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Space, the Final Frontier of Remote Health

Alumni to Alumni Speaker Series

The Stanford Medicine Alumni Association is proud to offer our virtual Alumni to Alumni Speaker Series! This series features accomplished School of Medicine alumni sharing their knowledge and experience in a variety of healthcare, research, start-up and private sector settings, highlighting the diversity, innovation, dedication and impact of the Stanford Medicine community.

What does it take to plan for human travel in space? Join us as alumnus Dr. Anil Menon discusses aerospace medicine and the research connected to this September’s SpaceX Inspiration4 mission with the first all-civilian spacecraft crew in orbit around the Earth. Learn about the physiological impact of space and radiation on the human body and what is in store for us as we travel to space, Mars and beyond.

SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. In May 2020, SpaceX returned America’s ability to fly NASA astronauts to space on American vehicles for the first time since 2011. In addition to carrying astronauts to space for NASA, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft can also carry civilians to Earth orbit, the ISS or beyond. This fall, SpaceX will launch Inspiration4 – the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. During their multi-day journey, the Inspiration4 crew will conduct in-flight experiments and contribute to biomedical research. This novel commercial space research effort, led by SpaceX and in conjunction with TRISH and other partners, will help pave the way for more frequent scientific research in space. SpaceX is also leveraging its experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink – a global space-based broadband internet system. Unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations around the world where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable, with the potential to transform telehealth and medicine for Earth and space alike.

Alumni Guest Speaker

Anil Menon, MS '04, MD, '06

LtCol. (Dr.) Anil Menon is an actively practicing emergency physician and Medical Director at SpaceX where has worked in a range of remote medical environments and operational environments. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine and completed a 1-year fellowship in wilderness medicine under Dr. Paul Auerbach. Previously he worked at NASA as a flight surgeon. He has worked at the Gagarin Training Center near Moscow, Guatemala, Sahara desert, Mount Everest, Nepal and Haiti. At SpaceX, he has been working to develop the medical system to enable us to travel to Mars.  He is a flight surgeon in the 45th Space Wing and member of the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). Menon received his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at Harvard, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and his MD degree from Stanford’s School of Medicine.