Dr. Easter is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also serves as Deputy Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capability at NASA, and is Co-Founder of the University of Colorado Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Program. Ben spearheaded the development of the Martian Medical Analogue and Research Simulations (2MARS), an innovative simulation program to teach aerospace medicine to medical professionals in an operational environment. He also serves as the Assistant Medical Director for the Polar Medicine Service at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Easter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Denver Health Medical Center, and a fellowship in Emergency Operations and Quality at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Easter is board certified in emergency medicine and works as an attending physician at University of Colorado Hospital, where he has also served as Assistant Medical Director.