Gregory Giancarlo Shaskan, MD, MPH.
Dr. Shaskan passed away on September 2, 2010 while supporting the U.S. space program at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.
Dr. Shaskan served as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Family Medicine, and as a Flight Surgeon supporting the bioastronautics contract with the Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group of Houston. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and held a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Shaskan earned his MD from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI. He completed a residency in Family Medicine/International Health Track at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, IN, where he served as Chief Resident, and also spent a year as a fellow in Sports Medicine at the Resurrection Health Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Shaskan completed the Aerospace Medicine residency at UTMB and earned a Master of Public Health in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In 2009, he was awarded the William K. Douglas Scholarship from the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Residency, and was a member of the UTMB Team who won the 2009 and 2010 Residency in Aerospace Medicine (RAM) Bowl Championship during the Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting.
While at UTMB he served in many areas of medical service including work with the Houston and Chicago marathons and Wings Over Houston air show. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughter Franchesca, and his extended family. Services were held in Chicago and a tree dedication memorial was held in Houston by UTMB, Wyle and NASA friends and colleagues. Greg’s tree, planted in his honor, is in the Employee Grove across from the Astronaut Grove at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Friends and family gathered Friday, September 17 to say goodbye to a dear friend and colleague.
Contributions may be given in memory of Dr. Shaskan to the:
Gregory G. Shaskan Endowed Scholarship in Aerospace Medicine Education.
Contributions may be mailed to:
UTMB Office of Development
c/o Gregory G. Shaskan Endowed Scholarship in Aerospace Medicine Education
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0148.