Local Doctor Sworn In As U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon

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seyffertsml.jpgLocal pediatric neurologist and sleep study specialist Dr. Michael Seyffert has become Major Seyffert of the Medical Unit, U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was sworn in on December 6th at JFK Hospital, where he works, as part of the 305th Medical Group, referred to as "Team McGuire," because his unit is stationed at McGuire Air Force Base here in New Jersey.

 

Seyffert will be a flight surgeon candidate, serving one weekend each month and two weeks each summer. The flight surgeon is responsible for maintaining medical care for all people on flight status, commissioned and elected personnel. What Major Seyffert likes best is that this position gives him the "potential to perform humanitarian missions across the globe."

Commanding Officer Colonel Phillips will be his boss, watching his post and helping him to facilitate and oversee public health concerns for people on flight status," meaning anyone on the base who could be deployed if pilots or planes were needed for a mission. At this stage, Major Seyffert has the option of being on a medical mission as they come up, regardless of where or when. Mike Rosenberg, Retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force was present and Master Sergeant Jeanette Masters presided over the ceremony.

 

Sworn in with his wife, Adrienne Berofsky-Seyffert, and his daughter, Giselle Seyffert, proudly at his side, "Major Mike" swore to uphold the constitution and perform to his best whatever duties come his way. Next up, he must complete Officers' Corps training and then do surgeon training over the summer. He applied for this position two summers ago and Major Masters was instrumental in "pushing things forward," Seyffert said. With his background in working with children and his research in sleep studies, he hopes that his skills will be put to good and useful service at the Flight Medicine Clinic at McGuire AFB.

 

Major Seyffert has entered into this position as a volunteer (albeit one with a medical degree and military training at VMI and active duty in Beirut)--much like he did after Hurricane Katrina, when he volunteered two weeks of medical service to survivors of that crisis in Louisiana. We salute his efforts to serve his country faithfully and proudly.

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