Aerospace Medical Association

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Aerospace Medical Association
File:Aerospace Medical Association logo.png
Formation 1929
Type Professional Association
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia
2,200 as of 2014
Official language
Kris M. Belland, DO, MBA, MPH, MSS, CPE, FAsMA (2015-16)
Executive Director
Jeffrey Sventek, M.S., CAsP
Publication Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (until 2015), Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance (since 2015)

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is the largest professional organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine. The AsMA membership includes aerospace and hyperbaric medical specialists, scientists, flight nurses, physiologists, and researchers from all over the world.


The Aerospace Medical Association's mission is to raise awareness of health, safety, and performance of individuals working in aerospace-related field through application of scientific method.[1]


The AsMA was found under the guidance of Louis H. Bauer, M.D. in 1929.[2] Dr. Bauer was the first medical director of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce which became the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The original 29 "aeromedical examiners" started the organization for the "dissemination of information, as it will enhance the accuracy of their specialized art...thereby affording a greater guarantee for the safety of the public and the pilot, alike; and to cooperate... in furthering the progress of aeronautics in the United States."[2] Hubertus Strughold, the "Father of Space Medicine", co-founded of the Space Medicine Branch of the AsMA in 1950.


The AsMA has more than 2,200 members, approximately 25% of the membership is international from over 70 countries.[2]


The AsMA produces many publications including:

  • Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine - A peer reviewed monthly publication that was first published in 1975 and is indexed in PubMed. (ISSN: 0095-6562)
  • Aerospace medicine - The preceding journal to Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine was published from 1959 to 1974. (ISSN: 0001-9402)
  • The Journal of aviation medicine - The preceding journal to Aerospace medicine was published from 1930 to 1959. (ISSN: 0095-991X)
  • Medical Guidelines for Airline Passengers
  • Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel[3]
  • Useful Tips for Airline Travel
  • Education and Training Committee Aerospace Medicine PowerPoint slides

Other publications in aerospace medicine:

See also


  1. Huerta, M., Headquarters, F.A.A., & Huerta, D. A. (2012). Aerospace Medical Association.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Aerospace Medical Association. "About the AsMA". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Medical guidelines for air travel. Aerospace Medical Association, Air Transport Medicine Committee, Alexandria, Va". Aviat Space Environ Med. 67 (10 Suppl): B1–16. October 1996. PMID 9025825.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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