Kris Belland

Dr. Kris Belland is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and board certified in Family and Aerospace Medicine with Master’s in Business Administration, Public Health, and Strategic Studies. He is a Fellow of Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA), American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (AOCOPM),  Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) and is a past President of AsMA (2015-16). He is currently the President / CEO of Aerospace Medicine Strategic Consultation, PLLC. More recently, he served as the FAA SouthWest Regional Deputy Flight Surgeon and the AsMA COVID-19 pandemic response SME representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). Prior experience included being an Aeromedical consultant to Pilot and Flight Attendant Unions (APA and APFA) and being the Corporate Medical Director / Chief Medical Officer for the world's largest commercial airlines - American Airlines (AA). Captain Belland, USN (Retired) completed a full 30+ year career in the US Navy where he was qualified as both a flight surgeon and Naval Aviator (Pilot), where he accrued over 2,000 flight hours, 112 arrested landings, and 25 combat missions in aircraft like the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 TomCat, EA-6B Growler, S-3 Viking, H-60 SeaHawk as well as four years as the Senior Flight-Surgeon-Pilot at Naval Strike and Air Warfare / Navy Fighter Weapons School (TopGun). During his final tour in the US Navy as the Pacific Fleet Surgeon, a four-star command covering half the world's surface area and over 60% of the US Navy operational assets, he medically led the US Navy’s comprehensive review of F/A-18 Hornet and T-45 Goshawk Physiologic Episodes (PE's) that temporarily shut down all USN and USMC aviation flight training. During his military career, he was recognized with the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, US Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year, Sonny Carter Memorial Award, US Air Force Historical Foundation’s Award in research and writing, AsMA's Lyster award, Society of US Naval Flight Surgeons Graybiel Award, and AsMA's Collins Award for outstanding publication in the field of human factors.