FAA Aviation Medical Examiner Clinic

Appointments by request: 773-702-3838 or FAAExam@dacc.uchicago.edu  

The University of Chicago Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care is excited to be able to provide medical certificate examinations for pilots.

Dr Keith J Ruskin is a designated Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Medical Examiner. He is a Senior AME who can issue all classes of medical certificate. Dr Ruskin’s decades of experience as an anesthesiologist give him a unique understanding of physiology. As a pilot himself, Dr Ruskin understands the flight environment and will provide the highest level of service to help you get your medical certification. If the FAA requires a Special Issuance, Dr Ruskin will be your advocate and work with you and your primary care physician or specialists.

What is a medical certificate?

Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a medical certificate as "acceptable evidence of physical fitness on a form prescribed by the Administrator." The primary goal of the airman medical certification program is to protect not only those who would exercise the privileges of a pilot certificate but also air travelers and the general public.

A person who meets FAA airmen medical standards, based on a medical examination and an evaluation of medical history, is entitled to a medical certificate without restriction or limitation other than the prescribed limitation as to its duration. Individuals required to hold a medical certificate must have it in their personal possession at all times when exercising the privileges for which they are licensed.