air Surgeon and became the Federal Air Surgeon in 2017. He has been a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA since 1979 and was an Aviation Medical Examiner for Transport Canada from 1999-2008.
   Dr. Berry attended his first International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine in Munich, Germany, in 1973. He was elected an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine in 1978 and has been extremely active in the leadership as a Selector, Director, Web Master, Academy President in 2010 and 2011, and most recently Emeritus Member in 2016. He has attended and participated in many International Congresses, and presented numerous papers at these international meetings, reporting on unique medical cases, medical decisions contrasting U.S. medical standards and ICAO standards, and U.S. FAA special issuance medical certification statistics.
   Dr. Berry was a member of the ICAO Medical Problems Working Group, most recently addressing the subject of emphasizing preventive medicine principles as part of all medical certification evaluations. As manager of the FAA Human Intervention and Motivation Study, a program addressing substance abuse/dependence in pilots, Dr. Berry also actively participated in educational outreach efforts to the Australian CASA in 2009 and 2015, presenting the unique regulatory aspects of this program. He was the U.S. representative at the European Panel on Pilots and ATCOs with Insulin Treated Diabetes in 2014, presenting the U.S. FAA medical standards and position on the important subject of insulin treatment for diabetes in commercial airline pilots.
   A Fellow and Past President of AsMA, he is also a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is a past Vice-President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association. He served as a Board Member and Trustee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and as the Vice-Chair for Aerospace Medicine from 1990-1998.
   Dr. Berry is the recipient of numerous national awards, including AsMA’s Won Chuel Kay, John A. Tamiseia, and Kent K. Gillingham Awards; the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award; the USAF National Defense Service and Outstanding Unit Medals; and numerous NASA service and group achievement awards, including a First Shuttle Flight Achievement Award presented in appreciation of the contributions to the success of the First Manned Orbital Flight of the Space Shuttle. He has several academic appointments, has authored many scientific papers and book chapters, and delivered the 4th Annual Reinartz Lecture at AsMA’s 88th Annual Scientific Meeting in 2017.