Program Secretary (you will vote for one)
Jennifer Burgoon

Special Councilor - Anatomical Services (you will vote for one)
Scott Barton
James Coey
Bobbi Morgan

Natalie Langley
Maira Du Plessis                                                                                     

Article VII - Nominations and Elections


Program Secretary (you will vote for one)

Jennifer Burgoon (The Ohio State University)

Biography: After graduating valedictorian from high school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jennifer Burgoon attended Baldwin-Wallace University (BWU) where she discovered her passion for anatomy.  She graduated from BWU summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 1996.  She then worked as a research technician (i.e., primarily as a histologist) at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation until she started graduate school at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1997.  Dr. Burgoon earned her M.S. in Cell Biology and Anatomy in August 2001 and her Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis on educational psychology, measurement, and evaluation, in August 2008.  While in graduate school, Dr. Burgoon worked as a teaching assistant and tutor for the medical gross anatomy course, a guest lecturer for the medical embryology course, a research assistant for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, and as a Project Coordinator for a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Grant.  She was very active in multiple student organizations including the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), where she served as a Regional Coordinator and Ombuds Coordinator, as well as serving as Graduate Student Attorney General for the UNC-CH Student Judicial Office.  During the last three years of her Ph.D. program, Dr. Burgoon taught multiple undergraduate anatomy courses as an instructor during the regular school year for the Department of Biology at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, as well as taught a large-enrollment undergraduate anatomy & physiology course as a visiting lecturer during the summers for the UNC-CH Department of Biology in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In August of 2008, Dr. Burgoon accepted a position as assistant professor within the Division of Anatomy at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio.  At that time, her primary role was to teach a large-enrollment undergraduate anatomy course with cadaveric prosection to 256 students during three quarters.  Since that time, she was named the Director of Undergraduate Education and that one undergraduate course has grown to upwards of 700 students per semester.  Her teaching role expanded and now includes: 1.) graduate histology; 2.) the histology component of the dental anatomy course; 3.) some of the medical histology components, 4.) a post-baccalaureate gross anatomy course for incoming professional students; and 5.) two graduate anatomy seminars – one on teaching and one on research.  Dr. Burgoon plays a key role in the growth and improvement of courses within the Division of Anatomy and the College of Medicine.  She is involved in curricular revision and course development for the Division of Anatomy, as well as served as Co-Chair of the Evaluation and Assessment Team, a member of The Curriculum Implementation Team, and an Expert Educator during the development and implementation of the new curriculum [i.e., Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI)] at the OSU College of Medicine.

Dr. Burgoon’s established research focus continues to be on the anatomical self-efficacy and developing teaching resources, as well as examining the role of undergraduate anatomy education in the preparation of students for professional programs.  She was recently selected as member of the first cohort of Digital Flagship Educators at OSU, a cohort that will be pushing education forward with the incorporation of innovative technology in the classroom.                    

Dr. Burgoon embodies the service mission of the university in her involvement on a number of local and national committees, including the 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting Co-Chair for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) and Lead of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Anatomy & Physiology Testing Panel.  

Statement: It is truly an honor to be nominated to serve as Program Secretary of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).  Since joining the AACA in 2002, it has been an honor to have served the AACA in a number of roles including as a member and chair of the Bylaws Committee and as a member and chair of the Educational Affairs Committee.  Additionally, it has been a tremendous opportunity to learn about the activities required to plan and execute the AACA’s Annual Scientific Meeting as the 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting Co-Chair, under the direction of the current Program Secretary David Porta.  I know this position will require a substantial time commitment, but I am truly committed to this endeavor knowing the importance of the annual meeting.  Besides working with the AACA’s Annual Scientific Meeting, I have also run a number of other local, regional, and national meetings.  For example, I am currently serving as the co-chair for the 2018 National Meeting of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).  During graduate school, I also planned and ran a number of regional and national meetings for the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS).

I wish to continue my service to this wonderful community of colleagues and friends in an effort to make the AACA Annual Scientific Meetings the best possible.  Finally, thank you for your consideration!  I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 AACA Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia!          

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Special Councilor - Anatomical Services (you will vote for one)

Scott Barton (University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine)

BiographyScott T. Barton is the Director of Anatomical Services at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, where he interacts with medial and pre-professional students, residents, fellows, and faculty from 18 departments and 78 residency and fellowship programs.  Scott’s work supports and facilitates the education and research activities at UCSD and beyond through the management of a whole-body donation program of more than 450 annual donations. He is a well-respected member of the University of California Anatomical Donation Program team who is active on his home campus and throughout the UC system.

Scott has two Associate of Applied Sciences degrees in Airway Sciences and Funeral Service Education.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Public Administration.  During his time with UCSD, Scott has completed the requirements to earn a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Development and he is scheduled to defend his thesis titled “The Impact of Professional Association Involvement on Job Satisfaction and Performance in Academic Anatomical Materials Personnel” in December 2018.

Scott joined the American Association of Clinical Anatomists in 2012.  He has presented and supported his staff in four AACA presentations and served as a judge. In addition, he has presented at other association conferences, both nationally and internationally. He invented an embalming device, which UCSD patented, to limit cadaver forearm pronation.  He is also a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the Cremation Association of North America, UCSD’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, and UCSD’s Human Anatomical Specimen and Tissue Oversight Committee.  

Scott was a full time faculty member at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington, in the Funeral Services Education Program. He also taught at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon and worked in the funeral industry.  He served as an Air Traffic Controller during his United States Air Force military service.

Statement: It is an honor to be nominated for the position of Special Counselor - Anatomical Services within the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).  If elected I will graciously accept this position to serve AACA membership and specifically the Anatomical Services Special Interest Group and Committee.  In my current role I serve in the field of anatomical services as an educator, researcher, and administrator.  I understand the vital role that members of anatomical services programs provide in both the didactic and clinical education of anatomy.  Because of this critical role it is important for anatomical services to have strong representation on the council.  There are increasingly varied legal and ethical concerns surrounding the use of human anatomical specimens that have an impact on educational institutions.

AACA is a great resource to the members of the anatomical services field.  I have gained a great deal of knowledge interacting with members of AACA which has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.  My knowledge and experience will help me to serve as an advocate for anatomical services while interacting with other council members.  I will continue to work to uphold the integrity of our field in caring for those who donate to medical education and research while serving in this role.  Thank you for your consideration.

James Coey (St. George's University)

 Biography: After graduating with Honors from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1999 and SouthamptonUniversity Medical School in 2004, Dr James Coey has worked as a physician, educator and clinical anatomist. Following clinical appointments in General Surgery, Acute Medicine and Pediatric Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, James has held positions as a Clinical Fellow (University of Warwick), Anatomy Demonstrator (Cambridge University & Trinity College Dublin), Dean of Students (Trinity School of Medicine) and Clinical Anatomist/Physician Educator at medical schools in the United Kingdom, Ireland, St. Vincent, and Grenada.

James’ clinical experience spans placements in the US (MGH/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston), South Africa (Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town), Haiti (Hospital Bon Samaritan, Limbe), India (Raphael, Dehra Dun), and Thailand (Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok). He holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from Mahidol University, Thailand and Certificates in Medical Ultrasound from both Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA) and The Institute of Ultrasound Training (Delhi, India). In addition, James has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

In 2014, James returned to the UK from the West Indies as Course Director, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in Anatomy at St. George’s University Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) in partnership with Northumbria University. In 2016, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences for the KBTGSP, and remains actively involved in curriculum design and assessment along with the formulation and implementation of academic policies, procedure development, external accreditation processes, and course management. He currently holds positions on the Curriculum Committee, Committee for Technology Based Teaching & Learning, and Student Governance Association.

James is passionate about research as a means of guiding curricula that provide the knowledge, skills and behaviors paramount to the practice of medicine. Over the past four years, his student research selective has culminated the acceptance of 28 projects for presentation/publication at meetings of the AACA, BACA, ASSA, EACA and ICCA. James co-founded a collaborative research group with Northumbria University with several areas of interest, including; pedagogy, 3D-printing, ultrasound and procedural anatomy. Current research projects include investigating the motives and attitudes of body donors factors that influence influence body donation.

James is a member of British (BACA), South African (ASSA), Australian and New Zealand Associations of Clinical Anatomists. He has been a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) since 2013 and has served in the Anatomical Services Committee since 2017.

Statement: It is a particular honor to be nominated for the position of Special Councillor in Anatomical Services. A honor that perhaps does not obviously befit me having read the biographies of my fellow nominees. That said, I strongly believe that the AACA has roles not only guiding education and clinical practice but also providing a forum for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Since first attending an AACA conference in 2013, I have been impressed by the impact and scope of the Anatomical Services Committee within our association. As a Special Councillor I would like to further collaboration across our partner associations; BACA, ASSA, ANZACA; so as to provide consensus guidelines, protocol and publish the work of the committee.

Bobbi Morgan (West Virginia School of Medicine)

Biography: Bobbi Morgan graduated high school in Lake City, Florida in 1986 and earned her Associate of Science degree in 1988 and phlebotomy certification in 1993 from Lake City Community College.  In the following years, she worked as a phlebotomist in Florida, West Virginia, and as a phlebotomy instructor and cytology technician in North Carolina. While working at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, WV, she worked as a Histology Technician, where she processed surgical specimens and assisted with autopsies and bone marrow collection.

In 2008, Bobbi received her Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluefield State College and accepted a position at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine as an Academic Laboratory Instructor Assistant. In this position, she is responsible for the preparation and support of academic labs on campus including anatomy, histology, brain dissection, and microbiology.  Desiring to learn more about the preservation process, she began training with the embalmer and has continued in this position since his retirement in 2011.  Bobbi has also trained others in this position. Bobbi has the honor of ensuring the respectful care our Human Gift Registry donors from the moment they arrive to preservation, project assignment, cremation, and interment.  In addition to donor preparation, she collects and processes histology specimens from the anatomy lab for education and research projects, a 4th year anatomy elective and the anatomy retreats for faculty and students from Japanese Osteopathic schools.  In 2012, she successfully completed the West Virginia Forensic Death Investigation for Medical Examiners course.

For the last three years, Bobbi has served on the American Association of Clinical Anatomists Anatomical Services Committee where she has been involved with the development and execution of the ASC symposium and annual committee meeting.

While at WVSOM Bobbi has been given numerous opportunities to help in the community.  Whether it be mentoring members of the Health Occupation Students of America Forensics team, teaching fifth graders how to collect and identify their fingerprints, or simply providing support and information to those wishing to donate their body to our Human Gift Registry.  She also serves on the campus Safety Committee and has twice been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation Award given by the Student Government Association.

Statement: In 2011, I was introduced to the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and attended several meetings before becoming an official member in 2015.  I was slightly intimidated at first, but everyone quickly made me feel as if I could positively contribute to our purpose of furthering anatomy education.  There are no words to express the honor it is to be nominated to serve as AACA Anatomical Services Councilor.   I look forward to the opportunity to represent those who are involved daily with the responsibility of caring for those who have so graciously donated the ultimate gift.  


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Councilor-at-Large (you can vote for two)

Dolgor Baatar (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso)

Biography: Dr. Dolgor Baatar is an Assistant Professor in Medical Education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso (TTUHSCEP), Paul L Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). He was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 1989, Dr. Baatar received his MD Diploma with honors from the First Moscow State Medical University, the oldest and most prestigious medical school in Russia. After completion of a residency program in General Surgery, Dr. Baatar taught and practiced surgery at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia (HSUM).

In 2001, Dr. Baatar received his PhD degree in Physiology from the Oita Medical University, Japan. As a PhD student, he studied the pathogenesis of portal hypertension and mechanisms of gastrointestinal ulcer healing. Dr. Baatar received his postdoctoral training at the Department of Gastroenterology, University of California, Irvine and at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH. While working at NIA Dr. Baatar generated a novel anti-tumor compound which was granted a US patent in 2014.

In 2011 Dr. Baatar was recruited by the TTUHSCEP as an Assistant Professor in Medical Education. Dr. Baatar teaches anatomy, physiology and immunology as well as clinical skills. He is also a director of the Scientific Principles of Medicine Course and the Surgical Anatomy elective course. To enhance the clinical relevance of the anatomy curriculum, Dr. Baatar introduced teaching of clinical procedures during anatomy labs and developed a series of clinical case-based anatomy sessions. In 2017 in recognition of his teaching efforts, Dr. Baatar received the Faculty Excellence Award from the TTUHSC El Paso Student Government Association (SGA). Dr. Baatar is a member of the Texas State Anatomical Board.

Statement: It is a great honor to be nominated to the AACA Councilor-at-Large position. Since joining the AACA in 2013, I served for 2 years in the Career Development Committee and am currently serving on the Brand Promotion, Outreach Committee (since 2016), and the Educational Affairs Committee (since 2017).

As a former surgeon, I believe that the clinical aspect of anatomy education in the US still needs improvement. Anatomy educators need to integrate the basic science anatomy curriculum with what clinical educators expect from their students. A better knowledge of the clinical needs of students can be used to adapt teaching to help students meet ever-changing expectations. If elected as a Councilor-at-Large of the AACA, I would strive to establish a productive relationship with associations of clinical educators such as the Association of Surgical Education. This may help us to recruit more clinicians to the AACA and increase the number of clinical presentations at our meetings. Further, we should encourage and assist our members in promoting the AACA at meetings of clinical associations and societies.

Thank you for considering my candidacy for this position. I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the AACA Council as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator.

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Sarah Greene (Morehouse School of Medicine) 

Biography: Dr. Sarah Greene graduated from Johnson State College in Johnson, VT in 2003 with a B.S. in Health Science.  She then went onto attend the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, where she received a B.S. in Medical Biology in 2005.  She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in 2010.  Her research at BUSM focused on studying neuroimaging and neuropsychological biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease.  She also participated in the Vesalius Program, where she received training to become an educator in the biomedical sciences.  During her time as a graduate student, she served as a teaching assistant in gross anatomy for medical and dental students, and also in neuroscience for medical students.

Dr. Greene began her academic career as a lecturer and laboratory instructor in gross anatomy in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She accepted her first full time faculty position as a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at University of Vermont (UVM; now the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont) in 2010.  Soon after she began in her position at UVM, she received the Rising Star Young Alumni Award from Johnson State College.  She later became an assistant professor in the new, merged Department of Neurological Sciences at UVM.  During her time at UVM, she taught in gross anatomy and neuroscience courses for physical therapy and medical students, and developed and directed a Clinical Anatomy elective course for 4th year medical students.  She also served as the Director of the Anatomical Gift Program.   

Dr. Greene accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in 2015. She primarily teaches in the gross anatomy and embryology components of the Organ Systems 1, 2, and 3 courses.  She serves on several institutional committees at MSM, including acting as a co-chair for the Pre-Clinical Course Review Subcommittee for the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee.  She recently began the role of Director of the Body Donor Program.  In 2017, she received the award for Best Academic Professor at the Faculty Appreciation Gala at MSM.

Although Dr. Greene began her research in basic science, she transitioned to focus on educational research after graduate school.  Her most recent research projects have involved evaluating student responses to dissection and finding the most appropriate and effective methods for assisting students with transitioning to working with anatomical body donors, and also developing and evaluating new methods and technology in teaching anatomy.  She and her co-authors recently published an article (currently in press) relating to the importance of a donor memorial ceremony to the students and families of anatomical donors in Medical Science Educator.

Outside of her service at MSM, Dr. Greene has also been active in the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.  She has served as a member of, and currently chairs the Career Development Committee.  She was an interim member of the Educational Affairs Committee for one year.  She will also serve as the 2018-19 Meeting Manager for the AACA.  Finally, MSM is the host institution for the 2018 AACA meeting, and therefore she has been involved in assisting with planning the meeting from this perspective as well.  Additionally, she is completing her third and final year of serving on the Committee for Early Career Anatomists for the American Association of Anatomists.

Statement: It is an incredible honor to receive the nomination to serve as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.  I joined AACA many years ago as a graduate student, and being involved in the AACA has been imperative to my growth as an educator and researcher in education, and I am excited to have the opportunity to further serve in this association.  I have very much enjoyed chairing the Career Development Committee for the AACA for the past several years, as it has provided me the opportunity to work with the Committee members to plan events that encourage networking and development of professionals in the early stages of their careers.  I believe that my current and past experiences serving on committees for the AACA, as well as becoming a meeting manager for the 2018-19 meeting has provided me with the background, skills, and understanding of the time commitment necessary to serve as a Councilor-at-Large.  Thank you for your consideration for this position, and I look forward to the opportunity to see all of you here in Atlanta in July!

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Eustathia Lela Giannaris (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Biography: Dr. Giannaris is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology at University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She earned a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in 2010. While in graduate school, she served as a teaching assistant and tutor in gross anatomy and medical neuroscience for several years. She was honored with the Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Award for research, service and teaching and was selected to represent all graduate students as the PhD student speaker at BUSM commencement. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility at Weill Medical College of Cornell University performing pre-clinical testing of viral vectors for the treatment of Batten’s Disease.

Dr. Giannaris joined the faculty at UMMS in 2010 and serves as a core anatomy faculty member in the Development, Structure and Function (DSF) and Brain: Clinical Neuroanatomy courses for first and second year medical students, respectively. In 2018, she was appointed Anatomy Co-Director of the DSF course, and oversees the anatomy components of this integrated course. In addition, Dr. Giannaris directs the Summer Anatomy Enrichment Program for rising second-year medical students who are interested in receiving further training in anatomy and developing educational materials to enhance the anatomy curriculum. Dr. Giannaris is also a Co-Leader of the Capstone Scholarship and Discovery course, a longitudinal course that engages students in a scholarly project during all four years of medical school. She serves as a member of several institutional committees, including the first and second year medical school curriculum committees, the library and learning resources committee, the medical education innovation committee, and the program planning committee for the annual UMMS Educational Retreat. In 2015, Dr. Giannaris was recognized by students for excellence in teaching with the Outstanding Basic Science Medical Educator Award.

Dr. Giannaris’ research interests include curriculum development, implementation and assessment for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy in undergraduate medical education. She also has a strong interest in the hidden curriculum that the anatomy dissection experience offers. She works to promote humanism in her teaching, and has implemented special ceremonies for students both at the start and end of the anatomy course, in addition to annual anatomical gift donor memorial service.  

Besides serving on many UMMS committees, Dr. Giannaris has been an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. She was a member of the Financial Affairs Committee, and currently serves as a member and Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee and ex-officio  member of the Meeting Organization and Program Planning Committee. She has been a judge for poster and oral presentations and a session moderator at annual meetings. Dr. Giannaris was an invited speaker at the Career Development Committee Symposium at the 2017 AACA annual meeting.

Statement: It is an immense honor to be nominated to serve as a Councilor-at-Large for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. From the first meeting I attended in 2014, I have been struck by the welcoming nature of the members, as well as the unwavering support and invaluable mentorship I have received. The AACA fosters a feeling of belonging to a close-knit community, and I look forward to reconnecting with colleagues each year at the annual meetings. My involvement with the AACA has been especially meaningful in my professional development by providing me with opportunities to grow and give back. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve on and chair committees, and get involved in the annual meetings as a judge, moderator and speaker in the relatively short time I have been a member. The AACA is truly committed to promoting the future generation of clinical anatomists.

I have consistently maintained a strong commitment to service throughout the various stages of my training and career as an educator and researcher. I feel strongly about giving back and paying it forward whenever possible. I welcome the opportunity to work closely with the AACA leadership to expand our diverse community of clinical anatomy educators, researchers, clinicians and anatomical services staff. I will work hard to continue to promote clinical anatomy education and research, engage young anatomists, and represent the membership. It would be a privilege to contribute to the future of the AACA by being a voice of the membership as a Councilor-at-Large. Thank you so much for your consideration! 

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Joe Iwanaga (Kurume University School of Medicine)

Biography: am a oromaxillofacial surgeon, dentist and anatomist from Japan and a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. I am a faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Gross Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Kurume University School of Medicine and was also Attending Staff in Dentistry and Oral Surgery and the Takagi Hospital in Ookawa, Japan. All of my teaching and research career has been devoted to clinical anatomy. I’ve mentored many clinical anatomy research fellows and my research, much of which has been funded, has resulted in over 150 peer-reviewed publication in the medical/scientific literature. I serve on multiple editorial boards and as an AACA Co-editor for our Journal, Clinical Anatomy. Additionally, I have authored several textbooks on clinical anatomy both in Japanese (e.g., Clinical Oriented Anatomy: A Comprehensive Text for Dental Surgery. Tokyo, Ishiyaku) and English (Anatomical Variations in Clinical Dentistry. Berlin, Springer) and have authored a chapter for the upcoming 42nd edition of Gray’s Anatomy.

Statement: As a clinician and anatomist, guiding the future direction of an organization as prestigious as the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as a member of its Council would be a huge honor not to be taken lightly. As anatomy courses around the world continue to lose course hours and national funding sources become fewer and fewer, now is the time to reinforce the foundation upon which our organization stands. To this end, elected members to the Council must be innovative in their methods of educating both the teaching and research communities on what the American Association of Clinical Anatomists can offer. As a clinical anatomist, it would be my honor to serve as a member of our Council and help identify the challenges that face us as anatomists and strategies that would deal with these.

Soo Kim (University of Saskatchewan)

Biography: Dr. Soo Kim is an Associate Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan (U of S). She received her B.Sc. degree in Physical Therapy in 1998 from the University of Toronto. During her years as a clinician, she developed expertise in sports medicine and a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation. In 2008, she earned her PhD from the University of Toronto based on research investigating the detailed muscle and tendon architecture of the supraspinatus muscle and developed of an ultrasound imaging protocol to quantify architectural changes in patients with rotator cuff pathology. 

As a faculty member and clinical anatomist at the U of S, Dr. Kim has an active research program investigating muscle architecture and function in response to pathology, surgery, radiation and rehabilitation. Her research methods span from detailed cadaveric dissections and 3D computer modeling to patient orientated clinical investigations using medical imaging, electromyography and 3D motion capture. Her current PhD student is looking at muscle and function changes of the shoulder girdle in breast cancer survivors.

At the School of Rehabilitation Science, Dr. Kim teaches in the Masters of Physical Therapy program. From 2012-2015, Dr. Kim served as the chair of the Curriculum Committee.  She has been involved in extensively revising and developing the applied anatomy and orthopedic assessment courses for the School. Given her expertise in medical imaging, Dr. Kim is also responsible of overseeing and teaching the medical imaging content in the curriculum. She is part of a team developing new self-directed on-line learning tools for medical imaging. Recently, through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grant, Dr. Kim has developed new teaching and assessment methods using the Anatomage Table. Dr. Kim’s commitment to teaching has been recognized through numerous teaching awards. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award (presented by students) five times (in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017), the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Medicine in 2014 (nominated by colleagues) and the Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching in 2016 (nominated by colleagues and students).

Outside of her service to the U of S, Dr. Kim has been an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for over ten years, contributing to different committees. She also uses her clinical knowledge and leadership skills as the provincial chair for the Clinical Test Development Group of the Canadian Physiotherapy Regulators; she is responsible for developing and vetting clinical questions for the licensing exam. 

Statement: I am honored to receive this nomination for the Councilor-at-Large position.  The American Association of Clinical Anatomists has been my “home” association ever since I was a graduate student.  I know firsthand how vital the AACA can be to the success of a clinical anatomist and I am so grateful for the support and advice I have received from members of the association over the years.  It has been truly tremendous!

To date, I have had the honor of serving on the Membership (2008-2009) and Career Development Committees (2012-2013).  In 2014, I was given the opportunity to chair the Career Development Committee. The experiences I gained have been invaluable in growing professionally and I would love to have another opportunity to give back to the association.

If elected, I would be committed to use my experiences to help steer the association to meet the needs of the future generation of clinical anatomists.  I will work diligently with the other council members to ensure the AACA continues to have an international impact through the promotion of clinically oriented anatomy research and teaching and by supporting exchange of knowledge on curricular matters.  Thank you for considering me for this position!

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Natalie Langley (Mayo Clinic School of Medicine) 

Biography: Natalie Langley, PhD, D-ABFA, is Associate Professor of Anatomy and Associate Director of Curriculum Management and Faculty Development in the Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Science (OASES) in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She currently teaches medical gross anatomy, embryology, and histology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ. She is also actively involved in the Academic Affairs and Faculty Affairs pillars of the medical school, serving on the executive committees in these pillars and working primarily in the arenas of curriculum management, education design, and faculty development. Dr. Langley is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and German (1998). She received her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Louisiana State University (2001) and her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (2009). She completed a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship in forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee with the Department of Anthropology, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and the National Institute of Justice. She is trained in anatomy, biological anthropology and forensic anthropology.

Dr. Langley has demonstrated an interest and skill in teaching and mentorship since her graduate training at the University of Tennessee. She taught undergraduate courses in biological anthropology as the instructor on record to classes of 250 students at the University of Tennessee, as well as Anatomy and Physiology at Pellissippi State Community College. She also taught Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology to high school students for the University of Tennessee’s Upward Bound Program, where she received a Teaching Excellence award. Dr. Langley continued her professional development as an educator at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine as Course Director of Introduction to Radiographic Imaging and Methods of Teaching & Curriculum Development in Anatomy, co-Course Director of Neuroanatomy and Gross Anatomy Boot Camp, and a lecturer in the Medical Gross Anatomy course. Dr. Langley also developed the LMU-DCOM Gross Anatomy Summer Boot Camp program, a pre-matriculation program for incoming medical students. In 2013 she assumed directorship of the Master of Anatomical Sciences program and expanded the program from 6 students to 35 students during her 3 years as Program Director and personally advised each student in this program. She has mentored 30 Master’s and medical students and 3 PhD students at LMU-DCOM and Mayo Clinic and ensured that the research projects were disseminated at national anatomy and forensic science conferences and/or on to publication in peer-reviewed. Dr. Langley’s interest in clinical anatomy and medical education led her to establish a PhD program in Clinical Anatomy at LMU in 2016 (the institution’s first PhD program). The program was designed to train graduates to teach clinical anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy in the health sciences and conduct clinical anatomy and medical education research.

In 2015, Dr. Langley became a board certified forensic anthropologist and has consulted for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice’s International Training Assistance Program in Bogota, Colombia, where she worked closely with forensic pathologists and odontologists to recover and identify unknown decedents. Dr. Langley is Clinical Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Science at Arizona State University and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Tennessee Anthropology Department, with whom she has collaborated on several National Institute of Justice forensic anthropology research grants. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences awarded her the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award for her doctoral research in skeletal maturation, an award given by the Forensic Sciences Foundation to the best scientific research presentation across all 11 sections of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences during its annual meetings. Dr. Langley’s research has reached an international audience. In 2015 she was approached by the China Scholarship Council to mentor and train a Chinese forensic anthropology PhD candidate for one year. Her international reputation also led her selection and casting as the forensic anthropologist on an 8-episode television series on the National Geographic Channel that aired worldwide in 2012 (The Great American Manhunt).

During her 12-year career as an educator, Dr. Langley has taught high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical school courses. Dr. Langley has experience in program development, including curriculum planning, evaluation, and outcomes assessment. Dr. Langley is an innovative educator who integrates technology and the latest teaching methods into her teaching repertoire. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the American Association of Anatomists, American Association of Clinical Anatomists and American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Dr. Langley has published numerous articles, book chapters, and two textbooks and laboratory manual. Her research interests include skeletal maturation in modern populations, age and sex estimation from the human skeleton, secular changes in skeletal biology, currency of forensic standards, and clinical anatomy, and medical education. 

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Councilor-at-Large. My experiences as an educator, mentor, researcher, and administrator have provided me with a valuable skillset for service positions, including leadership, organization, communication, and collaboration. I have served in various capacities in other professional organizations, including several abstract review committees, an examination committee, ad hoc investigative committees, and early career committees. I can honestly say that the AACA meetings and membership have meant more to my professional development as an anatomist than any other organization. I left my first AACA meeting four years ago with a sense of energy, connection, and belonging and since then have looked forward to the annual meeting every year. I have sought opportunities to serve the Association, including judging and moderating. I currently serve on the AACA Career Development Committee and enjoy working with other AACA members to achieve the association’s goals to maintain high professional standards in the teaching of anatomy. I appreciate this opportunity to become further involved in the Association and to return the favor of those members who welcomed me by ensuring that the spirit of community is maintained among our membership while promoting all aspects of clinical anatomy—research, education, and training. 

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Maira Du Plessis (St. George's University)

Biography: During her second year as a Medical Sciences undergraduate student at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Maira developed an enduring passion for anatomy and all its variants. She obtained her BSc Med Sci in 2004 with majors in anatomy and physiology and continued with an additional year in clinical anatomy research. Whilst completing her MSc in clinical anatomy she worked as an associate lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS). She was involved in teaching gross anatomy, neuroscience, embryology, physical and forensic anthropology, and medical terminology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. During her time as a lecturer at WITS she was involved in curriculum development and co-ordination of undergraduate Allied health and Postgraduate Dental courses. She has supervised numerous student research groups and, 2 BSc Hons students graduated under her supervision. It was during her time at WITS that her interest in interdisciplinary research was established and drove her to pursue a PhD at St George’s University in Grenada.

She is currently an instructor in anatomical sciences at St George’s University, and serves as the associate course director of the Basic Principles of Medicine course in the School of Medicine and is the assistant discipline manager of Anatomy. In addition to her anatomical teaching and research experience she also has a vast interest in research ethics. She was a faculty member in the Fogarty grant funded Caribbean Research Ethics Education initiative (CREEi) from 2014 to 2016. Her dedication to the ethical conduct of scientific studies has earned her the position of Chair of the Institutional Review Board (SGU IRB) which she currently holds. Her interest and devotion to anatomy and advancement in medical education and research is evident in her interaction with colleagues and students alike.


Statement: I’m excited to be a part of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. I joined in 2011 and it has been a joy to be part of the association. All the members have made me feel at home and I’ve learned much from the many mentors I have gained over the years. I’m an anatomists at heart and strive to give something back to the association. In a time where the place of anatomy in medical curriculum and research is being questioned it is important to lead by example and show the importance. With continuing research in clinical and translational anatomy we can keep alive the discipline that serves as the foundation for all medical professions. I'm committed to be a part of the driving force behind anatomical education and the continuation of research in the field of clinical anatomy. If elected for this position I believe that my experience in various areas of teaching and research, and my passion for the discipline can contribute to the success and continuation of the association and its goals.


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Article VII - Nominations and Elections

Section 2. Nomination by Petition. Members may petition for additional candidates to be added to the 2018 AACA Election Ballot. Such nomination petitions may consist of either a single document or separate letters. To qualify for nomination by petition, each candidate must be an Active Full Member and have the support of at least 15 Full Members in good standing. All petitions and/or letters of nomination plus a letter from the nominee indicating his or her willingness to be a candidate must be received by the Association Secretary, Dr. Peter Ward (, before midnight Eastern Standard Time (GMT minus 5 hours) on March 31st. When additional valid nominations have been received from the membership, the Association will post a revised list of the candidates for each position subject to election and other such supportive materials to the Association's website by April 15th.

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