President-Elect (you will vote for one)
H. Wayne Lambert
Scott Lozanoff
Brandi Schmitt

Association Secretary (you will vote for one)
Peter Ward
Jonathan "Jon" Wisco

Special Councilor - Allied Health (you will vote for one)
Philip A. Fabrizio
Gilbert "Gib" Willett

Councilor-at-Large (you can vote for two)
Wayne Cottam
Anthony D'Antoni
Lisa M. J. Lee
Alan Richards                                                                                              

Article VII - Nominations and Elections


President-Elect (you will vote for one)

H. Wayne Lambert (West Virginia University School of Medicine)

Biography: Dr. H. Wayne Lambert received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000.  Since 1995, he has been passionate about teaching professional students and/or residents the anatomical sciences (anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, and embryology) at the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, University of Louisville, and West Virginia University (WVU).  He has risen in the academic ranks from the level of Instructor in 2005 to Full Professor in 2012, and he was recently asked to serve as Vice Chair in charge of the Anatomy Division within the WVU Pathology, Anatomy, & Laboratory Medicine Department. In this role, he will be charged with leading the WVU Human Gift Registry as well as the directing the teaching, research, and scholarly efforts of the division.  Since returning to his native state in 2009, Wayne’s teaching efforts are focused on medical and dental gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, but he also directs a Practical Anatomy for Surgeons course for fourth year medical students and teaches occupational therapy students.  At WVU, he has been the recipient of five teaching and mentoring awards within the School of Medicine, three awards for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and innovation across all schools within the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Campus, and two national awards in the field of dental education.

Currently, Dr. Lambert’s scholarly endeavors focus on: (1) the development, review, and assessment of questions to prepare students for the National Medical Board Examinations (NMBE); (2) the study and research of variability within cadaveric specimens; (3) how dental students are taught the basic sciences in their preclinical education, and (4) the assessment of content, learning, and instructional methodology in current basic science courses and textbooks.  His scholarly work has led to publishing 30 manuscripts, 3 book chapters, 7 invited reviews, and 66 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, giving 67 invited (inter)national platform presentations and 39 poster presentations at (inter)national meetings, and involvement in ~30 textbook projects spanning the anatomical sciences in the roles of reviewer, acknowledged contributor, anatomy expert/medical consultant, question writer and contributor, or co-author, highlighted by publishing Lippincott’s Illustrated Q&A Review of Anatomy and Embryology in 2010.

Dr. Lambert has held leadership positions in five professional associations, including the AACA, American Association of Anatomists (AAA), American Dental Association (ADA), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).  Since joining the AACA in 2003, he has served on the Nominating, Educational Affairs, and Anatomical Terminology committees, and he has spent the last seven years serving on the AACA Council with a one-year stint as Councilor-at-Large before being elected to two three-year terms as Association Secretary.  While Association Secretary, Wayne has served as one of six members of the AACA Executive Committee, as well as a member of the AACA Strategic Planning Initiative and the MOPP Committee.  Wayne has attended and presented at every AACA meeting since the 2004 AACA Annual Meeting in Moraga, and he serves as a mentor and poster judge for the AACA Career Development Committee.  He enjoys helping students and junior faculty members expand their scholarly endeavors and further their academic careers.

Statement: Since joining the AACA in 2003, I have benefitted from many wonderful mentors who provided career advice, constructive criticism, and lasting friendships that have significantly impacted my academic career.  I feel I owe the AACA, and I was honored to serve as Association Secretary and on the Executive Committee for the past six years.  In this time, we have taken many positive steps which will benefit our professional association for many years.  These initiatives included, but are not limited to, developing a new Strategic Plan, rebranding of our association to broaden our appeal and engage a younger generation of anatomists and clinicians, changing our membership dues structure to benefit the AACA, renegotiating and extending our publishing contract for Clinical Anatomy, hiring a new professional association management group, and establishing a sponsorship program.  All of these steps will impact, revitalize, and ensure financial stability in the coming years for the AACA.

If elected to the six-year Presidential Cycle, I would strive to continue the excellent work of our leadership. My immediate goals will be: (1) to increase our AACA membership; (2) to build the outstanding work of the Anatomical Services Committee to engage increased participation within anatomical donor programs; (3) to highlight and support the outstanding work of Dr. Shane Tubbs and his leadership of the Clinical Anatomy journal; (4) to advance the academic careers of our junior faculty members; and (5) to highlight the success and the impact of our members within the field of the anatomical sciences.  Quite frankly, I have been impressed by, and proud of, the diligent work occurring within our organization, and I plan to continue this trend of making our members both informed and involved with the direction in which the AACA is heading.  I am fortunate to have a great working relationship with members of the AACA Executive Committee, and I look forward to helping them, the Council, and the AACA pursue our collective goals.  Most importantly, I love the AACA, and I am obliged to help our members receive all of the benefits I have experienced by being an active AACA member.

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Scott Lozanoff (University of Hawaii – John A. Burns School of Medicine)

Biography: Scott earned a PhD in Anatomy from The Ohio State University in 1984 followed by postdoctoral research in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia (1984-1987). His first faculty position was in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan (1988-1996) and he relocated to the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, where he has served as Chair of the Department since 1998. Scott’s research training is in the area of craniofacial biology with emphasis on midfacial growth and hypoplasia. Computer modeling of malgrowth and complex genetic analysis of a mouse model for Class III malocclusion showed that intricate interplay between six2 and six3 transcription factors on murine chr 17 directs development and growth of the sphenoid. His bench research has been funded continuously for over 25 years through several granting agencies including NIH, AHA, and MRC (Canada).

Computer programs that Scott developed and wrote for his craniofacial biology research program were applicable to medical education. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico SOM, a virtual reality learning system was developed and distributed to several remote clerkship sites. Scott has extended this conceptual framework and he is developing Augmented Reality learning modules with primary emphasis on medical education and anatomical variation. Based on this work, Scott launched a medical imaging start-up company called Radial3D that follows two earlier successful spin-offs. Scott enjoys a close working relationship with his wife, Beth, who is a certified medical illustrator and they have given numerous presentations at past AACA meetings.

Scott directed Gross Anatomy in the medical curriculum from 1990-1996 at UofS and from 2000-present at UH. He has been honored with several teaching awards, most recently receiving the Kaiser-Permanente Pre-Clinical Teaching Award in 2016. Scott has published over 100 primary research papers, two books, several reviews and electronic media and he has been an invited speaker at numerous venues. Scott is recognized as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists. He has provided research mentorship to over 100 undergraduate, graduate, dental and medical students, several postdoctoral fellows and residents as well as hosting many visiting research professors. Scott is particularly proud of his involvement in diversity efforts; most notably for several years he was a volunteer science instructor in the Native Access Program to Nursing for First Nations students across Canada. Scott maintains a broad administrative experience within the UH SOM and scientific organizations; most recently VP and Sec/Treas of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology and he has served on several grant review panels. Given his background in medical school administration as well as innovation and commercialization, Scott is well versed in strategic planning and implementation as well as sound fiscal management practices.

Statement: The AACA has come a long way! I first joined AACA in 1990 when the annual meeting was held in Saskatoon with President Keith Moore and honoring Frank Netter. I was very fortunate to have had academic and personal interactions with many of our esteemed early predecessors and they provided a model to which we junior members at that time all aspired. Their vision sustained us, but it is our collective responsibility to propel the association forward buoyed by new visions and aspirations of the membership. As a longtime AACA member, I have served various capacities including Councilor, Chair of the Education Committee, Bylaws committee member, meeting organizing committee (1990, 1997, 2010) and associate editor. As president, I will endeavor to pursue important topics such as increasing membership, ensuring fiscal stewardship and implementing our strategic organizational efforts, as well as supporting our journal. Body donation program “best practices” remains a critical aspect of our organization that we must preserve and support. The AACA has a responsibility to the public to promote ethical and transparent development of body donation policy particularly during this difficult time of exploitative commercialization.

I believe that a large part of the President’s role is to promote the AACA. We certainly saw the success that former EIC Stephen Carmichael achieved through his whirlwind travel schedule and constant promotion of our organization and journal. I believe this is an excellent strategy and as President, I will endeavor to apply his template within the context of my own extensive travel schedule. I will seek to promote joint meetings to increase our scientific perspectives and broaden our professional networks. Although these can be difficult to coordinate, we have had success in the past and I am willing to pursue this activity aggressively if the membership supports such an approach. Critical to continuing our clinical orientation, we must seek strategies and capitalize on our individual professional networks to increase recruitment of clinicians in all specialties. As specialization increases in medical care, Anatomy education is now expanding and serving many programs beyond the traditional medical and dental student pathways. This provides an outstanding opportunity for us to expand our breadth and membership. Although anatomical dissection remains the primary tool of our discipline, technology is also expanding our scope and provides excellent opportunities for educational research that remains a founding tenet of our organization. Our translational interests could serve patient advocacy groups and I believe this is worth investigating. Above all, our junior members deserve support and promotion. I envision spotlighting professional pursuits and accomplishments of individual junior members monthly on the AACA Facebook page and/or website. If elected, I will serve our organization to the best of my ability and consistent with the long and storied history of AACA.

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Brandi Schmitt (University of California Office of the President)

Biography: Brandi Schmitt, M.S., is the Executive Director of Anatomical Services for the University of California Office of the President.  Her primary role at UC includes facilitating education, research and the advancement of clinical care through UC’s Anatomical Donation Program (ADP) for its 17 health professions schools and 5 medical centers.  UC’s schools and centers collectively support the training of 8,000 medical students and residents each year.  Brandi’s leadership and oversight activities in the five UC ADP locations include system-wide standardization of operations, compliance and risk mitigation services, recommending guidelines for the ethical acquisition, use and disposition of anatomical materials used for education and research, and system-wide liaison for local, state and national regulatory and professional groups.  She interacts with UC leaders, clinicians, professors, researchers and students as well as the California State Universities, the California Community Colleges and numerous private entities and institutions whose allopathic, osteopathic and/or allied health education programs and research efforts rely on UC for its leadership in anatomical services.  Her role at the Office of the President has included work in risk mitigation, compliance, legal proceedings, contracting, outreach, regulatory liaisons, coordination, and decision-making, ethics and advisement services.

Brandi has worked for UC since 1997.  She served as Interim Director of UCLA’s Donated Body Program during 2006 & 2007.  Prior to her appointment at the Office of the President, she was Curator for the Donated Body Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM) as well as Laboratory Instructor for the UCD SOM’s Medical Gross Anatomy and undergraduate Gross Anatomy courses.  She came to UC from Loma Linda University’s Bodies for Science Program.  Brandi received her Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven and is currently on faculty in the UC Davis graduate program in Forensic Science.  She holds both embalmer and funeral director licenses in the State of California and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.   Brandi completed the 2014 UC Office of the President leadership program and in 2013 was awarded a UC Presidential Innovation and Impact Award.  Her academic interests include institutional whole-body donation programs, fatality management and emergency response, as well as the facilitation of research and education in the anatomical, forensic and clinical sciences.

Brandi is an active member of several UC campus anatomical specimen and tissue advisory and oversight committees as well as the health sciences representative for the UC system-wide Policy Advisory Committee since 2012.  In addition to the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), her professional association memberships also include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA).  She has held a position on the advisory board of the American River College Funeral Science program for 10 years.  Brandi has ten years of experience as a K9 handler for both the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) and the Alameda County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue Teams.  Many of her volunteer hours are spent as an instructor for these organizations to certify team members as Emergency Medical Responders.

Brandi has been an AACA member and active in the Anatomical Services group since 1999.  She has been elected as the Special Councilor for Anatomical Services for two consecutive terms and served the AACA as Technical Co-chair of the Anatomical Services Committee (ASC) since 2005.  Brandi has chaired the committee’s monthly calls; organized, planned and presented at annual symposia and a post-graduate course on behalf of the ASC for more than 10 consecutive years; and, presented her work in platform and poster presentations during the association’s annual meetings.  Brandi’s committee roles with the AACA during the past 15 years include appointments to the Nominating Committee, Meeting Oversight and Program Planning Committee, Annual Meeting Committee and several sub-committees.  She has also served frequently as a judge, mentor, annual meeting abstract reviewer, and guest reviewer for the AACA’s journal Clinical Anatomy.

Statement: I am honored to be on the ballot for the position of President-Elect and it would be my privilege to serve the AACA membership if I am elected.  I have held a council position for six years, which has provided valuable insight into the business operations of the association during an active and sometimes tumultuous period.  My tenure has been during the terms of council that have led the association through the financial difficulties we faced during the Great Recession, to renegotiation of our publishing contract, redirection of our interactions with our international sister organizations, through significant bylaws modifications and during the selection and retention of a new management group.  While we will continue to be attentive to these needs, I believe we are now more prepared to proactively address several other areas of importance to AACA members.  Some additional areas of focus include continuing efforts in membership recruitment and retention, enhancing educational opportunities and offering continuing education credits for meeting and course attendees, as well as ensuring the long-term financial stability of the association.  As the only national professional society with a formal group devoted to anatomical services, the AACA has directly contributed to my career by promoting professionalism and advancement in this field. Equally, the University of California has and will continue to support my time and efforts dedicated to the AACA. My history with the AACA, UC and anatomical services and sciences has prepared me well and I look forward to the opportunity to apply these experiences and my leadership skills to the needs of the AACA.

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Association Secretary (you will vote for one)

Peter Ward (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Peter Ward graduated from high school in Casper, Wyoming and attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Biology. In 1998, he began graduate school in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2002, he earned a M.S. degree based on muscular dystrophy research and then switched to start a Ph.D. in anatomy education. During his M.S. and Ph.D. years, Dr. Ward served as a graduate teaching assistant in human gross anatomy, medical histology, medical neuroscience, veterinary anatomy, veterinary histology and veterinary neuroscience. He was recognized as the department’s outstanding teaching assistant, received the Purdue University distinguished teaching assistant award, the Purdue graduate school excellence in teaching award, and was inducted into the Purdue Teaching Academy as an associate fellow. Dr. Ward’s doctoral research investigated the approaches to study used by students in a veterinary anatomy class, and how those approaches affected their academic success and recall.

In 2005, Dr. Ward graduated and accepted a position as assistant professor of anatomy at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. At WVSOM, Dr. Ward has contributed to teaching gross anatomy, histology, embryology, neuroscience, history of medicine, and musculoskeletal courses. He developed a 4th year anatomy elective that allows students to return to the anatomy laboratory and conduct a focused research project prior to starting their residency. Dr. Ward also served as course director for gross anatomy before the school moved to a longitudinal, presentation-based curriculum in 2012. As the chair of the curriculum committee from 2011-2017, he has been intimately involved in the construction and fine-tuning of the new curriculum at WVSOM. At WVSOM he has received: the Atlas Club Golden Key Award (presented by students), the Osteopathic Principles and Practices Integration Faculty Teaching Award, and the President’s Award of Faculty Excellence. Dr. Ward also teaches anatomy to Physician Assistant students at the University of Charleston and was selected as the University of Charleston PA program adjunct faculty member of the year twice. In 2016, Dr. Ward was selected as the winner of the Basmajian award from our sister society, the American Association of Anatomists. In 2017, Dr. Ward had the honor of being selected as one of the five finalists for the West Virginia Professor of the Year, with the selection to be announced in March of 2017.

Dr. Ward’s educational research program continues to use qualitative and quantitative methods to characterize how student approaches to study affect their achievement and recall of basic science course material. He has published his findings in Clinical Anatomy, Anatomical Sciences Education, and other journals dedicated to anatomy and education. Dr. Ward also mentors students in developing and researching topics related to clinical anatomy, leading to publications in the Journal of Anatomy, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and Clinical Anatomy. He has been an invited speaker on qualitative research methods in anatomy education research as well as the history of medicine. Amongst his contributions to texts and book chapters, Dr. Ward recently contributed the anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy content to the three volumes of The Netter Collection: The Digestive System, 2nd Ed.

In addition to service on institutional committees at WVSOM, Dr. Ward coordinates dissection-based anatomy retreats for faculty and students from Japanese Osteopathic schools, and is the director of the WVSOM plastination laboratory. Dr. Ward has also served the AACA as an at-large member of the AACA council, chair and member of the Educational Affairs Committee, member of the Brand Promotion and Outreach committee, Chair of the ad hoc strategic planning committee, and as a session moderator at AACA annual meetings.

Outside of work, Dr. Ward is extremely lucky to be the husband of Sarah Koressel, D.V.M. and the father of two wonderful but exhausting twin, 3.5-year-old sons.

Statement: It is a tremendous honor to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Secretary. I have seen the conscientious effort of H. Wayne Lambert in this position and I know that the time and energy he has expended has been of tremendous benefit to the organization. The secretary must balance the duties of keeping minutes, gathering comments from members, and presenting all those notes in a comprehensible and clear manner. While I know this will require a substantial commitment, I am anxious to contribute further to the AACA. This Association has been a source of constant help to me during my career and I have endeavored to give back in whatever way I can. I have twice served on the Council as a Councilor-at-Large and on a variety of other committees since I joined the Association in 2004 (that cannot have been 13 years ago, it just can’t…) and attended the meeting in Moraga, CA. I am cycling off my home institution’s curriculum committee after six years as chair, and can confidently state that I’ve spent that time honing many of the same skills that will be needed as Secretary. I will record the business of the Association accurately, represent the input of members to the Executive Council, and distribute minutes in a timely and concise manner. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to see you in Minneapolis! 

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Jonathan "Jon" Wisco (Brigham Young University)

Biography:  Dr. Jonathan J. Wisco is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Translational Anatomy of Degenerative Disease and Developmental Disorders, College of Life Sciences, Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology, and Neuroscience Center at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.  He is also Associate Director of the BYU MRI Research Facility.  Dr. Wisco holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Wisco’s research encompasses three primary themes: 1) improving diagnostic and prognostic technologies for Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, autism and schizophrenia; 2) understanding the anatomical etiology for dysphonia disorders and synovial joint injuries; and 3) examining the impact and role of service-learning through Anatomy Academy on the development of life-long learning skills at the undergraduate pre-professional, and graduate professional education levels. Dr. Wisco is currently the primary mentor for nearly 30 undergraduate students and four graduate students, and supervises the training of 80 teaching assistants for the BYU Human Anatomy course.

Dr. Wisco earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2004, and Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2003.  He completed postdoctoral work in Radiology at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA in 2006.  He was an Assistant and an Associate Professor of Integrative Anatomy at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) until 2012.

Statement: The AACA is family to me. Thank you for your collegiality and friendship. I have been mentored by many on Council and the Executive Committee who were willing to share their experiences and advice to help me succeed professionally and personally.  To be nominated to serve in the administrative and mentorship capacity as Association Secretary is an honor.  I would like to thank Dr. Greg Smith and the Nominating Committee for the nomination. 

Our Association is entering an exciting time of productivity and professional development as a result of the vision Council and the Executive Committee established in collaboration with our membership in recent years.  Our most recent mission statement expresses that “The American Association of Clinical Anatomists is the international home for the advancement of clinical anatomy knowledge and anatomical services through education, research and scholarship.” The quality of our annual meetings, mentoring relationships, and journal publications have all increased because, as an Association family, we have worked together to make the AACA our professional home. 

The Association Secretary plays a pivotal role in providing the communication thread that ties all Association activities together towards accomplishing objectives underlying the mission statement.  As our leadership and membership work together through effective communication, amazing things can happen.  I have witnessed that first hand working as a member or Chair of various committees including Financial Affairs, Career Development, Publicity ad hoc, Annual Meeting Planning, Meeting and Oversight Program Planning (MOPP), Regional Meeting Planning, Brand Promotion and Outreach. I can attest that we have incredible members collaborating for the betterment of our discipline and profession. The fruits of our labors are evident in the personal progress of our membership: It has been fun and exciting to see and hear of your successes, particularly at the annual and regional meetings. I have especially enjoyed the increased student involvement in the Association: Mentorship is the backbone of our Association’s vitality. I am committed to fostering those relationships. I am honored with the consideration to serve in the responsibility, capacity and tradition of being the voice and historian for the AACA membership and its leadership, as we work together to build and support our family.  We have many more exciting days ahead of us, and I would be privileged with the opportunity to help shape that future for AACA. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Special Councilor - Allied Health (you will vote for one)

Philip A. Fabrizio (Springfield Clinic/University of St. Augustine)

Biography: I began my career in Health Sciences and Education in 1987 after receiving a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. In an effort to strengthen my understanding of the musculoskeletal clinical continuum of care, I went back to school and received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University. My current role is split between being a physical therapist for the orthopedic group at Springfield Clinic and working toward a Doctor of Education program in an effort to further my passion and understanding in teaching.

Physical therapy has opened many doors for me including that of training and teaching in the anatomy laboratory and developing my role as a teacher. My career has always been a split role of clinician and academician. In addition to being a clinical preceptor, I taught courses gross anatomy, pathophysiology, ergonomics, and functional anatomy to physical therapy students and coordinated a series of anatomy and clinical education courses for practicing physical therapists. Serving on several consulting teams for new physical therapy programs has also helped me to reinforce the importance of clinical anatomy in allied health.


During my first term serving as the Special Councilor-Allied Health, I began to see the AACA more as a “support group” for everyone connected to clinical anatomy, including allied health professions. The strength of our organization lies in the people, the membership. Members come from all walks of life with varied experiences, but all sharing in the singular passion of clinical anatomy. Members are actively engaged in teaching and research in numerous settings including Allied Health programs. In the future, I would like to see the AACA continue to grow and continue to reach out to include those professionals teaching in all allied health curricula. In my travels, I am always astounded that so many of the anatomy teachers in allied health are unaware of the benefits and camaraderie offered by our organization. I would like to propose a greater effort to include more allied health anatomy teachers and researchers by actively promoting the AACA to the allied health programs. Continuing to improve our visibility will go a long way toward improving our membership and will also make us a stronger more comprehensive association. I am eager to play a role in furthering the presence of an organization that has given me so much.

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Gilbert "Gib" Willett (Creighton University School of Dentistry)

Biography: Gilbert “Gib” Willett is an Associate Professor at Creighton University. He received his B.S. in physical therapy (1987), M.S. in Anatomy (1994), and Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy (2006) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  He has taught orthopedic physical therapy and clinical anatomy courses for over 25 years. He has practiced clinical orthopedic physical therapy for 30 years.  He has received numerous teaching awards during this time. Most recently, he received the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions Physical Therapy Education Program Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his contributions to teaching, research, and clinical practice and the Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Jayne L. Snyder Leadership Award in 2009.  He has also been active in professional associations, examples include: 1) AACA Career Development Committee, 2) APTA – Nebraska State Chapter Manual Therapy Task Force, and 3) APTA House of Delegates –NE state delegate (elected).

Gib has been an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in orthopedic physical therapy for over 20 years. He has been a member of the APTA, the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association all for 20 years or longer.  

Dr. Willett’s research interests have focused on the areas of orthopedic physical therapy practice and the scholarship of teaching.  Recent allied health related research publications/presentations have included: An anatomical investigation of Ober’s test. (2016), 2) Web-based weight loss intervention improves pain reduction, sleep, and physical function in rural midlife and older women with arthritis. (2015), 3) Study Techniques and Course Resources That Lead to Success in a First-Year Medical Anatomy Course. (2014), and 4) Using Kirkpatrick’s Taxonomy of Training Criteria to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Continuing Education Course. (2014).


I feel it is a great honor to be nominated for the opportunity to serve as an AACA Allied Health Special Councilor. I have been a member of the AACA since 1999. As a member of the AACA Career Development Committee for the past three years, I have been involved with developing and promoting mentoring of AACA members as well as meeting planning. In addition, I have participated in poster judging and poster presentations. As an APTA member, I have held leadership roles including elected delegate for the national assembly, state task force member, and PT education program representative at national conferences. For more than 25 years, I have taught clinical anatomy to physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation science, dental, and medical students as well provided continuing education for physical therapy clinicians over the past 15 years. I believe involvement in professional organizations such as the AACA and APTA is essential for career and personal development. I would like to contribute by assisting the AACA in broadening its reach to health care professionals, including instructors, students, and clinicians. I feel my experience would be an asset for addressing allied health professions related issues. I am a team player and would work in whatever capacity the organization feels would be most useful for progressing and promoting its mission and goals. Thank you for considering me for the AACA Allied Health Special Councilor position.

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

Wayne Cottam (A. T. Still University's Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health)

Biography: Dr. Wayne Cottam is the Vice Dean for the A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH).  He was one of the founding administrators of the school, appointed as Director of Integrated Human Sciences to implement an innovative modular basic science curriculum, followed by an appointment as a Clinical Care Director, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and currently as Vice Dean.  In his current role, he oversees internal clinical and academic operations and community partnerships for the school as well as leading the senior administrative team.  Dr. Cottam also serves as a clinical faculty in the ASDOH clinic.  As Associate Dean for Community Partnerships he developed an extensive external rotation program, partnering with over 70 community and safety net clinics for ASDOH 4th year clinical rotations.  Dr. Cottam has taught Head and Neck Anatomy since coming to ASDOH and has received the outstanding faculty award 7 of the 12 years he has been at ASDOH. 

Prior to coming to ASDOH, Dr. Cottam was the Dental Director with Community Health Centers in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Dr. Cottam graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 and attended dental school at the Oregon Health Sciences University, graduating with honors in 1993. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University of Utah Hospital.  In 1995, he re-opened an Urban Indian Dental clinic and ran that program until joining Community Health Centers.  In 1998 he received a Master’s Degree in Anatomy from the University of Utah Medical School and served on the faculty in the Gross Anatomy course until taking the position in Arizona.

A member of AACA since 1999 Dr. Cottam values immensely his association with the members and the organization.  Dr. Cottam is a past President and currently serves on the Board of the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), a member and advocacy association serving oral heal providers in community health centers and safety net clinics around the country.  Besides the AACA, Dr. Cottam is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentistry, American Dental Education Association and the OKU Dental Honor Society.  He regularly serves as a Peer Reviewer for Clinical Anatomy and the Journal of Dental Education.

Dr. Cottam and his wife Marie have three daughters and one son.  He enjoys family road trips, hiking, backpacking and outdoor activities.

Statement:  I am honored to be considered as a Councilor-at-Large for the AACA.  I have valued and enjoyed immensely my membership in the Association and have benefited greatly from the associations that I have made with the members and colleagues.  I would welcome the opportunity to make more of a contribution to this organization.  Again, I am honored simply to be considered.

Of all of the professional roles that I have the privilege to have, none is more rewarding or more exciting to me than my role as an educator in anatomy.  I see teaching as a joy and a privilege.  I see the work of preparation and teaching as stimulating and rejuvenating.  The fact that my opportunity to teach comes within the context of such a wonderful and revered discipline as clinical anatomy is truly a blessing.  I have learned so much from my association with AACA members and from our conference and our journal and feel so fortunate to have found such a quality organization and members to call colleagues.  My teaching has become better and my energy constantly renewed through my association with the AACA.  I would truly be honored to give back and contribute in some small way. 

I do believe that I can bring a unique perspective to this position as an active administrator, dentist and anatomist and truly help further our purpose as Clinical Anatomists.

Thank you for the opportunity to be nominated.

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Anthony D'Antoni (CUNY School of Medicine - The City College of New York) 

Biography: Anthony V. D’Antoni, MS, DC, PhD is Clinical Professor and Director of Anatomy at the CUNY School of Medicine (New York, NY) where he is responsible for teaching clinical anatomy to medical and physician assistant students. Dr. D’Antoni has taught nursing, OT, DPT, DPM, DO, and MD students over a span of 15 years.

Dr. D’Antoni earned a BS degree in biology from Seton Hall University and went on to earn a MS degree in bacteriology from Wagner College. He earned a DC degree from the National University of Health Sciences, and was in private chiropractic practice for several years before becoming a full-time academician. He was awarded a PhD degree from the School of Health and Medical Sciences of Seton Hall University. He previously held the position of Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Anatomy at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (New York, NY).

Dr. D’Antoni believes in strong mentorship and currently has over 15 medical students in his research laboratory who actively pursuing scholarship in the field of clinical anatomy. His students have consistently presented their research at the AACA annual meetings and two have won the Sandy C. Marks, Jr. Student Poster Presentation Award for best student research posters (one in 2015 and one in 2013). In recent years, Dr. D’Antoni has investigated a broad array of topics that include a study of the branches of the vertebral arteries with emphasis on those emanating from the V3 segments (i.e., suboccipital artery of Salmon), variations and morphology of the fibular collateral ligament, deltoid ligament of the ankle, and bifurcate ligament of the foot. Additionally, he has investigated the three-dimensional morphology of the articular disc of the temporomandibular joint and triangular fibrocartilage complex of the wrist. These studies and others have been published in the journal Clinical Anatomy and others including the Journal of Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and the International Journal of Shoulder Surgery.

As a member of the AACA, Dr. D’Antoni enjoys viewing student research posters and hearing oral presentations at our annual conference in addition to talking with colleagues from around the world. Dr. D’Antoni is co-editor and book editor for our Association’s journal, Clinical Anatomy, and he has peer reviewed for journals such as The Spine Journal and BMC Medical Education. He has served on the editorial board of several journals including SpineLine and the Internet Journal of Medical Education. Dr. D’Antoni was the author for the ankle and foot chapter of the 41st edition of Gray’s Anatomy (published in 2016) and senior author of the variations of the foot muscles chapter in Bergman’s Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation, 1st edition, published by Wiley in 2016.

Statement: From the beginning of the organization in 1983, the AACA has recognized that clinical anatomists come from eclectic academic backgrounds and that teaching and research in clinical anatomy is both an art and science. Since I have taught anatomy to an eclectic group of health professional students, I would use my personal contacts as a springboard to encourage students and colleagues from these often underrepresented professions to come to our annual meeting and to become involved in our Association. This grass roots strategy would help get the “word out” about the uniqueness and importance of the AACA. As a clinician and anatomist, it would be an honor and privilege for me to continue to help shape the future of the Association as Councilor-at-Large.

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Lisa M. J. Lee (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Lisa MJ Lee, PhD, PA(ASCP)CM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Lee describes her first encounter with a prosected cadaver, in her freshman anatomy course in college, as a singular life altering event that started her path in anatomical sciences. Her 20-year journey to date started as an undergraduate TA in cadaver dissection lab where she developed a passion for teaching. Through her PhD training in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa, she was engaged in anatomical sciences education and also acquired new sets of expertise in microscopy, histology, embryology and pathology.

Dr. Lee describes her first faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology at Creighton University as a “critical growth spurt phase”. On a daily basis, Dr. Lee was engaged in the application of her anatomical sciences expertise in the clinical practice of autopsy, surgical specimen grossing, pathology lab management and graduate medical education. Through this experience, Dr. Lee gained a new subject expertise in Pathology and honed her skills in the clinical approach to integrated anatomical sciences education.  It was also during her time in the clinical world of Pathology that Dr. Lee acquired Board Certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant (PA(ASCP)CM) so that she would be better equipped to serve as a physician extender and a more clinically oriented educator of anatomical sciences.

Dr. Lee was then recruited to the Ohio State University College of Medicine where she taught clinically oriented histology, embryology and gross anatomy to medical, dental and graduate students.  During her time at OSU is when she started her AACA membership and she credits this moment in her career as a “turning point” in her development as an educational researcher and a scholar.  Inspired and encouraged by the AACA resources and mentoring, Dr. Lee developed her first online virtual histology laboratory and set out to investigate and identify effective human-computer interaction protocols, processes, and platforms for desired learning outcome.

In 2012, Dr. Lee was recruited to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, her current academic home. Here, she continues to teach histology, embryology and gross anatomy in a clinically oriented and integrated way to medical, dental and graduate students. At CU, Dr. Lee developed a new virtual histology laboratory on a new platform with an innovative set of instructor simulator tools.  Dr. Lee continues to engage in her educational research and scholarship endeavors to fulfill her overarching career goal of making anatomical sciences education accessible, impactful and long-lasting.  In her journey thus far, Dr. Lee was recognized for her excellence in teaching with Chancellor’s Teaching Award (at CU), Excellence in Teaching Award (at OSU) and Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching (at U of Iowa).  She has over 20 peer-reviewed publications, authored a histology text, contributed in 4 other texts, created 2 virtual histology laboratories available for free access, over 47 peer-reviewed abstract publications and 9 grants that funded much of her educational projects.  Dr. Lee has mentored and advised over 60 students in her career, many of whom attended and presented their work at AACA annual meetings and have gone on to pursue careers in health care, anatomical sciences and education. 

Statement: Anatomical Sciences and education have been at the core of my passion, life and professional identity for a long time. Despite the long-term love and passion in anatomy and education, they only started to mature and bear fruit only after I joined AACA in 2008, and encountered all the resources and mentors through the big network of AACA family members.  My personal and professional development has never been the same since then and I am forever indebted to this extended anatomy family for my ability to… essentially live a dream! I am thus humbled, grateful and excited for this nomination to serve as a Councilor-at-Large; for it is an opportunity to “pay-it-back-and-forward” in some way.  During my time with AACA, I had the honor of serving as a local host committee member in 2011 and 2013, I served as a Financial Affairs Committee member between 2011 and 2015, then a Councilor-at-Large since 2014 until now. During my time of service in AACA, I was lucky enough to be the voice of the membership and to have witnessed some critical transitions and decisions being made; such as the change in professional management company and the recent contract renewal with Wiley publications that was spearheaded by our current President, Dr. Neil Norton.  These big and other small achievements in the past several years have now positioned us in a positive and an exciting point in AACA history, in terms of its impact on the field and growth potential.  If I am so lucky to be re-elected, I would be honored to help in any way possible to carry this momentum forward for the organization. I will continue to reach out and listen to the members, and be OUR voice to the Council so that AACA continues to be the home of the diverse community of clinical anatomists, educators, students, service providers and staff alike.  

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Alan Richards (University of Nebraska School of Medicine)

Biography:  Alan Richards was born in South Africa. He completed his medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, where he graduated as a doctor. After his internship, he spent a year doing compulsory military service. He then embarked on surgical training at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School and teaching hospitals, completing his residency in 1975. He was awarded the Miller Postgraduate Prize in Surgery. After taking his examinations, he was Board Certified in General Surgery with both the College of Surgeons of South Africa and also with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Great Britain. In 1980 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr Richards then super-specialized in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery. From 1982- 1997 he was Chief of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at the main teaching hospital in Johannesburg. He was elected Chairman of the South African Head and Neck Oncology Society, a position he held for 7 years. He also ran a very busy private surgical practice, at the same time remaining an active part time member of the University Surgery Department, where he taught numerous Medical Students and Residents.

In 1997 Dr Richards immigrated with his family to the USA and has been living in Omaha, Nebraska for the past 20 years. He was initially recruited by Creighton University as an Attending Surgeon (Associate Professor) and Program Director for the surgery residents. Because of his interest in Head and Neck Surgery, he was also recruited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center to become an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Head and Neck Surgery (Associate Professor), and remained in this position until his retirement in 2014. This is currently the 5th biggest Head and Neck unit in the USA. For several years he was the UNMC representative on the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

After retiring Dr Richards joined the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is currently employed as Associate Professor. He is heavily engaged with teaching Gross Anatomy to Medical, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant students.

Since arriving in the USA, Alan has received several awards. These include 2 Golden Apple Awards and the Award for the Best Teacher for Surgical Residents at Creighton University Medical Center. He also received the Student Senate award for the Most Distinguished Teacher in 2016, and the Valor in Teaching Award from the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2017

Amongst his publications are book chapters on hernias in Greenfields Principles of Surgery, American College of Surgeons Textbook of Surgery and Cameron’s Current Surgery. He contributed a chapter on “Surgical Exposures of the Nerves of the Neck” In Sunderland’s Nerves and Nerve Injuries (Ed. Shane Tubbs).

Dr Richards and his wife, Karen, have 2 sons. Karen is a Landscape Designer and Horticulturist. Trevor is doing his Masters in Sports Administration at Central Washington University, where he is also the Rugby Coach. Michael is in Navy Special Operations in San Diego.

Statement: I feel honored to be nominated for the position of Councilor at Large for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. I became a member of AACA in 2000 and have benefited greatly from this professional association, making many good friendships and learning a huge amount about Anatomy.

I was elected Clinical Councilor from 2009-2012. In 2012, I was Editor for a Special Edition of Clinical Anatomy on the head and neck. I have also served on the Editorial Board for Clinical Anatomy since 2013. I am currently a member of the CAT (Committee on Anatomical Terminology) for AACA, which is an International Committee working on plain English definitions of Anatomical Terms for use worldwide. The aim is to have a specific, understandable, concise definition for each term, which will avoid confusion and talking at cross purposes.

Since becoming a member of AACA, I have attended conferences and given floor presentations and poster presentations at several, including one at Cambridge, England and Graz, Austria.  AACA is a dynamic organization which is continually improving and developing. It is a very effective bridge between Anatomy and Clinical Medicine and Surgery. I would be honored, if elected as Councilor at Large, to be able to contribute to the running of the Association.

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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 2017 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 Past President, Dr. Brian MacPherson (, before midnight Eastern Standard Time (GMT minus 5 hours) on April 9th. 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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