Quay C. Snyder, MD, MSPH
Dr. Snyder is President/CEO and co-founder of Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS), an organization dedicated to aviation safety, pilot health and career preservation. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Duke University School of Medicine. He has completed medical residencies in Family Practice and Aerospace Medicine and is board certified in specialties, as well as Occupational Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Master’s of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He was named as the Air Line Pilots Assn Int’l. (ALPA) Aeromedical Advisor in January 2010.
He spent 17 years in the active US Air Force as a flight surgeon and family practice physician. He was selected as his command’s Flight Surgeon of the Year on three separate occasions. Dr. Snyder also spent five years in the Colorado Air National Guard as a flight surgeon and Colorado State Air Surgeon. He retired from the USAF after a three year tour as the senior physician/flight surgeon at the USAF Air Reserve Personnel Center following his demobilization from Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom. Dr. Snyder is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in the in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics and at the National Jewish Medical Center and Research Center in the Department of Occupational Medicine. He is also on the associate clinical faculty at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, TX and the Boonshoots School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Dr. Snyder is a commercial pilot, FAA certified flight instructor since 1975, an Aviation Safety Counselor for the FAA Denver FSDO and a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. He has 2800+ flying hours in 48 types of aircraft from gliders to F-16’s. He formerly served as a glider instructor pilot and aerobatic / spin instructor at the US Air Force Academy’s 94th Flying Training Squadron. He is the recipient of the US Air Force Academy’s award for the 94th Flying Training Squadron’s Attached Instructor Pilot of the Year, 2000. He currently instructs for the Black Forest Soaring Society and owns a Schleicher ASW-24B that he flies for long distance cross country glider flights. He has also earned the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)/Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Master CFI Designation since 2003.
Dr. Snyder is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and articles on medical issues in various scientific and professional pilot journals. He is the 1985 recipient of the Howard Unger Award given by the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons (Aerospace Medicine Association) for the outstanding published research paper in aerospace medicine and its 2008 General George Schaefer Award for lifetime achievement in Aerospace Medicine. In 2012, he was awarded the Aerospace medicine Associations Marie Marvingt for leadership and innovation in the field of aerospace medicine. He is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Advisory Committee and the NBAA’s Safety Committee. Dr. Snyder is a reviewer for the internationally renowned journal Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine of the Aerospace Medicine Association.