Irene D. Long

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Dr. Irene D. Long at work

Irene Duhart Long (born November 16, 1951) is an American physician and was an official at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She was the first female Chief Medical Officer at the Kennedy Space Center.

Long was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Andrew and Heloweise Davis Duhart. She graduated from East High School in Cleveland, and in 1973, she received her bachelor's degree in biology from Northwestern University. In 1977, Long received her medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine followed by residencies at the Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she received her Masters of Science degree in aerospace medicine.[1]

In 1982 Long went to work for NASA as a physician.[2] In 1994, she was appointed director of the Biomedical Operations and Research Office at the Kennedy Space Center.[3] In 2000, she was appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director of Spaceport Services at the Kennedy Space Center. She retired at the age of 63 and David Tipton assumed the duties as Chief Medical Officer in 2013.[4] She worked for NASA for 31 years.


  • 1986 - Kennedy Space Center Federal Woman of the Year Award
  • 1995 - Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Presidential Award
  • 1998 - Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2001 - Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 2005 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Women of Color Technology Awards Conference[5]
  • 2010 - Strughold Award, Space Medicine Association[6]


  1. ^ Staff (1997). "Physician of Color Highlight" (PDF). The Supplemental Instructor. 1 (March 1997): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 26, 2003. 
  2. ^ Staff (September 1984). "Dr. Irene Long: a pioneer in aerospace medicine". Ebony. 39 (9): 61–63. 
  3. ^ Staff (August 1, 1994). "Irene Duhart Long, M.D. Named Director, Biomedical Operations and Research Office at the Kennedy Space Center". NASA News Release Online. NASA. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Siceloff, Steven (March 8, 2013). "ISS may provide clues in Alzheimer's fight" (PDF). Spaceport News. 53 (6). p. 10. 
  5. ^ Staff (Spring 2006). "Class Notes" (PDF). Universitas. St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis University. 32 (2): 26. OCLC 37135294. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 20, 2006. 
  6. ^ Staff (August 2010). "Space Medicine Association News: Other SMA Awards". ASMA News. Aerospace Medical Association. Archived from the original on May 20, 2012.