Jan Stepanek, M.D.

  1. Aerospace Medicine Specialist
  2. Internist
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My name is Jan Stepanek. I'm the current chair of the Division of Preventive Occupational and Aerospace Medicine.

My role at Mayo Clinic is to function as a physician in the Executive Health Program. I've always had an interest in high altitude related disorders since I was in the Swiss military. And when I had the opportunity to find out that there was actually a specialty in this country that allows for further study in that field, I would really rather say that the field found me, than me finding the field.

Growing up, my father was an internist. And, as such, I got the opportunity to be with him on house calls. My father used to tell me over and over, if you listen long enough to your patients, they will tell you the key cues for a diagnosis. Not just ordering tests, but rather, trying to find out what it is that a disease or condition means to the individual, what their true concerns are, and sometimes that may lead us into discussions that are not at first blush medical. Getting that information, getting the inside story from the patient is my desire and goal.

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  1. Altitude sickness
  • Aerospace medicine
  • Aerospace physiology
  • Executive health
  • Senior aviation medical examiner (FAA)
  • Civilian spaceflight
  • Mountain sickness
  • Senior examiner (JAA)
  1. 2002
    MPHGraduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch
  2. 2002
    Resident - Aerospace Medicine, UTMB/NASAUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
  3. 1998
    Resident - Chief Medical ResidentDepartment of Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1997
    ResidentDepartment of Internal Medicine
  5. 1994
    Resident - Department of PathologyUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  6. 1992
    MDFaculty of Medicine, Universitat Basel

Certifications

  1. 2003
    Aerospace MedicineAmerican Board of Preventive Medicine
  2. 1997
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2002
    Harrison Lectureship "Aviation Medicine at Mayo Clinic: The World War II Years"Mayo Foundation House
  2. 1998
    Associates National Poster Competition: "Orthodeoxia and Platypnea as the presenting symptom of Carcinoid Heart Disease"American College of Physicians
  3. 1997
    Outstanding Resident Achievement AwardMayo Clinic
  4. 1997
    Internal Medicine Resident Research AwardMayo Clinic
  5. 1997
    Associates National Poster Competition: "Bilateral Fungal Endophthalmitis due to a Mycotic Aortic Aneurysm after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery"American College of Physicians
  6. 1992
    Best GraduateUniversitat Basel
  7. 1992
    Second-Best Graduate of all Medical Schools in Switzerland (692 Graduates)Awarding Organization

Professional memberships

  1. 2012
    ChairDepartment of Education Administration
  2. 2012 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, Executive Operations Team - Arizona, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  3. 2012 - present
    Fellow MemberAerospace Medical Association
  4. 2010 - 2011
    PresidentSpace Medicine Association
  5. 2008
    President-Elect CandidateSpace Medicine Association
  6. 2008 - present
    MemberHistory & Archives Committee, Space Medicine Association
  7. 2008 - present
    Candidate for PresidentSpace Medicine Association
  8. 2007 - 2010
    Vice ChairDiseases Oriented Groups, Department of Internal Medicine
  9. 2007 - 2008
    MemberGraduate Medical Education Committee, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  10. 2007 - 2008
    ChairEducation & Training Committee, Aerospace Medical Association
  11. 2006 - 2010
    MemberBoard of Directors, Civilian Aerospace Medical Association, Aerospace Medical Association
  12. 2006 - 2009
    Member at LargeSpace Medicine Association
  13. 2005 - 2011
    Educational CoordinatorDivision of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  14. 2005 - present
    ChairHistorical Activities Subcommittee, Education Committee, Executive Operations Team - Arizona
  15. 2003 - present
    MemberAir Transport Committee, Aerospace Medical Association
  16. 2003 - present
    MemberSafety Committee, Civilian, Air Transport Committee, Aerospace Medical Association
  17. 2003 - present
    MemberScientific Programs Committee, Aerospace Medical Association
  18. 2003 - present
    Associate FellowAerospace Medical Association
  19. 2003 - present
    Associate MemberAirline Medical Directors Association
  20. 2002 - 2005
    MemberUndersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
  21. 2002 - 2004
    MemberAdvisory Board, Mayo Clinic Preferred Response Program, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  22. 2002 - 2004
    Flight SurgeonAir Crews, Mayo One Transportation Services, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport
  23. 1997 - 1998
    Co-ChairInternal Medicine Resident Graduate Education Committee, Department of Internal Medicine
  24. 1997 - 1998
    MemberInpatient Electronic Medical Record Planning Group, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  25. 1997 - 1998
    MemberElectronic Record Information System Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  26. 1997 - 1998
    MemberResults Model Subcommittee, Electronic Record Information System Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  27. 1997 - 1998
    MemberBedside Computer Workstation Usage Work Team, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  28. 1997 - 1998
    MemberContinuous Improvement Workgroup on Direct Hospital Admissions, Mayo Clinic Rochester Workgroups
  29. 1997 - 1998
    MemberContinuous Improvement Workgroup on Paperless Consultation Services, Mayo Clinic Rochester Workgroups
  30. 1997 - 1998
    MemberInpatient Services Work Group, Department of Internal Medicine
  31. 1997 - 1998
    MemberInternal Medicine Resident Graduate Education Committee, Department of Internal Medicine
  32. 1997 - 1998
    MemberGeneral Medicine Training Subcommittee, Department of Internal Medicine
  33. 1997 - present
    MemberAerospace Medical Association
  34. 1994 - 2005
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  35. 1994 - present
    Associate MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  36. 1994 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Mountain Medicine
  37.  
    Life MemberSpace Medicine Association
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Publications

Research activities

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