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Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon
Chemical Engineer
Astronaut

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Unsalted Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1965
Birth Location:
Hampton, Virginia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon
Chemical Engineer
Astronaut

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Unsalted Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1965
Birth Location:
Hampton
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Biography

Orthopaedic surgeon, chemical engineer and astronaut Robert Lee Satcher, Jr. was born on September 22, 1965 in Hampton, Virginia to Robert and Marian Satcher. Satcher graduated from Denmark-Olar High School in Denmark, South Carolina, in 1982. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986; his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 1993; and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994. Satcher completed his postdoctoral research fellowships at MIT in 1994 and University of California, Berkeley in 1998; internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco in 2000; and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Florida in 2001.

From 2001 to 2008, Satcher served as an assistant professor at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was also an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois from 2001 to 2008, and served as a professor at the Institute for Bionanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University Medical Center. In addition, Satcher was an attending physician of orthopaedic oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2001 to 2008; and served as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University from 2002 to 2008.

Satcher joined NASA in 2004. In 2009, he became the first orthopaedic surgeon in space during NASA’s STS-129 mission, where he was a mission specialist and performed two spacewalks. Satcher left NASA in September 2011, and serves as a surgical oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Satcher’s professional organizations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, American Academy of Cancer Research, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, National Medical Association, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Doctors United in Medical Missions, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Telemedicine Association, Orthopaedic Research Society, MIT Alumni Association, Black Alumni at MIT and Harvard Alumni Association. In addition, he co-founded the eHealth Research Institute, is a user panel member of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and serves on the boards of CSTEM and Teach for America.

Satcher has been active in numerous community organizations, including Big Brother for Youth at Risk Counseling Program, Department of Corrections, San Francisco, California; Tutor for Black Student’s Union Tutorial Program, MIT; National Society of Black Engineers; American Institute of Chemical Engineering; Supervising Adult for Cub Scout Camp for Boys, Nashville, Tennessee; Open Airways Tutor (asthma awareness); Proctor for Freshman Dormitory at Harvard University; Lay Episcopal Minister at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois and at St. James Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Satcher has also completed medical missions for outreach care to underserved areas in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Gabon.

Satcher was a National Merit Scholar, and received the Monsanto Award and the Albert G. Hill Award from MIT, fellowships from both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UNCF/Merck Research department, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates of science, and was selected as a finalist in Tuskegee University’s presidency search in 2010.

Robert Satcher, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 3, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr.'s interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his parent's civil rights activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his father and when his parents first started dating
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. lists his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. lists his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers developing an interest in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his aspiration to become a pilot
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers moving to Denmark, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers Denmark-Olar High School in Denmark, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his start at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his first year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his experiences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about the MIT Black Students' Union
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his transition from the South to Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his transition from the South to Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers the black faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about the influence of black astronauts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his decision to study chemical engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his decision to study medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his dual graduate degree program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his black peers and professors at Harvard Medical School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his curriculum track at Harvard Medical School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers Mae Jemison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Harvard Medical School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his Ph.D. degree program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. reflects upon his decision to complete a dual degree graduate program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his interest in orthopedic surgery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his residency at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr.'s interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers the influence of Emily Morey Holton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls applying to become an astronaut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about his work as a bone cancer surgeon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his selection as an astronaut candidate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his acceptance into the NASA Astronaut Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his decision to join the NASA Astronaut Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about the history of African American astronauts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes basic training at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes basic training at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about Extravehicular Activity training
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about Extravehicular Activity training
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his family's perspective on his work as an astronaut
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers his flight assignment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. remembers launch day on Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes his crewmates on the Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his experience of space shuttle takeoff, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. recalls his experience of space shuttle takeoff, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about the flight crew for Space Transport System 129 on Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes the process of acclimating to zero gravity
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about eating and sleeping in space
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. describes life on the International Space Station
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr. talks about the mission schedule for Space Transport System 129