William S. Barry, M.D., M.P.H.
Manager, NASA Occupational Health Program
Safety, Health and Independent Assessment
William S. Barry, M.D., M.P.H., is the manager of NASA's Occupational Health Program (OHP) located as a Principal Center at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He has been with NASA since 1998.
The Agency OHP Principal Center is responsible for program management of occupational medicine and health activities, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), and industrial hygiene activities for all NASA Centers and facilities. Barry also serves as Medical Review Officer for NASA's drug testing program.
Barry graduated from New York University's School of Engineering and Science (1964) with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and from the School of Arts and Science (1964) with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biology/Physics/Math. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Albany Medical College (1969). He has a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Environmental and Industrial Health from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health (1974). He is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (1975) with a specialty in Aerospace Medicine.
Barry is a former Navy commander (inactive duty status) and flight surgeon, who served in Vietnam, and as senior medical officer on two aircraft carriers. He was the Navy flight surgeon attached to the Air Force at Clark Air Force Hospital, Philippines, during Operation Homecoming - caring for returning American prisoners of war.
Barry has been in private medical practice, has served as medical director for Occupational Medicine at several hospitals, and has also served on state and local health advisory boards. As director of Drug Experience at the Upjohn (now Pharmacia and Upjohn) pharmaceutical company, he was involved with worldwide safety surveillance of the company's pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biological products.
His research has included medical and physiological effects of acceleration (acceleration sled tests), prolonged effects of vibration (surface effect ship simulation), health effects associated with work with fine chemicals, hormonal and biological agents. Barry has also help test emergency combat helicopter rescue slings (and has the Sikorsky Helicopter Life Saving Award). He has served on several pharmaceutical product research teams, presented the safety data on ibuprofen to the FDA for over-the-counter product approval, and done research on the epidemiology of leukemia and lymphoma.
Barry's wife is Lorraine Schulte. They have three children: (Erika, a married daughter Eileen, and a married son David) and one grandson (Kyle).