Rhea Seddon

Astronaut and Former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group

Rhea Seddon, MD is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. 

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assitant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She worked with LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. 

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery. She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame in 2015.

AWARDS: 2005 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame; 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame; 2015 Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Health & Wellness, Healthcare, Safety, Teambuilding

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    Tennessee

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    $5,000 - $7,500

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Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon, MD is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. 

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assitant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She worked with LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. 

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery. She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame in 2015.

AWARDS: 2005 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame; 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame; 2015 Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame

To book Dr. Rhea Seddon call Executive Speakers Bureau @ 901-754-9404.

  • Teamwork: Lessons Learned from Space and Aviation Applied to Modern Medicine
  • A Woman Astronaut’s Journey

Astronaut Alan Bean, Apollo and Skylab Astronaut

Charged with the training for the 1978 class of astronaut, I was worried. Of the thirty five, six were women. Could they withstand the rigorous training, especially the smallest, Rhea Seddon? In her memoir, Rhea describes her struggles to become an accepted member of a once all-male bastion. I was proud to watch her eventually make three successful space flights. Her book shows how she managed not only the work, but also a home and family—all with style and grace.

Astronaut Mike Mullane, Author, “Riding Rockets, The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut”

“As one of the first female astronauts, Dr. Rhea Seddon was a pioneer in every sense of that word. Many books have been written by the men of the space program, but only a rare few by the women and fewer yet by the original six and NONE by their own hand.”

Kathy Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator

“Rhea Seddon and I embarked on a remarkable journey together in 1978, when we become two of the first six women astronauts in U.S. history. The unique bond that formed among us as we weathered the intense media storm following our arrival on the scene and navigated the complex challenge of joining such a tightly-knit, all-male community has seasoned over the years into a very special friendship. So I’m delighted that Rhea has stepped forth as the first of our six to tell her story first-hand.”

Former Chief Scientist, Marshall Space Flight Center

Rhea Seddon’s book “Go For Orbit” is wonderfully done! It is so effective in portraying the experience of training to fly on the shuttle and the experience of flight. So many of the things are treated so clearly and personally. The candid personal aspects of her experience are captured with insider truthfulness and aplomb. She shows the ability and willingness to let the reader see inside her heart and mind as she makes life-determining decisions. Throughout the story, I found myself impressed by the underpinning of careful logic that guides her and her family’s choices—a logic that is always tempered with the influence of the heart, recognizing the importance of both thinking and feeling when one has chosen a life of exploration and has committed to do things that no one has ever done before.
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