Brian Pinkston is the Director of the Aerospace Medicine Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. In this role, he is responsible for airline pilot and commercial space participant medical evaluations. As a former military flight surgeon, he has served around the world supporting missions in extreme environments. Brian has a private pilot certificate, holds a US Coast Guard Captain’s license, is a PADI instructor, and has a Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Brian would rather be learning or teaching at the end of a rope than in front of a lectern and learns best by living through mistakes.