Chair: Dr Danny Pizzino
DANNY R. PIZZINO, Maj, USAF
Country of Residence: USA
MD, MPH (Aerospace Medicine),
Internal Medicine (Current PGY-3 Resident – Keesler AFB)
Nephrology (starting Fellowship July 2020 – San Antonio)
Years as an Associate Fellow: 3 years
Offices held in AFG: Treasurer; Nominations Chair
Danny Pizzino, who is originally from West Virginia, commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Corps officer in 2004. Following medical school at Marshall University, he became a flight surgeon in 2009, serving in USAF Rescue. He completed Residency in Aerospace Medicine in 2015, and then served as Chief of Aeromedical Services (SGP) for Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas. He deployed three times (twice to Afghanistan 2010 and 2011, and once to the Arabian Peninsula).
Currently, Dr. Pizzino is completing a residency in Internal Medicine, and is scheduled to start fellowship training in Nephrology in July 2020.
Maj. Pizzino has been a physician for 12 years, and is Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine through the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Most importantly, he has been married 18 years to an awesome wife – Nicole.
Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) 2011-Current
– Associate Fellow 2017-Current
– Treasurer AsMA Associate Fellows Group 2018-Current
– Nominations Committee Chair Associate Fellows Group 2019-Current
Society of USAF Flight Surgeons (SOUSAFFS)-Member 2012-Current
American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists (ASAMS)- Member 2013-Current
American College of Physicians-Resident Member 2017-Current
Rating: Senior Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: 760; Combat Flying Hours: 630, 27 Civilian Hours
Aircraft flown: C-130, C-17, T-1, KC-135, KC-10, HH-60, C-5, T-38
Deputy Chair: Dr Joseph Butterfield
Dr. Joseph S. Butterfield joined the AsMA Associate Fellows Group last year. He is a US citizen who took his MD degree from the American University of Antigua in 2015. He didn’t match into a residency after medical school and subsequently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He taught undergraduates while studying for his MS degree in Aerospace Engineering, which he took in 2017. Instead of working as an engineer he persisted in pursuing a career in patient care. He worked part-time throughout graduate school as an EMT and accumulated over 1500 hours of field experience. In order to continue to learn about science he completed another MS degree in Integrative Physiology in 2018 and passed USMLE Step 03. But after still not matching into residency, he subsequently enrolled in the St. Anthony Hospital Paramedic Academy in Colorado where he is currently a student.
He was parliamentarian of AMSRO (the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization) for three years & became familiar with administrative and parliamentary procedures. In his spare time, Joe enjoys climbing mountains in Colorado.