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Rufus M. DeHart, M.D.

Member PhotoRufus M. DeHart, M.D.
TitleM.D., Brigadier General U.S.A.F. Medical Service (Retired)
ExpertiseAerospace medicine; Served as a Fighter Pilot Physician, Hospital Commander, Command Surgeon and Director of Professional Services for the Air Force Medical Service
Current OrganizationUnited States Air Force
Type of OrganizationMilitary
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeM.D., Medical College of Virginia, 1965; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1967; Residency in Aerospace Medicine, 1967-69; Board Certified by American Board of Preventive Medicine, 1972
BornFeb. 15, 1935, Christiansburg, Virginia
Honors & AwardsSelected member, Honorary Public Health Soc. for Academic Achievement., Univ. of Cal. School of Public Health; First USAF Pilot Physician to be qualified as an instructor pilot; Distinguished Graduate, USAF Senior Air War College; Top Air Force Award in Aerospace Med.; George E. Schafer Award, Soc. of USAF Flight Surgeons; Selected to lead the first Tri-service (Air Force, Army & Navy) military exchange visit to the Soviet Union
AffiliationsAmer. College of Preventive Medicine, Fellow 1972; Aerospace Medical Assoc., Fellow 1980; Chairman Aviation Safety Comm. 1981-83; Exec. Council 1978-82; Pres., Soc. of USAF Flight Surgeons 1982-83; 20 other professional associations
Hobbies & SportsGolf, fishing, hunting, reading, travel, family
Career Accomplishments40 papers presented/published
Work History1956-60 USAF All-Weather Interceptor Pilot; 1960-61 Virginia Ang Tactical Fighter Pilot; 1969-70 Director, Base Medical Services and F-4E Fighter Pilot, Korat RTAFB, Thailand; 1970-73 Chief Flight Surgeon, T-38 Instructor Pilot, 9th SRW (SR-71), Beale AFB, CA; 1973-74 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL; 1974-77 Director, Base Medical Services and F-4E Fighter Pilot, George AFB, CA; 1977-78 Chief, Flight Medicine, Air Force Surgeon General's Office, Wash. DC; 1978-83 Chief, Aerospace Medical Consultant Div., Brooks AFB, TX; 1983-84 Command Surgeon, HQ Pacific Air Force, Hickam AFB, HI; 1984-87 Command Surgeon, HQ Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, VA; 1987-89 Director of Professional Affairs, Air Force Surgeon General Office, Bolling AFB, DC; 1989-90 Director of Public Health for City of Jacksonville and Duval County, FL; 1991-99 Chief of Ambulatory Services, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, San Antonio, TX
ChildrenRufus M. III, 42; Marc McCord, 40; Melanie Ann Fidler, 38
SpouseMary Margaret (McCord) DeHart (Deceased)
MarriedFeb. 27, 1960
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