Aerospace Medical Association
The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is the largest professional organization in the fields of aviation
Aviation medicine
Aviation medicine, also called flight medicine or aerospace medicine, is a preventive or occupational medicine in which the patients/subjects are pilots, aircrews, or persons involved in spaceflight...

, space
Space medicine
Space medicine is the practice of medicine on astronauts in outer space whereas astronautical hygiene is the application of science and technology to the prevention or control of exposure to the hazards that may cause astronaut ill health. Both these sciences work together to ensure that...

, and environmental medicine
Environmental medicine
Environmental medicine is a multidisciplinary field involving medicine, environmental science, chemistry and others. It may be viewed as the medical branch of the broader field of environmental health. The scope of this field involves studying the interactions between environment and human health,...

. The AsMA membership includes aerospace and hyperbaric medicine specialists, scientists, flight nurse
Flight nurse
A Flight Nurse is traditionally a specialty where highly trained Registered Nurses provide comprehensive prehospital and emergency and critical care to all types of patients during aeromedical evacuation or rescue operations aboard helicopter and propeller aircraft or jet aircraft.Flight Nurses are...

s, physiologists, and researchers from all over the world.


The AsMA was founded under the guidance of Louis H. Bauer
Louis H. Bauer
Louis Hopewell Bauer M.D. was an American doctor who founded the Aerospace Medical Association in 1929. Dr. Bauer was the first medical director of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce which became the Federal Aviation Administration .- Career :He was Commandant of the School of...

, M.D. in 1929. Dr. Bauer was the first medical director of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce
United States Department of Commerce
The United States Department of Commerce is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. It was originally created as the United States Department of Commerce and Labor on February 14, 1903...

 which became the Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration is the national aviation authority of the United States. An agency of the United States Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S...

 (FAA). The original 29 "aeromedical examiners
Aviation Medical Examiner
In the United States and other countries, an Aviation Medical Examiner is a physician designated by the local aviation authority and given the authority to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates...

" started the organization for the "dissemination of information as will enhance the accuracy of their specialized art...thereby affording a greater guarantee of safety to the public and the pilot, alike; and to cooperate... in furthering the progress of aeronautics in the United States." Hubertus Strughold
Hubertus Strughold
Dr. Hubertus Strughold was a German doctor and prominent medical researcher during the early twentieth century. An emigre to the United States after World War II, he is also known as "The Father of Space Medicine". He was the author of over 180 papers in the field of space medicine...

, the "Father of Space Medicine", co-founded of the Space Medicine Branch of the AsMA in 1950.


The AsMA has more than 3,200 members, approximately 25% of the membership is international from over 70 countries.


The AsMA produces many publications including:

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