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has served on the advisory board to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.

Mitchell A. Garber, MD, MPH, MSME is the Medical Officer for the National Transportation Safety Board. He advises the Safety Board on all biomedical aspects of transportation issues and investigations, and has participated in over 1000 accident investigations in all transportation modes. He obtained his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. An Air Force veteran, Dr. Garber completed his aerospace medicine residency at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He is Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine, a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, a designated aviation medical examiner, and a private pilot.

Friday, March 5, 2010 (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
Keynote Speaker: Fatigue and Transportation Safety

The Honorable Deborah A. P. Hersman was sworn in as the 12th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on July 28, 2009, following her nomination to the post by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. Her two-year term as Chairman runs until July 2011. She is also serving a second 5-year term as a Board Member, which expires on December 31, 2013.

Chairman Hersman has been a Member of the NTSB since June 21, 2004. Since then, she has chaired a number of public events hosted by the Board. In October 2008 she chaired a two-day public hearing on an accident in Victoria, Texas involving a motorcoach that did not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In September 2006, she chaired a two-day public forum on motorcycle safety. In July 2006, she chaired a two-day public hearing investigating a fire on board UPS Airlines flight 1307. She also chaired a three- day public hearing in June 2005 on a crash involving a regional jet in Jefferson City, Missouri.

During her tenure at the Board, she has been the Member on the scene of 17 major transportation accidents:

  • August 2009 – mid air collision involving
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