Arnauld Nicogossian

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Distinguished Research Professor; Director, Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices

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Phone: 703-993-8217
Fax: 703-993-2284
Mason Square, Van Metre Hall
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22201
MS 3B1

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Arnauld Nicogossian is a Distinguished Research Professor and director of the Center for Study of International Medical Policies and Practices in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

His expertise is in program management, strategic planning and execution of research and technology development, health and medical policy analysis and evaluation, global public health, aerospace medicine, and internal medicine.

Nicogossian conducts research in biodefense and health policy, and teaches the concentration and certificate Global Challenges and Threats and Medical Policy graduate courses that he helped create for Mason. He is also the director of public policy for the International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR). He is a member of the National American Red Cross Advisory Committee.

He served as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) associate administrator for life and microgravity sciences, designate agency health and safety official, chief medical officer and senior advisor for health affairs. He managed and funded an extensive portfolio of research and development in the areas of space biology, medicine, physics, and chemistry. He was also responsible for the oversight of the NASA workforce occupational and astronaut’s health programs.

Nicogossian is a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Aerospace), holds a master's degree from Ohio State University, and is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Virginia. He served as president of three professional societies and holds a teaching faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, the American Astronautical Society, and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Nicogossian has received numerous awards and medals from the U.S. and foreign governments for contributions to education and humanitarian help using telemedicine. He is a foreign member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences and a distinguished lecturer at the Moscow State University in Russia. He has been the recipient two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Senior Executive Service, Presidential Rank, and the NASA Inventions and Contributions Awards.

Nicogossian has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature. Together with academician Gazenko, he edited the four volumes of the joint U.S.-Russian Space Biology and Medicine published in English and Russian by the AIAA (2005) and Nauka Press and is the contributor to several text books. Nicogossian is also the senior editor of the classic textbook on Space Physiology and Medicine.

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Areas of Research

  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Global Public Health and Preventative Medicine
  • Health Policy
  • Internal Medicine
  • Program/Project Management
  • Public Health Policy
  • Strategic Planning and Execution of Research and Development