Tarek Sardana | CD | MD
I am a Family Physician in the Ottawa area. I own and operate my own consulting company, Aviation Medicine Intl (AMI).
My areas of expertise include Medical Clinical Management, Aerospace Medicine, Urgent Care Medicine, Medical Support to Sports Teams, and Medical Support in Remote and Austere Environments.
I retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2016 after 25 years of service. My last position on active duty was as the Senior Staff Officer, Aerospace Medicine, for the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). I was responsible for all aerospace medicine policies and practices, including issues related to aircraft accident investigation and prevention. I also provided expert advice on such issues as aircrew fatigue, aircrew mental health, hypoxia and neck strain in helicopter and fighter pilots.
I served as the Flight Surgeon at 410 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing CFB Cold Lake, Alberta where I flew over 100 missions in the CF-18. In 1995, while at CFB Cold Lake, I was deployed for six months to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights, Israel. I was also deployed in 1994 for six weeks as the Flight Surgeon on OP SCOTCH, the airlift support for the UN mission into Rwanda. In 2004, I completed a 90-day deployment to Haiti as the Task Force Surgeon responsible for all 600 CAF members deployed on OP HALO.
I completed my Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at the University of Ottawa in 1992, where I now lecture in the Department of Family Medicine. I am an Associate Fellow with the Aerospace Medical Association and a member of the International Academy of Aviation & Space Medicine. In 2018, I received my Area of Focused Practice Diploma in Aerospace Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (DRCPC).
In my spare time, I enjoy flying. I am an active pilot with over 500 hours of airplane and glider flying experience. I also love sports and volunteering my time as trainer on my son’s Midget AAA hockey team.