LGEN Oliver Savander of the USS Tiberius

Today we mourn the loss of one of our own.
LGEN Oliver Savander of the USS Tiberius has passed away.
Please remember his family, friends and crewmates in your prayers as they enter this time of grieving.
Personally, I will miss my friend, Oliver, very much. I’m so glad I met him and worked with Oliver in SFI and the STARFLEET Medical Corps. I’m still taking this in….
“We are all diminished by his death, but we were honored with his life.
Today we honor him.”


Dr. Gregory Fant, PhD, MSHS
Surgeon General, STARFLEET Medical Corps, SFMD
COL, STARFLEET International


Assistant Surgeon General – Region 8

From the Desk of the Surgeon General

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Captain Chris “Ducky” Lynch to the role of Assistant Surgeon General – Region 8.

Captain Lynch is a fully qualified EMT in real life and I’m grateful that Region 8 proposed such a fine STARFLEET International member.


Dr. Gregory Fant, PhD, MSHS
Surgeon General, STARFLEET Medical Corps, SFMD
COL, STARFLEET International

Many Happy Returns! Star Trek is 50 Today!


There is no grand political statement in the first episode of Star Trek, 50 years ago. The Man Trap is a languid little thriller about a monster that eats salt and has a curious habit of shape-shifting into the image of your ex-girlfriend.  Read More …

The Guardian

The ideas shown in this program have inspired many people to want to help make the world a better place. May it continue to do so and maybe some day we can say with conviction the words of Gene Roddenberry,

“In the 24th century there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.”

The human adventure is just beginning”.


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CMDR Betty O’Brien  COUN,  SFMD
Counselor,  USS Cuchulain , Region 20
STARFLEET Medical Corps
STARFLEET International

Secondhand Smoke and Cancer

Excerpt from …..

The Worm Has Turned>>> Secondhand Smoke and Cancer

A very personal perspective from

CAPT Amanda “Panda” Barrow, First Officer USS Stargazer, Region 20

“I remember the scene at home, before my fathers funeral, my brother went outside to smoke, and my non-smoking sister clinging to him, sobbing her heart out, saying to him,

“No, no, please don’t smoke. It killed dad. I will lose you too.  Read more…..


CAPT Amanda Barrow, STARFLEET International
Team Leader, Women’s Health Issues





SG Travel Diaries from India – 2016 II

Message relayed from our Surgeon General who is currently in India participating in a pro bono public health activity.

Dear STARFLEET Medical Corps Peers:


Quick Update (II)

It’s hot and humid here:  above 31 deg C on 8/14/2016.  I’m so used to the A/C in my office in DC and my home.  (The hotel, here, is just fine.)

I’m teaching and doing a lot of public health consultations.  We have more Indian students in our MPH degree program…about 45 students and 1/3 of these are Indian with the balance from Afghanistan.  They are very appreciative and respectful of me….something I do not get in US where I work.  My friend, the public health school founder and provost, arrives in the city on 8/18…I will talk with him about 10-d [Sat and Sun + 5 day week + Sat and Sun], Community Health and Culture course geared to bring together young Indian and International (US, other countries) students and recent grads in Jodhpur.  Bringing young people together to help work toward a healthier and peaceful world via public health is a good venture.

My teaching consumes my days in this on-campus/off-campus program….very similar to one at the University of Michigan’s public health school.  The water-related diseases caused by vectors include malaria, dengue, onchocerciasis, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, etc.  This is what I’ll be working on later in the week.  I wonder if this is a small presentation which some of our peers would be interested in learning about at our next Medical Corps meeting in Florida in 2017….just something I’m thinking about.

8/14/2016 was Independence Day in India.

I’ll send another report on Thursday of this week.

That’s all for now.