June 15, 2023

NASA astronaut to speak at 8th World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education at Wayne State

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will host the 2023 World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education, set for Sept. 7-10 in Detroit. Participants are encouraged to register by June 30 to take advantage of early registration pricing. Abstract submissions should be submitted by July 31.

Thomas Marshburn, M.D.

The congress will bring together the medical profession and those concerned about the quality of today’s health care to share experiences, expertise and thoughts on how best to incorporate the power of ultrasound into education and clinical practice. The event will feature the latest in innovative research in ultrasound education, including the use artificial intelligence to teach and assess learner competencies. Medical students, mid-level practitioners, allied health professionals, residents and graduate students will have the opportunity to interact with national and international research experts, including NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn, M.D, who will speak at the meeting at 8:45 a.m. on Sept 8.

He will follow the day’s 8 a.m. keynote speaker, WSU School of Medicine alumnus and Professor of Surgery Scott Dulchavsky M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Dulchavsky is a principal investigator for NASA and for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston, Texas. He teaches ultrasound for use in medical emergencies and on medical care of exploration class spaceflight to the crews of the International Space Station.

Dr. Marshburn is a veteran of three spaceflights, STS-127, Expedition 34/35 and Expedition 66/67 as part of Crew-3. Before becoming an astronaut in 2004, he served as a flight surgeon assigned to Space Shuttle Medical Operations and to the joint U.S.-Russian Space Program and eventually became the Medical Operations lead for the International Space Station. He served as pilot of the NASA SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, which launched Nov. 10, 2021. Dr. Marshburn served as a flight engineer on Expedition 66 and commander of Expedition 67 during that mission. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts safely splashed down May 6, 2022, aboard the Dragon Endurance spacecraft, completing the agency’s third long-duration commercial crew mission to the International Space Station. The international crew of four spent 177 days in orbit.

He holds a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Until he was selected as an astronaut, Dr. Marshburn served as Medical Operations lead for the space station. Activities included development of the biomedical training program for flight surgeons and astronaut crew medical officers, and managing the station’s Health Maintenance System.

He completed his first spaceflight in July 2009, logging more than 376 hours in space, and 18 hours and 59 minutes in three spacewalks. He launched to the International Space Station as a flight engineer in December 2012. While onboard the station, he logged more than 146 days in space and 5 hours and 30 minutes of spacewalk time in an emergency spacewalk to replace a leaking ammonia pump.

Register for the conference here.

Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are also available.

Complete conference information is available here.

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