Dan Buckland PhD





Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006-Current

Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Expected Degree: M.D. – May 2014

Member of HMS Liaison Committee of Medical Education Research and Academic Environment Subcommittee


Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006-2011 GPA 5.0/5.0

Degree: PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Focus: Bioastronautics

Research: Ultrasound Imaging of Cervical Spine in Extreme Environments – Orthopedics Biomechanics Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Advisors: Research – Dr. Brian Snyder, M.D. Ph.D

   Academic – Prof. Dava Newman Ph.D.

Awards and Support: NSBRI Bioastronautics Fellowship (2007), Children's Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Foundation Fellowship (2008), Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Outstanding Student Award (2010), Space Medicine Association Jeffery R. David Award (2011)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2004-2006 GPA 4.7/5.0

Degree: MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Thesis: A Training Methodology for Spatial Orientation in Spacecraft

Research: Visual Orientation, Navigation and Spatial Memory Countermeasures for Spaceflight – Man Vehicle Laboratory

Advisors: Research – Dr. Charles M. Oman, Ph.D

   Academic – Prof. Laurence R. Young, Sc.D.


Georgia Institute of Technology       2000-2004   GPA 3.56/4.0

Degree: BS in Aerospace Engineering with Highest Honors

Honors:  National Merit Scholar, Faculty Honors (4.0 GPA) - 2001, 2003


Research Positions:

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Visiting Medical Student - University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland - June 2012 – May 2013

1 year Research and Clinical fellowship applying engineering approaches to problems encountered in the clinical care of shoulder, knee, and hip injuries.

Research Study Coordinator - Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Department – Spring 2007

Planned clinical research study on efficacy of novel antibiotic use on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) caused cellulitis in emergency department patients.

Research Engineer – National Aeronautics and Space Agency/Wyle Laboratories – Summer 2007

Quantified injury caused by current American spacesuit and applied results to recommendations for design of next generation suit for exploration of Moon and Mars.


Other Awards and Honors

                Whitaker Foundation International Scholarship – Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2012

                NIH National Research Service Awards Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD (F30)–2011-13


Teaching/Mentoring Experience: Teaching Assistant – Harvard Medical School – Molecular Medicine (Fall 2008), Human Anatomy (Fall 2009,10 Winner of Excellence in Tutoring Award). Have mentored three undergraduate research students (2 MIT, 1 UMass – 2010)

Other Positions:

Associate Editor – Medgadget– Writer for Online Journal of Emerging Medical Technologies – 2010-Present

President/Co-Founder – A.D.E. Aerospace Consulting, L.L.C. – Space Medicine Consulting


Affiliations: Associate Member of the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor Medical College, Aerospace Medicine Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Radiology Society of North America, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Honor Society)


Previous Related Activities

Magen David Adom – Emergency Medical Technician for Israeli National Ambulance Service. Administered emergency medical care to high diversity of patients who used several different languages and had to quickly adapt. – Summer 2003

MIT-EMS – Emergency Medical Service for the MIT community responding to 911 calls and community events. 2004 – 2006

Publications (published/accepted/submitted)


1.     C Rosso, P Vavken, C Polzer, DM Buckland, U Studler, L Weisskopf, M Lottenbach, AM Müller, V Valderrabano. “Comparison of Muscle Volume and Achilles Tendon Length 7.5 years after Achilles Tendon Ruptures Following Three Treatment Options.” (Submitted to KSSTA)

2.     C Rosso, C Polzer, DM Buckland, L Weisskopf, P Sadoghi, R Schuh, P Vavken, V Valderrabano. “Comparison of Remaining Weakness 7.5 Years Following Three Different Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatments: Clinical and Biomechanical Outcomes” (Submitted to CJSM)

3.     Buckland, D.M, Perez-Rossello, JM, Samir, AE, and Snyder BD  “Ultrasound Can Measure Static and Dynamic Intervertebral Disc Motion: Establishing Feasibility using Ovine Cervical Spine Model” (Submitted to Radiology)

4.     Buckland, D. M. and D. B. Jones (2012). "Should SAGES advance minimally invasive surgery in space?" Surg Endosc 26(2): 293-295.

5.     Aoki, H., C. M. Oman, D. A. Buckland and A. Natapoff (2008). "Desktop-VR system for preflight 3D navigation training." Acta Astronautica 63(7-10): 841-847.

6.     J. A. Jones , R. B. Hoffman, D.A. Buckland, C. M. Harvey, C. K. Bowen, C. E. Hudy, S. Strauss, J. Novak, and M. L. Gernhardt (2008). "Extended ventilation tube as a countermeasure for EVA-associated upper extremity medical issues." Acta Astronautica 63(7-10): 763-768.

7.     D. Buckland, R. Moffitt, J. O'Neal, K. Griendling, M. Dorman, H. Jo, and W.R. Taylor, Hemodynamics and Free Radical Production in High Gravity Shifts in the Human Cardiovascular System, RGSFOP Final Report 2004. (NASA Internal document)


Invited Lectures:

1.     New England Baptist Medical Center – Grand Rounds “Space Medicine: Problems and Principles” June 2012

2.     Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 16.89: Space Biomedical Engineering – “Bone Physiology and Biomechanics in Spaceflight” February 2011


Poster Presentations

1.     E Antonsen, D. Buckland, D. Pallin, S. Sheehan, and A. Liteplo (2012) “Ultrasound Characterization of Cervical Spine Anatomy.” Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 83(3), p.215, (Poster)

2.     K. Shiuan, D. Buckland, and BD Snyder (2012) “Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging of the Cervical Spine In An Extreme Environment.” Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 83(3), p.240, (Poster)

3.     E Antonsen, D. Buckland, and D. Pallin (2011). “Comparison of Ultrasound Spinal Measurements with CT and MRI Imaging.”  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 82(3), p.293, (Poster)

4.     D. Buckland, and BD Snyder (2011) “Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging of the Cervical Spine in an Extreme Environment.” Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 82(3), p.233, (Poster)

5.     D Buckland, J. Perez-Rossello, JD Lin, J Moriarty and B.D. Snyder (2010). “Dynamic and Static Ultrasound Imaging of the Intervertebral Disc.”  Orthopedic Research Society 2011 Annual Meeting, (Poster)

6.     D Buckland, J. Perez-Rossello, and B.D. Snyder (2010). “Ultrasound Imaging of the Cervical Spine Intervertebral Disc.”  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 81(3), p.236, (Poster)

7.     Oman, C.M., Benveniste, D., Buckland, D.A., Aoki, H., Liu, A., Natapoff, A., Kozhevnikov, M., Spacecraft module visual verticals and individual spatial abilities determine 3D spatial task performance, Aviation, Space, Environment Medicine, 77(3), p.543, 2006

8.     Buckland, D., Benveniste, D., Aoki, H., Liu, A.M., Oman, C.M., Cognitive conflict in learning three dimensional space station structure, SpaceVision Conference, Cambridge, MA, 2004


Podium Presentations

1.     D Buckland and B.D. Snyder (2011). “Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging of the Cervical Spine in an Extreme Environment.”  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 82(3), p.233, (Presentation)

2.     D Buckland, J Kaderka,, and LR Young (2011), “Artificial Gravity – Future and Current Concepts.” 100 Year Starship Symposium – September 2011 (Presentation)

3.     D Buckland, J. Perez-Rossello, A.E. Samir, and B.D. Snyder (2010). “Ultrasound Imaging of the Cervical Spine Intervertebral Disc.”  Radiology Society of North America 2010 Meeting, (Presentation)

4.     H. Aoki, C.M. Oman, D.A. Buckland, and A. Natapoff, Development of a Desktop Virtual Reality Based Preflight Training System for Three-Dimensional Navigation, Aviation, Space, Environment Medicine, 78(3), p.240, March 2007 (presentation)

5.     D.A. Buckland, C.M. Oman, H. Aoki, and A. Natapoff, Alternative Training Methodologies for Spatial Orientation in Spacecraft, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 78(3), p.240, March 2007 (presentation)

6.     Charles M. Oman, David Benveniste, Daniel A. Buckland, Hirofumi Aoki, Andrew M. Liu, Alan Natapoff, and Maria Kozhevnikov, “Incongruent Spacecraft Module Visual Verticals Affect Spatial Task Performance”, 7th Symposium on the Role of the Vestibular Organs in Space Exploration, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, 8 June, 2006

7.     Hirofumi Aoki, Charles M. Oman, Alan Natapoff, Dan Buckland, Andrew Liu, The effect of configuration, frame of reference, and spatial ability on spatial orientation during virtual 3-dimensional navigation training, 7th Symposium on the Role of the Vestibular Organs in Space Exploration, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, 8 June, 2006



Panel Chair and Co-Chair:

1.     Surgery in Space – Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons - March 8, 2012 – San Diego, CA

2.     Biology and Space Medicine – 100 Year Starship Symposium – September, 30 2011 – Orlando, FL