Meet Dr. Roden
NASA Flight Surgeon turned Civilian Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
Dr. Roden is a world-renowned physician best known for his work as a NASA flight surgeon. He helped support and train many astronauts for both short and long duration missions to the NASA International Space Station.
As a flight surgeon, Dr. Roden has also lived in Star City, Russia on the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, a previously undisclosed military cosmonaut training facility, supporting astronauts for their long duration space mission training. He was lead flight surgeon for the NASA International Space Station from 2003–2008. During that time, he also actively supported his crews by scuba diving in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. He was deputy flight surgeon to the Aircraft Operation Directorate (AOD), flying training flights with astronauts and aviators in T-38 Talon jets. Dr. Roden also was flight surgeon supporting the NASA Reduced Gravity Research Program. In all, he supported 25 short and long duration missions before retiring from the space program.
Dr. Roden has practiced in several challenging locations supporting interesting populations. Early in his career, he worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Northern Territory Rural Health Department. There, he lived in the bush taking care of stockmen and aboriginals in the outback near Yuendumu, Northern Territory of Australia. He was also the physician for the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for the austral season 2012–2013. He took care of 150 or more researchers living in the most remote place on the planet, with altitudes averaging over 10,000 feet and temperatures ranging from -117 F to 9.5 F. During the austral summer, he medically supported the annual Race Around the World held on Christmas Eve and South Pole Marathon on New Year’s Day.
Dr. Roden is an ambitious physician who cares about his patients. His unique approach to health and wellness can be summated in one word: balance. His signature Heath Formula is a simple and practical guide to make sure you are living your life well. The formula works by taking into account the following factors in your life: lifestyle, stress, support, spirit, diet, exercise, sex, sleep and medications/supplements and making a “picture” that reflects where you (and your family) are today and where you would possibly like to be tomorrow.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a Master of Science in Genetics and The University of Texas Medical Branch with a Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Roden has received many honors throughout his distinguished career for his determination and competency, including the NASA Superior Achievement Award and NASA Space Flight Achievement Awards for Expeditions 7 and 10. He is published physician who holds numerous certificates with the FAA, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. An energetic world traveler who is always moving forward, Dr. Roden helps people live their lives extraordinarily.