Federal Air Surgeon
Office of Aerospace Medicine
Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Fraser was named the FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon in March 2014.
Dr. Fraser previously served as the FAA’s Manager, Medical Specialties Division. As a Senior Executive physician, he provided expert advice and technical knowledge to the Federal Air Surgeon, Deputy Federal Air Surgeon and to other physicians and professionals in FAA regional aerospace medicine divisions, at the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, and the Department of Transportation. He directed aerospace medicine rule making, managed the medical appeals process, provided Department of Transportation medical review officer services, administered the FAA’s employee drug and alcohol testing programs, and was responsible for the evaluation and management of complex medical and psychiatric cases and issues. He was responsible for developing policies and standards with respect to the Air Traffic Controller Health Program. He oversaw aerospace medicine research projects, and represented the Federal Air Surgeon both internally and externally with governmental and non-governmental organizations on a variety of national and international aerospace medicine activities and projects.
Prior to joining the FAA, Dr. Fraser enjoyed a thirty year Naval career and retired in September 2003 with the rank of Captain. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in Aerospace Medicine. At the time of his retirement from the Navy, Dr. Fraser was serving as the Command Surgeon, Naval Safety Center. As the Command Surgeon, he addressed issues on all matters pertaining to the health, safety and medical readiness of the Navy, Marine Corps and the civilian workforce that supported them. He was responsible for the training and oversight of all Naval Flight Surgeons and was appointed as Board staff to the Columbia (Space Shuttle) Accident Investigation Board.
Prior to serving as the Command Surgeon, Dr. Fraser served as the Force Medical Officer, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, where he was responsible for medical oversight and quality assurance for the medical departments and hospitals onboard seven aircraft carriers, 18 Naval Air Station branch medical clinics, and the supervision of all Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet physicians.
Dr. Fraser had previously served as the Senior Medical Officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). He supervised medical staff of 62 personnel serving in the Medical Department and was responsible for the 67-bed hospital onboard. When deployed, he served as Battle Group Surgeon for Commander Carrier Battle Group Eight and was responsible for the health and well being of approximately 6,000 personnel onboard the aircraft carrier and, approximately 12,000 personnel attached to the Carrier Battle Group.
Dr. Fraser holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine, all from the University of Oklahoma. He is certified in the specialties of Preventive Medicine (Aerospace Medicine) and Family Practice. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice. He is an emeritus member of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons where he served as President 2002 - 2003.