About Dr. Cuttino

Dr. Marsh Cuttino is an Emergency Medicine physician in Richmond, VA. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Medicine. He was an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked at NASA as a launch and landing support physician for the Space Shuttle. He is active in microgravity medical research and has flown multiple campaigns on the NASA Parabolic Flight Laboratory, the "Weightless Wonder"

Completion of the NASA Flight Opportunities Grant

Orbital Medicine successfully completed a second flight campaign under the auspices of the NASA Flight Opportunities Grant. This flight campaign was undertaken in conjunction with the Reduced Gravity Flight Education Program.

It was exciting to see the pioneering work done by students at some of the United States top universities.

Orbital Medicine wishes to thank both the Flight Opportunities Program, Zero-G Corporation and the Reduced Gravity Office for the assistance in completing the successful research campaign.

The experimental results are being used to create the next generation research designs.

Stanford Flight Week Starts Tomorrow

Orbital Medicine’s Dr. Marsh Cuttino leaves for sunny Houston, Texas for a flight week campaign supporting the Stanford Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Greg Kovacs and Dr. Richard Wiard will be testing their ballistocardiograph in microgravity aboard the NASA Reduced Gravity Office’s parabolic aircraft. The flight is supported by a grant through NASA’s flight opportunity program. We look forward to a great campaign!

Orbital Medicine to assist Stanford EE Department with October Parabolic Flight testing

Dr. Cuttino and the Orbital Medicine, Inc (Richmond, VA) team will be assisting Dr. Greg Kovacs and his team from the Stanford EE department in parabolic flight testing aboard the NASA RGO Parabolic Flight Research Aircraft the first week of October 2012. Dr Cuttino is serving as the medical team lead and consultant, as well as supervising the IRB process for the experiment. The experiment is to evaluate a ballistocardiograph in the microgravity environment and was awarded a NASA Flight Opportunities Grant.

This will be the second Parabolic Microgravity Flight Campaign for Orbital Medicine in 2012.

First microgravity flight day

Orbital Medicine had a successful field test of the prototype structure for a medical chest drainage device today. The flight test took place from Ellington Field, TX with the NASA Reduced Gravity Office. Flown on the Zero G 727-200 parabolic aircraft, the device was tested under lunar and zero gravity conditions.  The first tested configurations successfully separated the simulated blood from the air under both gravity conditions and would provide an effective treatment of a pneumothorax in an emergency.

Further flight testing on additional configurations will continue through the end of the week. Two flight are planned for Thursday, weather permitting.

Flight week update

The Orbital Medicine research project has passed the NASA flight readiness review and has been loaded on the Zero G corporation 727-200 in the flight configuration. Should the weather hold out with a visible horizon tomorrow the chest tube drainage system will have it’s maiden microgravity flight thanks to NASA Flight Opportunities and the NASA Reduced Gravity Office.

Dr. Cuttino will be joined by Dr. Shawn Borich, and Dr. Greg Kovacs on the flight tomorrow. Ground support will be by Richard Wiard.