Treasurer (you will vote for one)
-Tom Gest
-Craig Goodmurphy

Special Councilor (you will vote for one)
-Wayne Cottam
-Robert Spinner

Councilor-at-Large (you will vote for two)
-Anne Gilroy
-Soo Kim
-Peter Ward

Article VII - Nominations and Elections

Treasurer (you will vote for one)

Tom Gest (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)

Biography: Dr. Thomas “Tom” Gest is a Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Medical Education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L Foster School of Medicine.  Dr. Gest joined Texas Tech in 2013 from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he served as Director of their Anatomical Donations Program for 13 years.  Dr. Gest is a dedicated teacher who has received nine teaching awards and has published seven textbooks of anatomy, as well as numerous articles, abstracts, software packages, and web sites for anatomy and embryology.

Statement: My involvement with AACA stretches back nearly 30 years, and during those years I have tried to be active and involved in the organization, through service on several standing and ad hoc committees, and as a Councilor.  I would welcome the opportunity to serve the AACA in the role of Treasurer.  Our past Treasurers have left large shoes to fill, and I would endeavor to continue the practices that have placed the AACA in solid financial standing.

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Craig Goodmurphy (Eastern Virginia Medical School)

Biography: Dr. Craig Goodmurphy is currently a Professor and Vice Chair of the Anatomy and Pathology Department at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk Virginia. He also serves as the Human Anatomy Programs Director, Medical Anatomy Course Director, and runs the Clinical Anatomy and Surgical Training Center and the plastination lab. Dr. Goodmurphy is also a champion in the integrated 4 year Ultrasound Curriculum at EVMS.  Beyond his many teaching and administrative roles he continues to make a global impact in the world of Anatomy by creating the freely available Anatomy Guy website ( that offers open access to over 450 vertically integrated educational videos with surgical, non-surgical and imaging based materials. The site is used thousands of times per month and has active users in over 196 countries. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Dr. Goodmurphy is someone that is known for investing in his community at all levels and was awarded the Hampton Roads Health Care Hero Award, Top 40 under 40, and an Outstanding Partners award by the Virginia Beach Public School Board since coming to EVMS in 2006.  Dr. Goodmurphy has shown this esprit de community since joining the AACA in 1996. From his first meeting in Omaha as a Masters Student he teamed up with the late Bob Acland to develop and deliver the first Young Anatomist Event in Lexington Kentucky which has endured and morphed into the Career Development Committee.

Dr. Goodmurphy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and his Master’s Degree in Anatomy at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of some anatomy greats including Betty Atkinson, Charles Sloneker and Wayne Vogl.  He started his AACA membership in 1996 at the Omaha meeting. Craig then went on to University of Michigan Medical school as an instructor where he was recruited to begin his Ph.D. Dr. Goodmurphy completed his Ph.D. as the first Ph.D. Graduate of St. George’s University where he was simultaneously teaching full time and serving as the director of Athletics. His research interests are in Ultrasound Education, Medical Imaging and clinical integration. He is currently a Co PI on two grants including a 1.2 million dollar GE education grant for integrating Ultrasound into a 4 year Curriculum and a 75K RSNA Grant for developing an online undergraduate Medical Imaging Curriculum.

Statement: I am humbly honored to be nominated as the AACA treasurer. If elected I will promise to continue injecting my sense of community into every task as Treasurer so as to best benefit the family I have come to know as the AACA.  Those that have worked with me before know of my drive to ensure excellence in outcome while still preserving joy and a collegial and open environment for new ideas. For those that I have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with I can certainly promise to execute my duties as Treasurer to full effect while looking for the next growth possibilities for our Society.  

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Special Councilor - Clinical (you will vote for one)

Wayne Cottam (ATSU’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 currently practices ½ day per week as a contract dentist for the Indian Health Services in Phoenix and 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.

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 Clinical Councilor 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.

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Rob Spinner (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota)

Biography: Robert J. Spinner, MD, is chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is the Burton M. Onofrio, MD Professor of Neurologic Surgery and a Professor of Orthopedics and Anatomy.  He is chair of the Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee at Mayo. He is board certified in both orthopedics and neurosurgery.  His clinical practice is limited to peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Spinner completed full residency programs in orthopedics (Duke University) and neurosurgery (Mayo Clinic) and a 1 year peripheral nerve fellowship with David Kline and a 6 month traveling fellowship to several international centers as a Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cushing Fellow. He has contributed more than 500 publications and has given over 800 presentations in his subspecialty. He has served as the President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the Sunderland Society (a multidisciplinary, international peripheral nerve group).

Rob has regularly attended and presented at AACA meetings since 1989. He has served the AACA in numerous capacities, including his recent stint as Clinical Councilor (2013-present).  He has received awards from AACA over the years, including the Student/Resident Research Award (1989) and the Presidential Award (2005).  He is most proud that his mentees have earned the Predoctoral Award (2002), Ralph Ger Resident Award (2008), and the Keith Moore Black Box Award (2014). He has served as Associate Editor (2001-2002), Co-Editor (2002-2012), and Senior Editor (2012-present) of Clinical Anatomy.  He has published more than 60 papers in Clinical Anatomy.

Statement: While my practice is peripheral nerve surgery, my devotion is to clinical anatomy – seeking anatomic explanations for clinical disorders, and sharing my love of anatomy to others.  I learned this from my late father Morton Spinner, MD and his mentor, Emanuel Kaplan, MD, both hand surgeons and anatomists. I have been a loyal member and contributor to the AACA and Clinical Anatomy for 25 years.  I hope to continue to represent and recruit clinicians into our Clinical Anatomy society as a clinical councilor.

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

Anne Gilroy (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Biography: Anne Gilroy is an Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy in the Department of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She earned a Master’s Degree in wildlife biology from San Jose State University in 1980 and subsequently worked for a variety of state and federal agencies in California and New Mexico. In 1985, she relocated to Massachusetts where she focused on teaching anatomy, first at Worcester State College, and in 1989, as a clinical anatomist at UMass Medical School where she has remained for the last 27 years.  Although her previous primary appointments were in the Departments of Surgery and Cell & Developmental Biology, she has recently moved to the newly created Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology. She also serves as the Director of Anatomy and Imaging Resources for the medical school’s Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS).

During her tenure at UMMS, Anne has played a significant role in the coordination and teaching of anatomy. Currently, she supervises the human gross anatomy program as one of four co-directors of the integrated Development, Structure and Function course for first year medical students. She also created a longitudinal program in clinical anatomy that offers opportunities for students throughout the medical school curriculum including postgraduate programs for residents in five surgical subspecialties. Her commitment to medical education has been recognized by medical students with an Outstanding Medical Educator Award (annually since 1994), by the Dean’s Office with the Educational Achievement Award (2005) and by the University with the Lamar Soutter Award (2009). In 2008, she co-authored the Thieme Atlas of Anatomy, now in its third edition, and in 2012 authored Thieme’s Anatomy-An Essential Textbook. Over the past four years she has also became involved with the efforts of the UMass Office of Global Health to re-establish a modern medical school curriculum at D.M. Dogliotti Medical School in Monrovia, Liberia.In that role, she supervises the teaching of anatomy, mentors local faculty, oversees the curriculum, and coordinates visiting faculty.

Statement: The AACA has been a constant presence in my professional life since I began a career as a medical educator in 1989. I am enormously grateful for the opportunities for learning, networking, and intellectual and professional growth that it has provided over the years.  I’ve consistently attended annual meetings and postgraduate courses and participated in many AACA symposia as director or invited speaker. I have had the honor of serving the organization as a Councilor-at-Large (1995-1997 and 2013-2016), and as a member of the Nominating Committee (1994-1996 and 2003-2004), the Membership Committee (1997-2000), and the Financial Affairs Committee (2008-2009). In addition, I helped to establish and served as chair of the Career Development Committee (2001-2008).

When I first joined the AACA community, the field of “clinical anatomy” was still in its early stages. Anatomists were struggling to integrate clinical content into the basic science of medical school curricula, and there were serious concerns about the aging population of anatomy faculty. Today the opportunities for integrating anatomy with other basic sciences, collaborating with a diverse array of clinical partners, and embracing the most recent innovative technologies are limitless. I’m proud of the growth and stability I see within the AACA as it supports these efforts of its membership and in doing so promotes quality research and fosters a new generation of anatomists. It’s been my privilege to be part of this growth. As an experienced educator and passionate anatomist, I believe that as a Councilor-at-Large I can continue to assist the AACA in maintaining this momentum.  It would be an honor to serve the organization in this capacity.

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Soo Kim (University of Saskatchewan)

Biography: Soo Kim is an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan. She received her B.Sc. PT and later her PhD from the University of Toronto. During her years as a clinician, she developed expertise in sports medicine and a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation.  

Currently as a faculty member and clinical anatomist, Soo 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 and electromyography.  She is also a lead member of the Fibromyalgia Cochrane Review Team.

Soo has been an anatomy instructor for medical and physical therapy students at both the University of Toronto and Saskatchewan.  For the Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at the University of Saskatchewan, she has developed and taught applied anatomy and orthopedic assessment courses.  Given her training in medical imaging, Soo is also responsibility of overseeing and teaching the medical imaging content of the MPT curriculum. Funded through a media grant, Soo recently developed an instructional video series demonstrating musculoskeletal assessment skills, which is being used in all musculoskeletal courses in the program.  She has been awarded numerous teaching awards such as the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Physical Therapy (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015) and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Medicine in 2014.

From 2012-2015, Soo served as the chair of the Curriculum Committee for the School of Physical Therapy, and in 2015, she organized a comprehensive multi-year review of the entire curriculum.   For the past five years, she has been the chair of the Musculoskeletal Subcommittee and is an advisor on the Admissions Committee for Gross Anatomy pre-requisites.  Since 2014, Soo has been the provincial chair for the Clinical Test Development Group of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

Statement: I have been an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for the past ten years.  Having been a member both as a graduate student and early career academic, I know firsthand how vital the AACA can be to the success of a clinical anatomist.   I am so grateful for the support and advice I have received from members of the association over the years and whenever possible advocate the AACA to students and colleagues with relevant research and teaching interests.  

To date, I have served on the Membership (2008-2009) and Career Development Committees (2012-2013).  In 2014, I was the chair of Career Development Committee. The experiences I gained have been invaluable in learning what members are seeking to gain from the annual meetings and programs.

I am honored to receive this nomination.  If elected as a Councilor-at-Large 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.  

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Peter Ward (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Biography: Peter J. Ward is an Associate Professor of Anatomy at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), located in the rolling hills of Lewisburg, WV. Since joining the faculty at WVSOM, he has had the privilege to contribute to courses in gross anatomy, histology, embryology, neuroscience, medical history, a clinical anatomy elective, as well as all anatomy and neuroanatomy dissection labs. For the last seven years, Peter has coordinated a dissection-based anatomy training session with faculty and students from two Japanese Osteopathic schools, bringing them to the United States for an intensive laboratory experience. He has had the good fortune to have received teaching awards from faculty for integrating clinical and biomedical science content, from students for teaching efficacy, and from the administration for overall faculty contribution to the school.

For the last five years, he has chaired the WVSOM curriculum committee, steering it through the transition from a traditional curricular design to a longitudinal, presentation-based curriculum. Peter is also the Director of the WVSOM plastination facility. Peter has established an educational research program using qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how students study and how faculty can drive them to adopt high-recall learning approaches. He also publishes short studies of the clinical relevance of various anatomical structures. He recently had the honor to contribute to two iconic anatomical textbooks: The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations – Digestive System, 2nd Ed. (3 volumes) and Bergman’s Comprehensive Textbook of Human Anatomic Variations, 1st Ed.

Peter was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. During junior high and high school he had the luck to take Latin, coursework that unknowingly prepared him for a career as an anatomist. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working in a yeast genetics laboratory before graduating in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Biology. Peter entered graduate school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1998. While completing his Master’s work on molecular signaling in skeletal muscle, he took a medical gross anatomy course and was immediately fascinated with the profound and beautiful chaos of the body. He switched gears from bench research to begin a Ph.D. in anatomy education, teaching in both human and veterinary medical programs. His doctoral research examined how the approaches to study used by students affected their academic success and recall of anatomical information. After graduation in 2005, he accepted his current position at WVSOM and has settled in nicely with his wife, Sarah Koressel. They also have twin sons, Dashiell and Archer, who allow Peter to indulge in playing Star Wars without feeling overly self-conscious. 

Statement: I have benefitted tremendously from membership in the American Association of Clinical Anatomists during graduate school and throughout the first decade of my career. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated to serve the association again as a Councilor-at-Large, having done so previously from 2011-2014. The AACA is special in the way it brings together basic scientists, clinicians, anatomical service professionals, and other members from different departments and degree programs. This diversity is easily seen in our membership, our leadership, and our journal. There is space at our meetings and in our journal, Clinical Anatomy, for rigorous translational research, evidence-based pedagogy, review articles, historical scholarship, and opinion letters that all help address the problems that perplex our members. I am proud to have contributed to some of the committees (Educational Affairs, Brand Promotion and Outreach, several ad hoc subcommittees) whose efforts have allowed the AACA to grow but maintain its distinctive camaraderie. Moving ahead, the association will need to increase its reach internationally, craft useful resources for members as they pursue promotion and/or tenure, continue support of the journal Clinical Anatomy and our annual meeting, and engage junior members in the organization so that new problems can be readily identified and effectively remedied. Thank you very much for your time.

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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 annual 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 before midnight Eastern Time (GMT minus 5 hours) of March 31st. When additional valid nominations have been received from the membership, the Association Secretary shall 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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