Stephen Carmichael

Stephen W. Carmichael, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Honored Member 2020

Stephen Carmichael, after earning an A.B. degree (with Honors in Biology) at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and obtaining a Ph.D. in Anatomy at Tulane University in New Orleans, took up a position in the Department of Anatomy at West Virginia University in Morgantown for 11 years.

He moved to Mayo Clinic in 1982 where he held a number of positions including Associate Professor then Professor of Anatomy, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. Stephen has been a member of 22 scientific societies including President of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairpersons, the Histochemical Society and Mayo Chapter of Sigma Xi. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Anatomists, Councilor of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Anatomy, the official journal of the AACA.  Stephen has been the recipient of several awards including Teacher of the Year at West Virginia University School of Medicine and Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, R. Benton Adkins, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (AACA), Distinguished Member Award (Anatomical Society of Southern Africa), Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, and “Volunteer of the Year" (Courage Alpine Skiers).

His research interests include the adrenal chromaffin cell as a model neuron and he has published 160 papers and authored 7 books on this topic plus one book on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (co-authored with his wife, Susan Stoddard).  Stephen’s teaching interests include gross anatomy, developmental (embryology) and microscopic anatomy (histology).  He currently is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic.  He is honored to be selected to be the AACA Honored Member for 2020.