Col. Lawrence Rowe Whitehurst, MD, FAAFP

Title: Family Physician and Flight Surgeon
Company: United States Space Force
Location: Monument, Colorado, United States

Col. Lawrence Rowe Whitehurst, MD, FAAFP, Family Physician and Flight Surgeon at the United States Space Force, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and military services.

Drawing upon a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia in 1970 and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia in 1974, Dr. Whitehurst is a distinguished family physician, former U.S. Air Force colonel and flight surgeon and member of the United States Space Force. Notably, he completed his residency in family medicine at Fort Bragg in 1977. Joining the Space Force in 2017, he serves as a civilian family physician, flight surgeon and senior consultant in family aviation medicine.

Prior to joining the Space Force, Dr. Whitehurst commenced his career as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1970, in which he proudly served his country in various positions, including as a medical consultant, nuclear accident incident and control team consultant and task force flight surgeon. Later on, he was employed by the U.S. Army Aeronautical Research Laboratory as a researcher and developer, as well as a division surgeon for the U.S. Army 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, chief of hospital services and chief of the medical staff for U.S. Air Force Hospitals, MTF commander and a family physician for Culpeper Regional Health System. Likewise, he lent his expertise to the University of Virginia as a visiting assistant professor and the Department of Medicine at Culpeper Regional Hospital as chairperson.

Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Whitehurst retired from the military in 1990 in the rank of colonel chief flight surgeon for the U.S. Army AeroMedical Research Laboratory. He was notably a commander of four military medical treatment facilities, each of which was named the outstanding medical unit in its respective major command during his tenure as commander. The author of the booklet “Back to Basics,” a handbook for newly-enlisted Air Force medics, he also authored a paper on the Army’s first transit for a helicopter flight. He has maintained affiliation with the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a lifetime member of the Fairfax Lodge, Grand Lodge of Virginia, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. In addition, he is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner for the Knights of Templar. Civically involved as well, he is a volunteer Scouts leader for the Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, for whom he has also held positions as scoutmaster, committee chair, district chair and council vice president.

To attest to his profound success, Dr. Whitehurst was honored with an Air Medal by the vice chief of staff of the Army in light of his service as a task force surgeon for Operation Northern Leap, the world’s first transatlantic flight. On six occasions, he was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He also earned the Legion of Merit in 1999 after serving four years as commander of the 86th Medical Group and 86th Airlift Wing. Additionally, he was bestowed with the Army Achievement Medal. Looking toward the future, he intends to experience the continued growth and success of his career with the United States Space Force.

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