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F. Andrew (Drew) Gaffney (M.D.) Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA: Born June 9,1946, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Blair Gaffney, reside in Carlsbad. Married to the former Sheila Baebel of Houston, Texas. They have two daughters. Drew enjoys flying and is a certified flight instructor. His hobbies include bicycling, traveling, photography, scuba diving, and home remodeling.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Carlsbad, New Mexico High School in 1964; received a bachelor of arts degree, University of California, Berkeley, 1968; a Doctor of Medicine degree, University of New Mexico, 1972. Fellowship in Cardiology, University of Texas, 1975.

ORGANIZATIONS: American Heart Association, Council on Circulation; American College of Cardiology (Fellow); Aerospace Medical Association; Dallas County Medical Society/Texas Medical Association; American Federation for Clinical Research; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Society of Echocardiography; Society of Air Force Flight Surgeons.

PUBLICATIONS: He has over 50 publications in the areas of cardiovascular regulation and space physiology.

SPECIAL HONORS: Distinguished Graduate, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Primary Course, 1986. American Heart Association; International Scientist, 1983; Award for Outstanding Teaching and Clinical Service, Division of Cardiology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1981; National Institutes of Health, Individual Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1977; American Association of Medical Colleges Public Health Fellowship Award, 1970.

EXPERIENCE: Medical internship and residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1972-75. Fellowship in Cardiology at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas, 1975-77; a Faculty Associate at same institution, 1977-78; a visiting scientist at August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1978-79; Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1979-1984; Director of Echocardiography, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas, 1979-87; Associate Professor of Medicine, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1984 to present.

A Colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, Dr. Gaffney served as a Flight Surgeon for the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group at Ellington Air National Guard Base, Houston, Texas.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Dr. Gaffney served as a Visiting Senior Scientist with the Life Sciences Division at NASA Headquarters from January 1987 through June 1989. He worked with the Operational Medicine group and was Associate Manager of Biomedical Research as well as Program Scientist for the D-2 Spacelab mission and the Research Animal Holding Facility. He was a member of several working groups and implementation teams planning collaborative research with German, French and Soviet government scientists. He also served on a number of Space Station Freedom and advanced mission planning groups including the "Humans to Mars" study group.

Dr. Gaffneyfs 15 years of experience in cardiac research and operation of equipment such as echocardiographs and rebreathing devices led to his being selected as a payload specialist on SLS-1. He flew in June 1991 aboard STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS 1), the first Spacelab mission dedicated to biomedical studies. Dr. Gaffney was a co-investigator on an experiment that studied human cardiovascular adaption to space flight. The SLS-1 mission flew over 3.2 million miles in 146 orbits and its crew completed over 18 experiments during a 9 day period bringing back more medical data than any previous NASA flight. Mission duration was 218 hours, 14 minutes and 20 seconds.
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