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Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon

    Astronaut and Former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group
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$5,000 - $7,500

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Tennessee

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Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon, MD is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. 

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assitant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She worked with LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. 

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery. She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame in 2015.

AWARDS: 2005 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame; 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame; 2015 Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame

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  • Teamwork: Lessons Learned from Space and Aviation Applied to Modern Medicine
  • A Woman Astronaut’s Journey

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