Jay Buckey is an American physician and engineer. He was born Jay Clark Buckey, Jr. on June 6, 1956 in New York City. He graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, New York in 1973 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1977. He also received an M.D. from Cornell in 1981. He interned at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and completed his residence at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
In 1998, Buckey flew as a Payload Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-90 as part of the Neurolab mission. The crew launched on April 17, 1998 and performed the “Cardiovascular Adaptation to Zero-Gravity” experiment and assisted with other Spacelab experiments. During the flight, the crew served as both experiment subjects and operators for 26 individual life science experiments, which focused on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. The flight orbited the Earth 256 times before landing back on Earth on May 3, 1998.
Currently, Buckey is a Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is married to Sarah Woodroffe, and they have three children.