[Patricia C. Hilliard] [NASA Logo]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Patricia C. Hilliard (M.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

Born March 12, 1963 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Her hometown is Homer City, Pennsylvania. Enjoys flying, and holds a Certificated Flight Instructor's license as well as a Commercial Pilot's License with multiengine and instrument ratings. She owns a Pitts Special S-1S aircraft that she flies recreationally as well as in aerobatic competitions. Other recreational interests include windsurfing, sailing, hiking, downhill skiing, writing and cooking. Her parents are Harold and Ilse Hilliard of Homer City, Pennsylvania.

Graduated from Homer Center High School, Homer City, Pennsylvania In 1980; received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and a medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1989. Completed a three year residency in Family Medicine in 1992 and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in the same year. Completed a two year fellowship in Space Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and NASA, Johnson Space Center in 1997, which included the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Brooks Air Force Base.

Aerospace Medicine Association, American Association of Family Practice, Experimental Aircraft Association, International Aerobatic Club, Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association.

NASA Performance Award, Young Investigator Award Finalist (Aerospace Medicine Association), American Flyers Flight Training Scholarship.

After completing her training in Family Medicine in 1992, Dr. Hilliard joined a group practice in Erie, Pennsylvania. She was on the staff of St. Vincent hospital for three years where she served as the clinical coordinator for medical student training, and also provided training and supervision for resident physicians. In 1995 Dr. Hilliard was one of two fellows selected to study aerospace medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, and at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. While enrolled as a Space Medicine Fellow, Dr. Hilliard completed a research project where she studied eccentric and concentric resistive exercise countermeasures for space flight. While studying at UTMB, Dr. Hilliard served on the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and worked part-time as a staff physician in the emergency room. In 1997, Hilliard joined the Flight Medicine Clinic at Johnson Space Center. She provided health care for astronauts and their families, and served as Chairman of the Bone, Muscle, and Exercise Integrated Product Team. Since 1995 Dr. Hilliard has also worked as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and Flight Instructor at a local airport.

Selected by NASA in June 1998, Dr. Hilliard reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Dr. Hilliard will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.


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