The John J. Cahill Memorial Lecture in Aerospace Medicine

This prestigious lecture is given each year in honor of John J. Cahill DO, FAOCOPM, a founding member of the College and the division of Aerospace Medicine.

Dr. Cahill was born on June 6, 1920, in Roxbury, MA and died on February 12, 1995, in Keller, TX.

While serving in the Navy during the Korean War, Dr. Cahill became interested in aviation. After completing his Navy tour, Dr. Cahill attended the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation, he completed his residency in Nebraska and then moved to Arizona.

In October 1958, Dr. Cahill obtained his Arizona Osteopathic Physician License. Next, he went into private practice. During the summer of 1969, the FAA beckoned and Dr. Cahill moved to Kansas City to begin his career in Aerospace Medicine. From Kansas City, he moved to Boston where in 1971 he was named the first New England Regional Flight Surgeon.

Dr. Cahill served as President of the College in 1985 and was designated a Fellow that same year. Dr. Cahill contributed greatly to the College, to Osteopathic Medicine and to the field of Aerospace Medicine.

Established in 1991, The John J. Cahill Memorial Lecture in Aerospace Medicine is presented by an individual, member or nonmember, who has demonstrated a desire to see the field of Aerospace Medicine excel for the public good.

Past Lecturers include:

1992

Hyperbaric Medicine in the Military - Jeff Stone, DO, MPH, CWS

1994

Harry Marden, DO, MPH

1995

Darvin K. Suter, DO, MPH

1996

Data-based Aeromedical Decision Making - William B. Ferrara, MD, MPH

1997

Prevention of Aviation Accidents - Col. Robert R. McMeekin, MD, JD, USMC

1998

Role of Aerospace Medicine in the Army Safety Program - Col. Edwin A. Murdock, MD, MPH

1999

Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet Within a Decade - Robert Zubrin, PhD

2000

Commercial Space Travel - Henry K. Boren, DO, MPH

2001

Occupational Medicine in the Flight Line - Daniel J. Callan, DO, MPH, FACOPM

2002

Civilian Aeromedical Certification Policiy - Warren S. Silberman, DO, MPH, FACOPM

2003

Weapons of Mass Destructions - Col. Elizabeth P. Clark, DO, MPH&TM, FACOPM, USAF

2004

Emergency Response in Alaska - Russell Bowman, DO

2005

Important Considerations in an Effective Aeromedical Consult - Warren S. Silberman, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM

2006

Aerospace Safety, Implications of High Capacity Airlines - Mechor J. Antunano, MD, MS

2007

National Disaster Medical System - David Canton, DO, MPH, JD, FAOCOPM

2008

Cosmic Radiation - Wallace Freidberg, PhD

2009

Global Patient Movement - Major Gen. Douglas Robb, DO, MPH, USAF

2010

FAA Review - Richard Carter DO, MPH

2011

Aviation History - John Barson DO, MPH

2012

Fatigue in Aviation - Bascom Bradshaw, DO, MPH

2013

Considerations for Improving Vascular Status in Diabetic Wounds - Michael Miller, DO, FACOS

2014

Mental Health in Aviation, Patricia C. Hunt, DO, MPH

2015

Aerospace Pulmonology, Kenneth Steier, DO, MPH, MPH, MHA, MGH

2016

Decompression Injuries in Aviators, Marc Robins, DO

2017

Aerospace Medical Technologies, Melchor Antuñano, MD, MS

2018

Have Flight Surgeons and Aerospace Medicine Improved Flying Safety? Michael Berry, MD, MS