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Melchor J. Antunano, M.D., M.S.

Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
Office of Aerospace Medicine
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Melchor Antuñano was born in Mexico City and is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Medicine. He completed the Residency Program in Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He was awarded a post-doctoral research associateship by the U.S. National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences at the United States Air Force (USAF) School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Antuñano is currently the Director of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City. He provides executive direction and is responsible for the oversight of FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine's programs in Medical Certification, Medical Education, Medical Research, Human Factors Research, and Occupational Health Services. These include:

  • a program to fulfill the aeromedical certification needs of approximately 635,000 holders of U.S. pilot certificates,
  • a program for the selection, designation, training, and management of about 2,700 Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) appointed to conduct medical examinations and issue FAA medical certificates to U.S. pilot certificate holders across the U.S. and in 90 countries worldwide,
  • education programs in aviation physiology, global survival, and aviation human factors for FAA flight crews and civil aviation pilots,
  • aerospace medical publications and other didactic materials used to disseminate medical information to promote aerospace safety,
  • a highly specialized library system in support of a broad range of aerospace medical and aerospace safety research programs,
  • an integrated program of field and laboratory performance research in organizational and human factors aspects of aerospace work environments,
  • an applied research program to identify human tolerances, capabilities and failure modes (physiological, psychological, and performance) both in uneventful flights, and during civilian inflight incidents and accidents,
  • an occupational medicine program to improve the safety of FAA employees at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), and
  • a medical clinic that provides health services to employees and students at the MMAC.

Dr. Antuñano is credited with 846 professional presentations and invited lectures at national and international conferences in aerospace medicine in 41 countries, and with 63 scientific publications covering a variety of aerospace medicine topics.

Dr. Antuñano is the President of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, Fellow and Past-President of the U.S. Aerospace Medical Association, Past-President of the Space Medicine Society, Past-President of the Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and Fellow of the Aerospace Human Factors Association.

Dr. Antuñano is an Honorary Member of the Austrian, Brazilian, Colombian, Greek, Mexican, Peruvian, Slovanian and Turkish Societies of Aviation/Aerospace Medicine. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Adjunct Professor at the National University of Colombia School of Medicine and former Assistant Professor at Wright State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Antuñano has received 85 awards and recognitions for his academic, administrative, and research achievements.

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