Aerospace Medical Association

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Aerospace Medical Association
TypeProfessional Association
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia
2,000 as of 2017
Official language
Valerie Martindale, PhD, CAsP, FAsMA (2017-18) alejandra
Executive Director
Jeffrey Sventek, MS, CAsP, FAsMA, FRAeS
PublicationAerospace Medicine and Human Performance (since 2015) Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (1975-2015)
WebsiteOfficial website

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] 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."[3] Hubertus Strughold, the "Father of Space Medicine", co-founded of the Space Medicine Branch of the AsMA in 1950.[4]


The AsMA has more than 2,000 members, approximately 30% of the membership is international from over 70 countries.[3]


The AsMA produces many publications including:

  • Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance - A peer reviewed monthly publication that was first published in 2015 and is indexed in PubMed. (ISSN 2375-6314)
  • Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine - A peer reviewed monthly publication that was published from 1975 to 2015 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[5]

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  1. ^ Huerta, M., Headquarters, F.A.A., & Huerta, D. A. (2012). Aerospace Medical Association.
  2. ^ Mohler, S. R. (February 2001). "Louis H. Bauer, M.D., and the first civil U.S. aeromedical standards: his continuing legacy". Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 72 (1): 62–9. PMID 11194996.
  3. ^ a b Aerospace Medical Association. "About the AsMA". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  4. ^ Lagnado, Lucette. "A Scientist's Nazi-Era Past Haunts Prestigious Space Prize". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  5. ^ "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.

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