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Dr. David Millett – Denison

President, Airlines Medical Directors Assoc.

Road to Greatness


A Fellow of Aerospace Medical Association, Ohio Iota (Denison) Phi Dr. David Millett joined the AsMa in 1971 and has been a member of AMDA since 1979. He has been the Membership Committee Chair of AMDA for the past 10 years. A native of New York City, he received his undergraduate degree from Denison University. He graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1968. After medical school, he spent 2 years as an assistant resident in surgery at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He graduated from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in April 1971. He received his M.P.H. from Florida International University in 1987.

Dr. Millett served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1970-1978, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps. He served as Chief of Aviation Medicine at Shaw AFB from 1975-78, thereafter remaining in the reserves until 1990. From 1973-1975 he served as the Assistant Air Attaché and Post Medical Officer at the American Embassy in Moscow. He was designated a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner in 1978 and in the same year became Director of Flight Medicine for Eastern Air Lines, serving in that position until 1987. After several years of private practice, he was chosen to be the FAA Regional Flight Surgeon for the Southern Region in 1990, a position he held for 16 years. He is currently Executive Vice-President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association. His teaching positions included Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle University (1980-1987), Adjunct lecturer at Florida International University (1988-1990), and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University.

Dr. Millett is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Fellow of the Civil Aviation Medical Association, and an academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. He has served on many AsMA committees and was Chair of the Air Transport Medicine Committee for 5 years and Chair of Arrangements twice. He has been the Chair of the program and arrangements committees three times for the AMDA.

Dr. Millet’s previous awards include the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the FAA Flight Surgeon of the Year, the FAA Regional Employee of the Year, the FAA Spirit Award, several FAA Superior Accomplishment Awards, the CAMA President’s Award and the Harris Award, an Honorary Membership in Birds of a Feather, the AMDA’s George Kidera Award, and AsMA’s Tamisiea Award. He has presented and authored numerous scientific papers on aviation medicine. However, he is probably best remembered for his 1983 AsMA presentation on the “Mystery of the Red Sweat.”

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