Dr. Wassell has combined two very unique and challenging careers into a new role at Check-6 as Chief Medical Advisor. He is the son of a former fighter pilot, and always wanted to fly. In fact he soloed on his 16th birthday and earned his license the following year. “Super Dave” entered the Air Force Academy, majoring in military history. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a fighter pilot, as an Instructor on the T-37.. He then flew with the Arkansas Air National Guard in Ft. Smith with the Flying Razorbacks, piloting the F-16, and flew combat missions over Bosnia as part of Operation Decisive Edge in 1996.
Super Dave decided to leave the cockpit and head to medical school, becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He is the Chief of Staff at Baptist Health Stuttgart in Arkansas. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Check-6 medical team. Close to $17 billion is spent on medical mistakes every year in the US, and some 100,000 people die as a result. He feels the medical field and community desperately need the cultural experience, knowledge and checklists that Check-6 can bring to help avoid mistakes and save lives.