Dr. Michael R. Barratt is board certified in internal and aerospace medicine. He holds a private pilot's license.
Dr. Barratt began his career at NASA as an aerospace project physician and in 1993 became part of the first team of Americans invited to witness the recovery of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
In January 1994 he was assigned to the Shuttle-Mir Program at Star City and helped to resolve different approaches to medicine by NASA and Russian doctors. He helped develop a Mir Supplemental Medical Kit to augment Russian equipment on Mir and developed a program of training for its use, taught to both NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts.
From July 1995 through July 1998, Dr. Barratt served as medical operations lead for the International Space Station (ISS). A frequent traveler to Russia, he worked with counterparts at Star City and other ISS partner centers, developing medical procedures, training and equipment for ISS. Barratt served as lead crew surgeon for ISS Expedition 1 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.
Selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000, Dr. Barratt reported for training in August 2000 and launched to the International Space Station in March 2009 aboard Soyuz TMA - 14, where he was was on board for 200 days.
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