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[Michael Barratt]

Biographical Data


Michael Reed Barratt (M.D.)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born on April 16, 1959 in Vancouver, Washington. Considers Camas, Washington, to be his home town. Married to the former Michelle Lynne Sasynuik. They have five children. His father and mother, Joseph and Donna Barratt, reside in Camas, Washington. Personal and recreational interests include family and church activities, writing, sailing, boat restoration and maintenance.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Camas High School, Camas, WA, 1977. B.S., Zoology, University of Washington, 1981. M.D., Northwestern University, 1985. Completed three year residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University 1988, completed Chief Residency year at Veterans Administration Lakeside Hospital in Chicago, 1989; Completed residency and Master’s program in Aerospace Medicine, Wright State University, 1991. Board certified in Internal and Aerospace Medicine.

ORGANIZATIONS: Aerospace Medical Association; American College of Physicians; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; American Institute for the Advancement of Science.

SPECIAL HONORS: W. Randolph Lovelace Award (1998), Society of NASA Flight Surgeons; Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation Nominee (1998); Melbourne W. Boynton Award (1995), American Astronautical Society; USAF Flight Surgeons Julian Ward Award (1992); Wright State University Outstanding Graduate Student, Aerospace Medicine (1991); Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL (1988); Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1981).  

EXPERIENCE: Dr. Barratt came to NASA JSC in May 1991 employed as aerospace project physician with KRUG Life Sciences. From May 91 to July 92, he served on the Health Maintenance Facility Project as manager of the Hyperbaric and Respiratory Subsystems for Space Station Freedom. In July 92 he was assigned as NASA Flight Surgeon working in Space Shuttle Medical Operations. In January 94 he was assigned to the joint US/Russian Shuttle – Mir Program. He spent over 12 months onsite working and training in the Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia in support of the Mir-18 / STS-71 mission.  

From July 95 through July 98, he served as Medical Operations Lead for the International Space Station (ISS). A frequent traveler to Russia, he worked with counterparts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and Institute of Biomedical Problems, as well as other International Partner centers. Dr. Barratt served as lead crew surgeon for first expedition crew to ISS from July 98 until selected as an astronaut candidate. He serves as Associate Editor for Space Medicine for the journal Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, and is senior editor of the textbook ‘Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight’.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000, Dr. Barratt reported for training in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch. Dr. Barratt is currently assigned to Expedition-19 and scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station in March 2009 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.

JUNE 2008