Treating Fighter Jet Pilots and Guiding the Next Generation of Physicians: Dr. Ryan Gray

Flight Surgeon
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Grace Lee

Name: Ryan Gray, MD

Location: Boulder, CO

Specialty: Flight Surgeon and Founder of MedicalSchoolHQ

So, where do the Air Force’s elite bomber crews, fighter jet pilots and even drone navigators go when they need to see a doctor? They go see a guy like today’s guest, Dr. Ryan Gray. Ryan is an Aerospace Medicine physician, also known as a flight surgeon. As a flight surgeon, Ryan treated some Air-force’s most elite fliers. He was also responsible for evaluating their flight readiness, sometimes having to ground pilots and crew members who were not medically cleared to fly. As you can imagine, not everyone was eager to find themselves in Ryan’s clinic, fearing a medical disqualification that could literally ground their careers. We’re going to learn how Ryan navigated this challenging dynamic, and the tactics he used to build trust with his patients. We’re also going to learn how a young airman’s question sparked a new mission for Ryan, the mission he now pursues as an educator and physician entrepreneur.

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