March 23, 2017
Scholarship Winners Announced
The recipients of the Anita Mantri Memorial Scholarship, the Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., International Scholarship, and the Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship have been announced. Their biographies are below.
Anita Mantri Memorial Travel Scholarship
Rahul Suresh is this year's winner of the Anita Mantri Memorial Travel Scholarship. He is currently a combined internal medicine and aerospace medicine resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Rahul received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2008, following which he served as an Indicorps Fellow in rural India for a year. He subsequently received his M.D.-M.S. degree through the Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, MN, in 2014. He has a wide range of clinical and operational aerospace medicine research interests that include evaluating occupational cardiovascular screening and surveillance techniques in pilots and divers, understanding the cardiovascular effects of G-exposures on spaceflight participants, and identifying methods to mitigate acute radiation syndrome risk during exploration missions. He aspires to serve as an operational flight physician and to pursue clinical and operational research advancing aviation and space medicine.
Dr. Suresh is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and has presented at the annual scientific meeting several times. He is also a member of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization and the Space Medicine Association. His awards and honors include being the member of the first-place team at the RAM Bowl in 2014, twice named Internal Medicine Intern of the Month by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), chosen Internal Medicine Quality Form 1st Place Oral Presentation Winner (UTMB), winner of AsMA’s Stanley R. Mohler, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship in 2016 and of the Space Medicine Association’s Wyle Scholarship in the same year, and Outstanding PGY-2 Resident in Internal Medicine by UTMB.
Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., International Scholarship
Anthony Schiemer, B.Med., M.I.P.H., is this year’s winner of the Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., International Scholarship. From Sydney, Australia, Tony is currently employed as an Aviation Medical Officer with the Royal Australian Navy. He is a private pilot with a background in mechanical engineering, with interests in humanitarian aid and disaster relief, as well as climate change and the related human health effects. He is currently training as a registrar in General Practice, Aerospace Medicine, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. A highlight of his aerospace medicine training to date includes the 2016 UTMB Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine Summer Short Course in Houston, and he is due to commence the Diploma in Aviation Medicine at King’s College London later this year.
Tony recently joined the Space Life Sciences Committee of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, and is conducting a review on the training and skill sets required for medical practitioners working in extreme environments. He hopes this will contribute to the selection and development of skills for those interested in isolated posts such as Antarctica, military medicine deployments, and and spaceflight. He is a member of various groups, including the Aerospace Medical Association, the Aerospace Medicine Students and Residents Organization, the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society, the Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine, the Australian Medical Association, and Engineers Without Borders. His awards include the Australian Defence Medal, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Silver), the National Priority Scholarship, the John Flynn Scholarship, and the Sydney Medical Program and Mater of International Publish Health Scholarship.
Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship
James H. Pavela, M.D., is this year’s winner of the Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship. He is currently completing his residency in internal medicine and aerospace medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He was born in Maryland and grew up in Virginia, where he became interested in medicine after becoming a volunteer EMT for his hometown rescue squad. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2008 and afterwards spent 2 years overseas as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching health education in a rural village in Moldova. Upon returning, he attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, and graduated in 2014. As a medical student, he rotated and worked with a research team investigating the cognitive effects of HZE in an animal model and later attended the NASA Johnson Space Center aerospace medicine clerkship, where he focused on the ultrasonographic measurement of fluid shifts. In addition to his residency training, he is currently helping research efforts in the fields of commercial passenger safety, cardiovascular risk evaluation, and skin cancer.
Dr. Pavela is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. He was UTMB Intern of the Year from 2014-2015, belongs to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and was an Echols Scholar in the University of Virginia’s Honors Program. He has been an author on two published articles and on three abstracts, one of which was presented at the 85th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.