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NASA Creates New Office to Foster Health and Safety

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Monday, May 1, 2000

Peggy Wilhide
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1898)

RELEASE: 00-69

Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today announced the creation of a new office to increase the Agency's emphasis on health and safety on the ground and in space.

Dr. Arnauld Nicogossian will lead the effort as Chief Health and Medical Officer, reporting directly to the NASA Administrator. Dr. Nicogossian will be responsible for developing the Agency's infrastructure in areas such as best medical practices, professional development and training, and improvement.

"Dr. Nicogossian's wealth of experience as the flight surgeon for the Apollo-Soyuz program; a researcher at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX; and as the Associate Administrator for Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications makes him the perfect choice," said Goldin. "He will be responsible for developing policy and oversight of the Agency's health program."

The Administrator has made health and safety NASA's number one priority, expanding the Agency's efforts to create a healthy and diverse workforce focusing on cutting edge research, a permanent human presence in space, and developing new technologies to extend human reach into the far corners of the solar system.

"On the ground and in space, rapid advances in medical knowledge and tools need to be adapted and incorporated into our planning and practices," said Goldin. "We want to ensure a safe, healthy, and productive working environment to benefit all our workforce."

Dr. Nicogossian will establish the NASA Health Council to address the Agency's needs and investments in health, including strengthening external interfaces with other health agencies. Similar infrastructure will be established as appropriate at NASA field centers.

Dr. Nicogossian will continue to serve in the capacity of Associate Administrator for Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications pending the selection of his replacement. NASA will begin an immediate search to fill the position.

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