Dr. Josef Schmid is a Flight Surgeon at NASA and a Major General in the United States Air Force Reserves. His patients are the current and past Astronauts and their family members, and include an X-15 pilot, Shuttle, Space Station and Apollo Astronauts who have walked on the Moon.
He became an aquanaut during a 12 day mission to NOAA’s undersea Aquarius habitat during NASA’s NEEMO 12.
Dr. Schmid has been a crew surgeon for shuttle missions STS-116, STS-120, STS-126 and for multiple long duration missions supporting the International Space Station including Soyuz launches and landing operations in Kazakhstan for expeditions 18, 24, 29, 39, 48, 56, and 63.
He serves as the Lead for Medical Operations for the new Orion vehicle and Artemis Missions that will return humans to the Moon.
Dr. Schmid is the previous lead for Space Medicine Training, responsible for training medical students, other flight surgeons, astronaut crew medical officers and biomedical engineers, former Co-director for the Aerospace Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He has led missions teaching life saving surgical skills in Nepal, Rwanda, Mexico, Romania, Bosnia and Sri Lanka.
He is a qualified flight crewmember for NASA’s supersonic T-38 jet trainer, Shuttle Training Aircraft, Microgravity flights and ISS Direct return G3 and G5 missions.
He plays fretless bass guitar in the Astronaut Band “MaxQ” and in NASA Engineer Rock Bands.