Chair: Dr Joseph Hudson
Dr. Hudson currently works as a Coordinating Doctor for International SOS, and serves as a USAF Reserve flight surgeon at Beale Air Force Base, California. Joe received a BS in Exercise Science, a BS in Zoology-Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctor of Medicine all from the University of Oklahoma. After completing post-graduate training, he spent most of the following 10 years as an active duty USAF flight surgeon, serving in multiple positions including Flight Commander, Medical Director, and Chief of Aerospace Medicine. After leaving the active duty USAF in 2019, he completed a Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine from King’s College London in 2020, and earned the Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in the UK. He subsequently completed a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has been involved in numerous research projects throughout his career, and is currently a reviewer on the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker. He has multiple publications, including one from his work with NASA. He is a certified FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and has been a remote reviewer on the AsMA Scientific Program Committee for the past 4 years.
Deputy Chair: Dr Matthew Cooper
Matthew M. Cooper, MD MBA FACS FCAMA
Dr. Cooper serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Solutions Division & Director, Global Safety for the Health Care Business Group. He has previously served as Medical Information Director at 3M’s Health Information Systems. He is a Diplomat of the American Boards of Thoracic Surgery and Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and of the Civil Aviation Medical Association (FCAMA), and an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (BA, Mathematics & Biology), New York University School of Medicine (MD), and Watson Graduate School of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University (MBA). In addition to Residencies and Chief Residencies in General Surgery (New York University Medical Center, The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics) and Thoracic Surgery (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center), he also completed a Medical Staff Fellowship in the Surgery Branch of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, UK. He has also studied Health Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Comprehensive Medical Simulation, both at Harvard University.
Dr. Cooper’s research has included pioneering methods of immunosuppression for primate cardiac xenograft transplantation. In addition to his 3M responsibilities, he serves in multiple capacities at the University of Minnesota as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, various roles with the Design for Medical Device and innovation programs,andthe Pediatric Device Breakthrough Collaborative. He also serves on the Board of the Fetal Therapy Foundation & Think Tank.
Dr. Cooper is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, expert in Aviation Physiology, and a Special Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon. He is a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and aerobatic and formation air show performer, and has flown a variety of single and multi-engine, general and military aircraft. He has been a leader in the application of aviation-based safety culture to health care.
Deputy Chair: Dr Susan Fondy
COL Susan Fondy, MC, USA, is president of the newly reorganized Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons, which merged with the Army Aviation Medical Association this year and became the U.S. Army’s constituent organization in AsMA.
She has just recently been promoted to become the Chief Surgeon of the U.S. Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, VA. She is also a Member-at-Large on the Council of AsMA, the chair of the Education and Training Committee, and a member of several other committees within AsMA.
COL Fondy received her Bachelor of Science in 1989 from the State University of New York, Binghamton. She earned her M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994. She then did her Pediatric residency in 1997 at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. She received her Master of Public Health in 2011 from UTMB, Galveston, TX. She did her Aerospace Medicine Residency at the Naval Aeromedical Institute, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola, FL.
COL Fondy served three tours in Afghanistan, including Brigade Surgeon, 10th Sustainment BDE, 10th MTN DIV (LI), Fort Drum, NY, and Bagram, Afghanistan, 2004–2007; Battalion Flight Surgeon, 1-101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, KY, and FOB Salerno Afghanistan, 2007–2009; and Brigade Surgeon, Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize, Bagram, Afghanistan, 2013–2014. She also served one tour in Iraq as Chief of Primary Care, 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade, Tikrit, Iraq, 2009–2010. She was Chief, Flight Physical Review and Disposition, U.S. Army Aeromedical Activity, Fort Rucker, AL, 2014–2015, and Command Surgeon, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, NC, 2015–2017.
An Associate Fellow of AsMA, COL Fondy is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America, the Association of Aerospace Medicine Specialists, and the Space Medicine Association. Her honors and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year for 2014 and the Army Aviation Association of America Medicine Award (Flight Surgeon of the Year, 2008), two Air Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Deputy Chair: Dr Joseph Hudson
Title/Name: Dr. Joseph C. Hudson
Country of Residence: UK
Professional Qualifications: MD, MSc, DAvMed
Number of years as an Associate Fellow: 4
Other current and past activities/offices held in AsMA or the AFG: Scientific Program Committee – Remote Reviewer
Current Occupation: Full-time MPH Student – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, USAF Reserve Flight Surgeon
Other Professional and Society Memberships:
* Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
* Wilderness Medical Society (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine)
* Space Medicine Association
Boy Scouts of America
• Merit Badge Counselor, Central Georgia Council, 2012
• Member-at-Large, Black Hills Area Council, 2015
• Troop Committee Member, Troop 102, Las Vegas 2017 – 2019
Blue RS, Hudson JC, Rieder MF, James JT, Stepaniak PC. Medical management of a potentially toxic accidental trialkylamine ingestion during spaceﬂight. Aviat Space Environ Med 2013; 84:1100 – 4.
A personal statement explaining why you are interested in this position:
I have been a USAF Flight Surgeon for about the past ten years, and just finished the post-graduate program in Aerospace Medicine at King’s College London. I have served as a remote reviewer on the Scientific Program Committee for the past two years, and am looking to increase my involvement in AsMA, to continue connecting with colleagues, and to recognize members of our Associate Fellows Group who have made an outstanding contribution to the scientific literature and the practice of aerospace medicine.