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Kathryn Hughes
MD, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

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Kathryn Hughes

Summary Qualifications

Over 25 years of experience in aviation and aerospace medicine with collaborative work across the Department of Defense (DOD), international military services, and as a consultant to government and industry. Experience in Human Systems Integration (HSI) human factors, aerospace physiology, life support equipment integration, and accident investigation—from both physician and pilot perspectives. Board Certified in Aerospace and Occupational Medicine; currently a practicing physician.

Key Specialties

  • Pilot-Physician

  • Aviation Medicine

  • Human Systems Integration (HSI)

  • Life Support Equipment

Key Positions

  • Occupational Medicine Physician, Excel Corporate Care

  • Senior Consultant, Martin Baker

  • Director, Human Systems Integration Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW)

  • Chief, Aerospace Medicine Branch, HQ Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)

  • Commander, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Chief of Aerospace Medicine

  • Director, Program Executive Officer (PEO), Acquisition, Air Armament Center

  • Senior Medical Officer/Pilot, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine

  • Staff Physician, UK Lakenheath AB


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Diploma in Aviation Medicine, Kings College London, Royal College of Physicians

  • MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health

  • BS, Biology (Minor in Arabic), US Air Force Academy (USAFA)

  • Certificate in Human Systems Integration (HSI), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

  • Air War College

  • Air Command and Staff College

  • Squadron Officer’s School (Distinguished Graduate)