Space Expert to Describe Medicine “Off the Earth”

Jonathan B. Clark

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Jonathan B. Clark, MD, MPH, will deliver the Sunday state-of-the- art lecture on “Up in Space: Medicine Off the Earth.” Dr. Clark is an assistant professor of neurology and space medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Center for Space Medicine. He is also clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Clark’s avid interest in space medicine—especially the neurologic effects caused by extreme environments and crew survival in space—is apparent in his many professional endeavors. He serves as Space Medicine Advisor for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). He is board certified in neurology and aerospace medicine and is an Aerospace Medical Association Fellow. Dr. Clark is also medical director of the Red Bull Stratos Project, a manned stratospheric balloon freefall parachute flight test program, and chief medical officer for Excalibur Almaz, an orbital commercial space company.

From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Clark worked at NASA as a Space Shuttle Crew Surgeon. He was a member of the NASA Spacecraft Survival Integrated Investigation Team from 2004 to 2007 and a member of the NASA Constellation Program EVA Standing Review Board from 2007 to 2010. He served 26 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy and qualified as a Naval Flight Officer, Naval Flight Surgeon, Navy Diver, and Special Forces Military Freefall parachutist.


October-November 2011 (Vol. 3, Number 10 & 11)