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Keynote Speaker to Explore the Future of Space

Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD

Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD

Get up to speed on the future of AAO-HNS and space exploration at Sunday’s Opening Ceremony with AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and a special keynote speaker.

Just as the Academy is changing, so is the Opening Ceremony with the addition of a keynote speaker. Mae C. Jemison, MD, is an engineer, physician, and educator who flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47, for a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. The first woman of color in the world to go into space, she was NASA’s first science mission specialist, performing experiments in material science, life science, and human adaptation to weightlessness.


Mae C. Jemison, MD

Before joining NASA, Dr. Jemison earned her medical degree from Cornell University and completed her residency at the University of Southern California. She has practiced general medicine in Los Angeles and served as an Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Dr. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), an initiative whose initial funding came from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to assure that the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is the founder and president of two medical technology companies and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

Also during the Opening Ceremony, AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, will talk about the Academy’s member campaign and how with strong leadership, a solid strategic plan, and organized action, AAO-HNS is working for your success.

In addition to giving her Presidential Remarks, Dr. Chandrasekhar will present Presidential Citations to Hosakere K. Chandrasekhar, MD; Karen Jo Doyle Enright, MD, PhD; John W. House, MD, on behalf of the associates of the House Ear Institute and House Clinic; and Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD. Presidential Citations recognize individuals personally selected by the president who have left a personal imprint on the life and/or career of the president, and/or have made a lasting impression through their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Academy, Foundation, or greater house of medicine.

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