Executive Committee

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. Find our profiles below to see what we do and connect with us!

Danielle Carroll, MD, FAWM

Role: Past President

General Surgery Resident, TRISH-funded Space Health researcher, USAF Veteran, and Instructor Pilot

Dani earned her B.A. in Bioethics and Italian at the University of Virginia; after college, she flew high-performance jet aircraft as a Captain on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, later transitioning into the Reserve to attend med school back at UVa. Dani has been involved in extensive Trauma/Burn Response and Disaster Relief work in East Africa and Latin America; after 3 years of residency at UCSD, she paused surgical training to serve as NASA/TRISH Space Health Innovation Fellow. Now Principal Investigator on her own TRISH grant, she is also finishing dual master’s degrees in Bioastronautics and Engineering Management at CU Boulder. Her true love is flying: Dani has logged >1,100 flight hours in everything from T-38s to aerobatic taildraggers to seaplanes to WWII warbirds such as the T-6A and P-51, maintaining currency by teaching. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, sailing, SCUBA diving, cooking, and running with her rescue pup, Rosie.

Email: danielle.carroll@gmail.com

More: LinkedIn, The Cosmos Show, Orbitl Biodesign, LCC


Dr Tovy Haber Kamine

Role: Past President

Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care Surgeon

Baystate Medical Center

Tovy Haber Kamine is a Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care surgeon at Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. He is board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care. He is a civilian pilot and will fly anything he can get his hands on, from Cessnas to Helicopters to Seaplanes to a P-51. He also volunteers in the Civil Air Patrol where he is a Captain, Transport Mission Pilot, and Squadron Medical Officer. In his limited remaining free time he greatly enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Email: tovy.kamine@gmail.com

More: GoogleScholar


Prof. Dr. Bergita Ganse, MD, PhD

Role: Secretary

Full Professor, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Physiologist

Saarland University, Germany

Bergita Ganse is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon as well as a physiologist and professor for Innovative Implant Development (Fracture Healing) at Saarland University in Germany. Her research focuses on space medicine and the musculoskeletal system in spaceflight, as well as on fracture healing and orthopaedic implant development. She is a co-investigator of the ISS experiment ‘Muscle Stimulation’ and the PI of an ESA research project in Antarctica. Bergita has been involved in large international studies in the field of space medicine since 2008, working with the DLR, ESA and NASA. She has published the Springer book “The Spacefarer’s Handbook – Science and Life Beyond Earth“.

E-mail: bergita.ganse@uks.eu

More: www.bergitaganse.de, Google Scholar, Researchgate, ORCID, Pubmed


Prof. George Pantalos

Role: Treasurer

Professor of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Professor of Bioengineering

University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

George has been a Professor at the University of Louisville since July 2000, after holding similar appointments at the University of Utah for 17 years.  He focuses on cardiovascular function and heart failure with mechanical devices including artificial hearts, ventricular assist devices, and cardiopulmonary support systems. George has flown 58 research missions on the NASA parabolic flight aircraft and twice had an instrumented artificial heart beating on a circulation simulator on the Space Shuttle Discovery.  Other projects included delivery of effective chest compressions for CPR in 0-G and the development of surgical capabilities for exploration space missions.

E-mail: gmpant02@louisville.edu

More: CV, Researchgate, Pubmed, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute


Dr Rowena Christiansen

Role: Parliamentarian

Physician and space health lecturer

The University of Melbourne Medical School

Rowena is dual-qualified in medicine and law, with post-graduate studies in emergency and critical care, aerospace medicine, disaster management, child health, and space studies. She also holds qualifications in business, humanities, and education. Rowena is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. Her practice focuses on pre-hospital emergency care and medicine in extreme and austere environments. Rowena teaches human physiology in the Melbourne Medical School, and has developed and coordinated a new MD1 ‘Discovery Subject’ “Human health in the space environment”. She also lectures on ‘humans in space’ for Swinburne University. Rowena is a member of the Australian Space Agency Space Medicine and Life Sciences Technical Advisory Group. Out of her work as an aerospace medicine advocate and educator, she founded the ad astra vita space health and extreme medicine project, and is a creative founder of the International Humans in Space Summit. Rowena is the Research Director, Health Law for the Jus Ad Astra human rights in space project.

More: Researchgate, Ad Astra Vita Project, Linkedin


Nico Whitlock

Role: Webmaster

NASA Ames SLSTP Research Associate

Nico Whitlock earned his B.S. in biology at the University of Minnesota where he focused on pre-medical coursework. His interest in medicine began as a scribe working in the emergency department and has since progressed into a wilderness-EMT certification, clinical research at Hennepin County Medical Center, and experience working at a cardiovascular surgery clinic. Nico is a current Research Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center, where his role is to perform a literature review of microbial growth potential on CO2 removal systems designed for long-duration spaceflight.

E-mail: 300nico@gmail.com

More: Linkedin


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