Status: Inactive; Active 2004-2011. Born: 1965-09-22. Spaceflights: 1 . Total time in space: 10.80 days. Birth Place: Hampton, Virginia.
Educated MIT; Harvard.
Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:ROBERT L. SATCHER, JR. (PH.D., M.D.)
NASA ASTRONAUT (FORMER)
PERSONAL DATA: Born September 22, 1965, in Hampton, Virginia. Married to the former D'Juanna O. White, MPH, MD, of New York, New York. They have two children. He enjoys running, scuba diving and reading. His parents, Robert and Marian, reside in Lawerenceville, Virginia. Her parents, Edward and Geraldine, reside in New York, New York.
EDUCATION: Dr. Satcher graduated from Denmark-Olar High School, Denmark, South Carolina, in 1982. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986; a doctor of philosophy in chemical engineering from MIT in 1993 and a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994. Dr. Satcher completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2000; postdoctoral research fellowships at MIT in 1994 and University of California, Berkeley in 1998; and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Florida in 2001.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; Illinois Medical License; Texas Medical License; Medical Board of California: Physicians and Surgeon's Certificate; National Board of Medical Examiners; DEA Authorization; Medical Board of California: Physician Assistant Supervisor; California Fluoroscopy X-Ray Supervisor and Operator; ATLS and CPR Certifications; Professional Association of Divers International (SCUBA)
ORGANIZATIONS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, American Academy of Cancer Research, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, National Medical Association, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Doctors United in Medical Missions, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Orthopaedic Research Society, MIT Alumni Association, Black Alumni at MIT, Harvard Alumni Association
SPECIAL HONORS: Leadership Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, ABC Fellow of American Orthopaedic Association, UNCF/Merck Research Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, Bloomberg Leadership Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Dr. Satcher completed 12 research grants from 1991 to 2004. He has 15 peer-reviewed publications and more than 25 presentations at national and international research meetings.
NON-MEDICAL ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS: Dr. Satcher has been active in numerous community organizations including Big Brother for Youth at Risk Counseling Program, Department of Corrections, San Francisco, California; Tutor for Black Student's Union Tutorial Program, MIT; National Society of Black Engineers; American Institute of Chemical Engineering; Supervising Adult for Cub Scout Camp for Boys, Nashville, Tennessee; Open Airways Tutor (asthma awareness); Proctor for Freshman Dormitory at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Lay Episcopal Minister (primary responsibility is visiting sick and shut-in members of the church) at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois and at St. James Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.
EXPERIENCE: Assistant Professor at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Satcher also held an appointment as an Attending Physician in Orthopaedic Surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in Musculoskeletal Oncology and an Adjunct Appointment in The Biomedical Engineering Department at Northeastern University School of Engineering. Dr. Satcher was also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Advanced Medicine at Northwestern University. Prior to this, he completed clinical fellowships in Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Florida and as a Schweitzer Fellow at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambarene, Gabon. Dr. Satcher also completed numerous medical missions for outreach care to underserved areas in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Gabon. Prior experience in engineering includes internships at E.I. DuPont deNemours & Company, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, in the Textile Fibers Research Group, and the Polymer Products Division.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Dr. Satcher was selected by NASA in May 2004 to be an Astronaut Candidate. In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Dr. Satcher flew on STS-129 in November 2009 and has logged more than 259 hours in space, including 12 hours and 19 minutes in two EVAs. Dr. Satcher left NASA in September 2011 and currently is on staff as a Surgical Oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-129 (November 16 to November 29, 2009) was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station. During the mission, the crew delivered two Express Logistics Carriers (ELC racks) to the International Space Station and approximately 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating, and maintain proper orientation in space. During the mission, Dr. Satcher performed two spacewalks for a total of 12 hours and 19 minutes of EVA. The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth, bringing back NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the International Space Station.
Official NASA Biography - May 2004
Bobby Satcher, Mission Specialist
BORN: Hampton, Virginia
EDUCATION: BS, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1986; PhD, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1993; MD, Harvard University, 1994
CURRENT JOB: Assistant Professor, Department of Orthapedic Surgery, Northwestern University Medical Center
QUICK FACT: As a doctor, treats patients who suffer from cancer in their arms and legs.
QUOTE: "There are things in our lives today -- things that have transformed society -- that are simply the result of exploration."
"There's some scientist in me. There's some explorer in me," says Dr. Bobby Satcher. "There's a humanitarian in me also. Space is the one venue that has the highest potential for benefiting people if we continue to be serious about exploring it."
Satcher, 38, a medical doctor who also holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, is one of 11 Americans selected to begin astronaut training this summer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "I have always had an interest in service and an interest in science," says the future mission specialist. "I am interested in exploration, too. Becoming an astronaut lets me do all three."
Dr. Satcher comes to NASA from a research post at Northwestern University in Illinois. He's an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"The focus of my research has been studying how bone cells respond to stresses," he says.
He brings his experience to NASA at a key time, when it's working to fulfill the new Vision for Space Exploration. The vision calls for NASA to focus its research efforts on studying the effects of long-duration space flight. "One problem when it comes to living and working in space is bone loss. I'm interested in looking at ways of preventing that," he says.
In his medical practice, Dr. Satcher treats patients who suffer from cancer in their arms and legs. He teaches doctors-in-training and graduate students as well. "The questions we're interested in are how the skeleton responds to external forces and how cancer spreads to the skeleton.
"It's difficult to predict what the benefits of space travel and space-based research will be to those of us on the ground," he says. "There are things in our lives today -- things that have transformed society -- that are simply the result of exploration." Dr. Satcher grew up in Hampton, Va. and attended Denmark-Olar High School in Denmark, S.C. He earned a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and went on to earn his Ph.D. at MIT, as well. He went to medical school at Harvard University.
"When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time learning about space," he says, a hobby that followed him into adulthood. "I kept up an interest in NASA through college and also in my medical training."
Dr. Satcher is also enjoying his newest title: Dad. His wife just gave birth to his first child, a baby girl. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Satcher is "a low-level runner of races, mostly 10k and 12k races." He also has done some training toward becoming a private pilot, and he has done charitable medical work overseas.
"Things are out there to be discovered," he says. "Some of the things we dream about are now becoming more possible."
The group was selected to provide pilot and mission specialists for post-ISS spaceflights to the moon and beyond. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.
Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Due to a surplus of astronauts and a dearth of missions, NASA cancelled the planned 2002 astronaut selection. The next call for applications was made in May 2003, with a due date of 1 July. 'Educator astronauts' were especially requested, and 1100 applications were received in this category. The final selection was two pilots and nine mission specialists; nine men and two women. Given the drastic reduction if shuttle flights and ISS crew size planned for the post-Columbia disaster period, the chances for astronauts from this group flying in the next decade seemed slim indeed. Also training in this group were three NASDA astronauts from Japan.
The mission was to deliver and place spare components outside the ISS station. The 11-day flight included three spacewalks. The payload bay carried two large ExPRESS Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank.