Army Physician Assistant Capt. Marjorie Knope Honored with 2022 Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year

By Col. James Jones, Medical Capability Integration DirectorateJune 8, 2023

Capt. Marjorie Knope who was recently named the 2022 Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year. 
The Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year award, named after Brig. Gen. Theodore Lyster, known as the "father of aviation medicine," recognizes flight surgeons who have significantly contributed to aviation medicine, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the U.S. military's aviation missions.
Capt. Marjorie Knope who was recently named the 2022 Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year.
The Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year award, named after Brig. Gen. Theodore Lyster, known as the "father of aviation medicine," recognizes flight surgeons who have significantly contributed to aviation medicine, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the U.S. military's aviation missions. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
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Embodying the U.S. Army's motto of "Being All You Can Be," Capt. Marjorie Knope, Physician Assistant, has risen to an exceptional pinnacle of achievement by being named the 2022 Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year. Selected from an exceptionally competitive field of top-tier nominees, this prestigious honor stands as a shining testament to Knope's stellar performance, unwavering dedication, and substantial contributions to the United States Army.

The esteemed award was presented to Knope during the Aerospace Medical Association's (AsMA) Annual Scientific Meeting that took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from May 21-25, 2023.

Knope currently serves with the Future Concept Center (FCC), Medical Capability Development and Integration Directorate (MED CDID), Medical Evacuation Concepts & Capabilities Division (MECCD) where she plays a crucial role as a Requirements Developer for medical treatment to support the Army Health System (AHS). As a Physician Assistant, her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in advancing the Army’s medical capabilities, making her an invaluable asset to her unit and the Army as a whole.

The Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year award, named after Brig. Gen. Theodore Lyster, known as the "father of aviation medicine," recognizes flight surgeons who have significantly contributed to aviation medicine, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the U.S. military's aviation missions.

“Knope's exceptional performance and commitment to duty, particularly in her role with the MED CDID's MECCD, truly embodies the values that the Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year award represents," said Col. Sam Fricks. "We are proud to have her as part of our team, and we look forward to her continued contributions to our mission."

Her achievement not only celebrates her commitment to medical excellence and service in the U.S. Army but also serves as an inspiration for other healthcare professionals in the field of aviation medicine. As we reflect on the successful AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting, we honor Knope and her significant contributions to the Army Health System. Her relentless pursuit of excellence and dedication to serving her country is indeed commendable.