Anatomical Services Committee Symposium

"HIPAA Compliance and the Use of PHI in Anatomical Donation, Education and Research"

Tuesday, July 10, 2018; 1:00- 2:30 PM


What is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and how does it apply to anatomical donations? The Anatomical Services Committee symposium will address this question and those related to the collection, use and dissemination of donor data from both compliance and ethical points of view.   If you have ever wondered if the Privacy Rule applies to your program operations, if the data you collect or disseminate for education and research constitutes Protected Health Information (PHI), or what types of information you can receive from a donation program for your teaching and research activities, the ASC is providing a forum for our expert speakers to breakdown the applicable regulations and discuss implications of using donor data in academic activities.  During this symposium, attendees will learn about collecting, protecting and disseminating data and will have an opportunity to have their questions answered during a moderated Q & A session.  If you wish to submit any questions in advance of the session, please contact David Conley: or Brandi Schmitt:


Thomas H. Champney, Ph.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Thomas H. Champney earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. His research investigated the role of the pineal gland and its hormone melatonin on integrative physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware investigating reproductive physiology and then accepted a faculty position at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine. He spent 18 years at Texas A&M University teaching anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy to medical students while publishing over 50 research manuscripts on melatonin’s role in endocrinology, epilepsy and immune regulation. He also provided lectures on scientific ethics to graduate students and served on the Texas A&M University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

In 2003, Dr. Champney moved to St. George’s University in Grenada where he taught first year medical students histology and created a scientific ethics course that was required for all biomedical graduate students. In addition, he reviewed grants for the Office of Research Integrity that funded projects in research ethics and collaborated with investigators on objectives for research ethics courses. In 2008, he spent one year in Zurich, Switzerland, and attended seminars at the Biomedical Ethics program at the University of Zurich.

Dr. Champney accepted a faculty position at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in 2009 to teach first year medical students gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy. In 2010, he took over the coordination of the South Florida Willed Body Program for the State Anatomical Board. In addition, he joined the University’s Ethics Program (now the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy). He helps teach the Responsible Conduct of Research course as well as teaching in a graduate level Research Ethics course. He has also written a module for the online ethics education program (CITI) on conflicts of commitment and conscience. He publishes commentaries on the ethical use of human tissues, notably the use of willed bodies, and is a member of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) Medical Humanities and Ethics group.


Zane D Wagner
University of Minnesota

Zane Wagner is an attorney and a compliance officer at the University of Minnesota, where he works on privacy regulations and health law. Zane promotes HIPAA compliance by helping researchers, educators, and administrations understand the need for privacy and security efforts at every level of the organization. Drawing on his background in law and technology, he connects the dots between privacy policies and the day-to-day collection, use, and disclosure of health information.

Zane is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Minnesota Law School. He holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials from the IAPP. In his spare time, he enjoys programming and brewing beer.


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