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Eileen Hawley, Johnson Space Center Dec. 4, 1995

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B. J. Almond, Baylor College of Medicine

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RELEASE: 95-071

Dr. H. David Short Named New Director of Space & Life Sciences at JSC

Dr. H. David Short III, assistant professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, has been named director of Space and Life Sciences at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Dr. Short's appointment is effective Monday, December 4, under an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment between NASA and Baylor. He replaces Dr. Donald E. Robbins who served as acting director since January, 1993. An IPA allows government and not-for-profit organizations to exchange personnel.

" I am pleased to welcome Dr. Short to this important position," NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin said. "He brings a wealth of scientific expertise and leadership capability that will be essential in planning and implementing the invaluable science that will be conducted on the Space Shuttle and the international Space Station."

The Space and Life Sciences Directorate at JSC manages programs in medical science, biological research, lunar and planetary research and support to astronaut flight crews.

Short teaches medical students and surgery residents at Baylor College of Medicine, treats patients and specializes in clinical research on organ transplantation.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., Short majored in chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta and then pursued his medical education at Baylor College of Medicine. After receiving an M.D. in 1973, he served a rotating internship and an infectious disease fellowship at Baylor. He completed his general and thoracic surgical training at Baylor before joining the College's full-time faculty in 1982.

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A clinical transplant surgeon, Short performed research that helped develop the current heart and lung transplant programs at Baylor and The Methodist Hospital. He also has done research on the heart assist pump developed by Baylor surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey in conjunction with NASA.

Short oversees clinical management of patients at The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital. He also supervises cardiac surgical cases at Ben Taub General Hospital. He is surgical director of the pediatric lung transplant program at Texas Children's and surgical director of the lung transplant program for the Multi-organ Transplant Center at The Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Short is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He also has certification of special qualifications in general vascular surgery.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Short has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation and is a member of numerous professional societies.

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