Ballot

2019 AACA BALLOT

 

President-Elect - Term 2019 - 2021 (you may vote for one)
Treasurer (Unopposed)
Anthony D'Antoni
Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Nirusha Lachman
Natalie Langley
Estomih Mtui

President - Elect - Term 2019 - 2021 (you may vote for one)
Tom Gest (Central Michigan University College of Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Thomas Gest is a Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Medical Education at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, having recently relocated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine to be closer to his family in Michigan.Dr. Gest currently teaches anatomy and embryology within a clinical scheme based integrated curriculum. Dr. Gest has served as a member of the Federative International Programme for Anatomical Terminology since 2012, and he currently serves as the Coordinator of the Gross and Clinical Anatomy Working Group of FIPAT. 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, as committee chair, councilor, and as the current Treasurer for the AACA. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the AACA in the role of President. Our organization serves the important role in promoting the best practices of clinical anatomy, and we should strive to help our colleagues around the world in their efforts to teach and perform research in anatomy, ethically accommodate anatomical donors, assimilate current anatomical terminologies, and build fruitful careers in clinical anatomy.  My goal as President of AACA will be to help our members to harvest the greatest benefit possible from their membership in our organization, and to promote our organization and the science of clinical anatomy worldwide.

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Jon Wisco - (Boston University School of Medicine.)

Biography:  Dr. Jonathan J. Wisco is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Translational Anatomy of Degenerative Diseases and Developmental Disorders, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. The lab is interested in the anatomical validation of innovative neuroimaging and surgical techniques related to Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology, and to vocal fold structural physiology. 

In addition to basic science research, Dr. Wisco directs the national program, Anatomy Academy. The program was established in 2012 to teach anatomy, physiology and nutrition concepts to elementary school children as an effort to combat the obesity epidemic through educational intervention, and to inspire kids to pursue science as a career. 

Dr. Wisco is interested in the educational scholarship of service-learning as an engaged learning pedagogical technique.

Statement: I am privileged to be associated with you – a society of extraordinarily talented individuals. We are clinical anatomists – content and skill experts in fields of medicine rooted in the anatomical sciences. We are mentors – advisors to one another in vertical and horizontal relationships that help add value to our respective careers. We are a community – individuals across the world working and supporting one another in a network to magnify the discipline of clinical anatomy to scientific and non-scientific audiences. I am most proud of the fact that above all else, we care – about our discipline, and about each other. For these reasons, I am honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect.

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. 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, and most recently the Clinical Anatomy Certification Program Committee. 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.

The backbone of our success as clinical anatomists, mentors and community is the mentoring relationships that have been formed and are sustained through our various interest groups. We gather at annual and regional meetings to invigorate those relationships. I have especially enjoyed the increased student involvement in the Association and am committed to fostering those relationships. I am also dedicated to strengthening our relationships with our sister anatomical sciences societies, and fostering ties with clinical, education, and art societies.

I am honored with the consideration to serve in the responsibility, capacity and tradition of representing the AACA to do our most important work – strengthening our core of members and building bridges with our colleagues. We have a bright future ahead. Thank you so much for your consideration

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Treasurer (Unopposed)
Anthony D'Antoni (Weill Cornell Medicine - New York, NY)

Biography: Anthony V. D’Antoni, MS, DC, PhD is Assistant Professor of Anatomy in Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine (New York, NY) where he is responsible for teaching clinical anatomy to medical students and physician assistant students. Previously, Dr. D’Antoni held a full-time administrative position as a Program Manager of the Immunogenomics and Precision Oncology Platform at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he oversaw a multi-million dollar budget. Dr. D’Antoni has taught clinical anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroanatomy, physiology, and research methodology to nursing, OT, DPT, DPM, DO, and MD students for over 20 years. He is currently a Councilor-at-Large of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) and has served two consecutive terms since 2014.

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 began his career as a clinical microbiologist in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY while also teaching microbiology in the evenings at a local college. He moved to Chicago and earned a BS degree in human biology and DC degree from the National University of Health Sciences. He returned to New York and was in private chiropractic practice for several years before becoming a full-time academician. After chiropractic school, he matriculated in a doctoral program and was awarded a PhD degree in Health Sciences from the School of Health and Medical Sciences of Seton Hall University. He has held the position of Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Anatomy at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and Clinical Professor and Director of Anatomy at the CUNY School of Medicine.

Dr. D’Antoni believes in strong mentorship and has trained over 50 medical students in his research laboratory, all of whom actively pursued scholarship in the field of clinical anatomy. His students have consistently presented their research at the AACA annual meetings; two have won the Sandy C. Marks, Jr. Student Poster Presentation Award and one has won the Ralph Ger Student Platform Presentation Award. 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 many others have been published in the journal Clinical Anatomy, Journal of Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, International Journal of Shoulder Surgery, among others.

As a longstanding member of the AACA, Dr. D’Antoni enjoys reading 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 former book editor for our Association’s journal, Clinical Anatomy, and he has peer reviewed for other 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 editor of the ankle and foot chapter of the 41st edition of Gray’s Anatomy (published in 2016) and is currently editing the same chapter for the 42nd edition. He has authored over 40 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. He was 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. Currently, he is editing the upcoming Special Issue on Medical and Dental Education for the journal Clinical Anatomy.

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. I was lucky to have found a home with the AACA early in my academic career and I have been a proud member for many years. I am currently completing my second term as a Councilor-at-Large, a position that I have served in since 2014. With my colleagues, we are excited to be hosting the AACA 2020 Annual Meeting at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. We have been actively planning the meeting with the AACA leadership. I would like to continue serving on the Council as Treasurer. As former Project Portfolio Manager for the Immunogenomics and Precision Oncology Platform (IPOP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I was responsible for an annual budget of 7 million dollars. I collaborated with the IPOP leadership to manage projects from development to completion. In this capacity, I managed project teams of clinicians and scientists, and acted as a central point-of-contact for all assigned projects. Additionally, I managed business development efforts by interacting with industry collaborators on behalf of the IPOP team. I believe this experience would serve the AACA well if I am elected Treasurer. Thank you.

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Special Councilor - Clinical (you may vote for one)
Alan Richards (University of Nebraska Medical Center)

Biography: I was born in South Africa and attended Medical School at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where I graduated as a medical doctor in 1966. My year of compulsory Military Service was performed the year after my internship. This was followed by Residency Training in General Surgery for the next 7 years, following which I passed the Board Certification examinations. I also became Board Certified with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Britain and was made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

I underwent super-specialization training in Head and Neck oncological surgery for 5 years. I practiced as a General Surgeon/Head and Neck Surgeon until I emigrated to the USA with my family in 1997. I was heavily involved with teaching students and residents during this time.

I was recruited by Creighton University Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Surgery. During this time, I was appointed Residency Program Director. In 2000 I was recruited as a Head and Neck Surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. At both institutions I was involved with teaching Medical Students and with training Surgical Residents.

I have received several awards during this time for teaching. These include 2 Golden Apples, Surgical Residents award for best Teacher from Creighton, Distinguished Teacher award by Medical Students at UNMC and The Valor in Education Award from UNMC.

I was an Attending Surgeon in the Head and Neck Oncology Unit at UNMC for14 years. This unit is the 5th biggest Head and Neck Unit in the USA dealing with a large volume of patients. In 2014 I retired from surgical practice.

Since 2014 I have been involved with teaching Gross Anatomy to Medical Students, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Students at UNMC. My position is that of Associate Professor.

Statement: I practiced surgery for over 40 years and retired in 2014. Being a surgeon automatically involves one with anatomy. After retiring I was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where I currently teach students. In 2000 I became a Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. I have attended many association conferences since that time. From 2007 -2010 I was Clinical Councilor for AACA. From 2017 till present I have been Councilor at Large for AACA. I have had the honor of being nominated for the position of Clinical Councilor for the forthcoming AACA election. If elected I will strive to bring the association to the notice of clinicians and try to get more of them involved with the association. I have been a member of the Clinical Anatomy Terminology (CAT) Committee for several years, and would continue with this as I enjoy it immensely.

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Koichi Watanabe - (Kurume University School of Medicine)

Biography: I am a plastic surgeon and clinical anatomist from Japan, completed a fellowship in clinical anatomy in the United States, and serves as an editorial board member for our Journal, Clinical Anatomy. I am an associate professor in the Division of Gross and Clinical Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Kurume University School of Medicine. My memberships to professional societies include the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Japanese Research Society of Clinical Anatomy, the Japanese Association of Anatomists, and the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

I have dedicated my entire career to clinical anatomy and plastic surgery as an expert in head and neck reconstructive, flap, and trauma surgery. I conduct anatomical research that has included the vascular distribution of skin flaps and new operative techniques related to plastic surgery. I supervise graduate and medical students in clinically oriented anatomical research. One of my passions in both surgery and research is facial soft tissue anatomy and the development of new operations and medical devices to improve patient care. In the field of clinical anatomy, I have published over 50 articles, various book chapters (e.g., Gray’s Anatomy 42nd edition, Bergman’s Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation) and serve as editor for textbooks such as the recently published Anatomy for Plastic Surgery of the Face, Head, and Neck, which has now been translated into multiple languages.

Statement: I am very honored to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as a Special Clinical Councilor. The AACA is one of only a few groups in the world that emphasizes the anatomical sciences from a clinical perspective. However, we continue to be a small light in the darkness and our discipline is continually being ‘downsized’ more and more in medical, dental and other health-related curricula around the globe. Therefore, our ‘light’ needs to go beyond the walls of our annual meeting and make its way to all corners of the globe. This will undoubtedly make our group stronger. With this, to develop clinical anatomy and our Association, it is very important to bolster our group with clinicians who are in the trenches teaching future generations of physicians, in the laboratory actively performing anatomical research that is clinically relevant and treating patients. This type of clinical anatomist is well poised to contribute meaningfully to the future development of the AACA and serve as a spokesperson for what clinical anatomy is all about and how utterly critical it is for the competent clinician. This will be my focus and commitment if elected Clinical Councilor.

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Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Nirusha Lachman (Mayo Clinic)

Biography: Nirusha Lachman PhD is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy, Mayo Clinic with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery. I have been a member of the AACA since 1998. In the last 21 years of serving the AACA, I have presented at annual meetings, chaired sessions, judged presentations and delivered several symposia both as an organizer and invited speaker. I currently serve as presidential appointee on the Anatomical Services Committee and past elected and presidential appointee on the Career Development and Education Affairs Committees. I serve on the Editorial Board of Clinical Anatomy and previously as ASSA Editor for Clinical Anatomy. Outside the AACA, I am a member of the AAA Education Committee and Associate Editor for Anatomical Sciences Education Journal. I also serve on the Editorial Board for Korean Journal of Medical Education.

I earned my Ph.D. degree in Clinical Anatomy in 2003 from the University of Durban Westville, Durban, South Africa, based on my work on surgical anatomy of the coronary vessels, under mentorship of the late Dr. Robert Acland at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY under whom I also completed a fellowship in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1995, I joined the Department of Human Biology at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Durban, South Africa, where I held a Full Professorship in Anatomy. At the Durban University of Technology I served as Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences and as Interim Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences (2004-2007). I am ranked as a National Research Foundation of South Africa Rated Scientist since 2006. In 2017, I received the Outstanding Physician Scientist Educator Award from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic. My most recent national award, the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of MOHS Surgery was presented in recognition of my work in bringing anatomy to the clinical platform. In addition to my participation on several clinical societies, I also contribute to medical education via the IFAA, AMEE and Association for Surgical Education. I continue to serve as a mentor for early career anatomists and anatomists in training through the AACA and AAA.

In addition to chairing the Department of Anatomy, I serve and have served in several leadership positions at Mayo Clinic that includes School of Health Sciences Education Committee, Mayo Clinic Institutional Biospecimens Committee, Mayo Clinic Graduate School Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Leadership committee, past Director for Student Advising and Mentoring Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Faculty Affairs Committee Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Associate Director for Pre-Doctoral Education for the Center for Translational Science Activities I share course directorship and teach clinical anatomy and histology to medical students, residents and physicians through CME courses. I am also involved in team science research across clinical departments at Mayo Clinic. My current scholarly activity exceeds 80-scientific publications in peer reviewed journals, 17 book chapters, over 60 abstracts, and over 140 scientific presentations, including invited lectures at national and international conferences over the span of my professional career.

My focus in medical education research revolves around (1) Mentoring, (2) Evaluation and Feedback (3) Integration and Assessment of Non-Technical Discipline Independent skills. In addition to peer-reviewed articles in leading journals such as Medical Teacher and Anatomical Sciences Education, I have recently published four book chapters in “Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide” (Paperback – January 11, 2015 ISBN-13: 978-3319089294) on aspects of anatomy education (“Peer assessment in gross anatomy” Chapter 37; “Assessing non-discipline related skills and competencies” Chapter 36; “Choosing between lecture and briefing session” Chapter 12; “The learning of non-discipline-related skills in the gross anatomy laboratory” Chapter 28; and “Giving Feedback to Students” Chapter 18.)

In addition, I continue to be involved in several clinical research projects that have a strong basis in anatomy. My current research projects include;
(1) Design of teaching videos and webinars for improvement of understanding of commonly accessed surgical areas and danger zones for Dermatologic Surgery
(2) Facial Flaps
(3) Anatomy for the Electrophysiologist
(4) Understanding facial anatomy for rejuvenation and surgical resection and reconstruction
(5) Ultrasound guided procedures for carpal tunnel release and pain management
(6) Improving Surgical Education: Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery [GRANT OH 008434 Exposure assessment and intervention for reducing musculoskeletal stresses and work-related injuries among workers in healthcare.

My contribution to Clinical Practice at Mayo Clinic is therefore embedded in the principle of using educational strategies to promote better understanding of interventional and surgical procedures in order to enhance quality and safety of patient care. I am one of few clinical anatomists in the world who works collaboratively on a daily basis with clinicians in a practice-based setting. My commitment to this “team science approach” has seen me help drive clinically significant studies to successful publication with 10 recently published papers (2018-2019) in clinical journals that include Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS).
My skill at producing prosected, unembalmed material to guide clinical practice and contribute in the planning of interventional procedures and complex surgeries (face transplant, gender reassignment, uterus and bladder surgeries, tumor resection, tendon and muscle repair, cardiac catheter ablation) has been a welcomed contribution to clinical departments.

My passion for promoting individuals in the early stages of their careers is evidenced in my global initiatives to promote career development (AAA Anatomy Training Program, IFAA) and enhance teaching skills (see CV). My well-established “Student-As-Teacher” program (“Anatomy teaching assistants: facilitating teaching skills for medical students through apprenticeship and mentoring”. Med Teach. 2013; 35(1):e919-25) is a desirable and competitive Mayo Medical student elective at Mayo Clinic. My teaching philosophy of “Integrating Basic Sciences into Everyday Practice” is to bring anatomy education to both clinical trainees and practicing physicians who have limited opportunity for educational experiences. My contributions to the field of medical education as well as the translation of my teaching practices into scientific publications is evidence of the impact my work has had, both nationally and internationally.

My expertise is driven by my philosophy and position that anatomic knowledge is becoming a crucial driver for clinical advancement, preventing adverse patient events, improving patient outcome and propelling surgical and interventional innovation. Clinical innovation and technology pave the way forward for transformative thinking of how anatomy is applied and its content re-envisioned. A few of my more recent publications speak to my mission of aligning practice goals with anatomy education;
• “Getting back together after a break-up: Relationship advice for anatomists and surgeons”. Phitayakorn R, Lachman N. Clin Anat. 2015 Oct;28(7):931-4
• “A century later and not much has changed in use of Anatomic Nomenclature: should surgeons and anatomists be speaking the same language?” American Journal of Surgery )
• In Pursuit of Excellence Reconsidered: Expertise and Expert Performance in the Teaching, Learning, and Application of Anatomy. Lachman N, Chan LK, Evans DJR, Wilson TD, Pawlina W.Anat Sci Educ. 2019
• Medical education for millennials: How anatomists are doing it right. Ruzycki SM, Desy JR, Lachman N, Wolanskyj-Spinner AP. Clin Anat. 2019 Jan;32(1):20-25.
• Human skills for human[istic] anatomy: An emphasis on nontraditional discipline-independent skills.
• Evans DJR, Pawlina W, Lachman N. Anat Sci Educ. 2018 May 6;11(3):221-224.
And demonstrating the value of changing perspectives in anatomical understanding to enhance clinical practice;
• Anatomy of the Facial Fat Compartments and their Relevance in Aesthetic Surgery.
• Cotofana S, Lachman N. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2019 Jan 30. doi: 10.1111/ddg.13737. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
• Arteries of the Face and Their Relevance for Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures: An Anatomical Review. Cotofana S, Lachman N. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Feb; 143(2):416-426.
• Vascularity of the Proximal Fibula and Its Implications in Vascularized Epiphyseal Transfer: An Anatomical and High-Resolution Computed Tomographic Angiography Study. Morsy M, Sur YJ, Akdag O, Sabbagh MD, Suchyta MA, El-Gammal TA, Lachman N, Moran SL. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan;143(1)
• Proposed surgical technique to facilitate targeted reinnervation of the infraspinatus: A cadaveric feasibility study. Wyles CC, Maldonado AA, Wagner ER, Houdek MT, Lachman N, Spinner RJ. Clin Anat. 2019 Jan;32(1):131-136
My association with the AACA has always been a great strength. In my early career years, I had looked to its leadership and membership to help support my initiatives and growth, learned from my fellow members and benefitted from their generosity, both intellectually and socially. The path to my current position was not without its challenges and a deep sense of commitment to doing the best for my profession. In this time of greater and newer opportunities, I am in a position to serve the AACA by opening doors, breaking down barriers and sharing a common purpose contributing to the vision that will help take the AACA and its members to the next level.

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Natalie Langley - (Mayo Clinic)

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 gross anatomy, embryology, and histology at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ, in addition to cadaveric-based CME and resident education courses. Dr. Langley is a summa cum laude 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), also summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a board-certified Forensic Anthropologist trained in anatomy, skeletal biology, biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and education science.

Dr. Langley has 13 years of teaching experience and curriculum development in various courses at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical school educational levels (human osteology, biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, gross anatomy, anatomy of medical imaging, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy, and teaching methods and curriculum development in the anatomical sciences). She has directed several programs, including a Master of Anatomical Sciences program, Clinical Anatomy doctoral program, Advanced Anatomy Fellowship, and a pre-matriculation Anatomy Boot Camp. She has received over $1,500,000 in federal funding from the National Institute of Justice for her forensic research, and has consulted for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice’s International Training Assistance Program in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Langley has mentored students and postdoctoral fellows in the US, and internationally, on research and development in forensic anthropology, clinical anatomy, and medical education. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, two textbooks, and a laboratory manual, and also serves as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

Dr. Langley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the American Association of Anatomists and American Association of Clinical Anatomists. She serves on committees  and participates in the abstract review and award judging processes for each of these organizations. She is also an item writer for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA) board examination, and serves on the ABFA Examination Validation Committee.  Dr. Langley has been recognized for excellence in teaching and received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award for her research in skeletal maturation

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Councilor-at-Large. I take service positions seriously and enjoy collaborating with and learning from colleagues in this capacity. I currently serve on the Career Development Committee, and I appreciate working with other AACA members to promote the association’s goals to maintain high professional standards in the teaching of anatomy and dissemination of clinical anatomy research. I have pursued other opportunities to serve the Association, including judging and moderating at meetings. On a personal note, the AACA meetings and the society’s membership serve a meaningful role in my professional development as an anatomist.

I value the friends, collaborators, and mentors I have met through the AACA and regularly bring new members to the annual meetings to share the experience. My experiences as an educator, mentor, researcher, and administrator provide me with diverse skills for service positions, including leadership, organization, communication, and teamwork. My service experience in professional associations includes abstract review committees, award committees, ad hoc investigative committees, and career development committees. I welcome this opportunity to become further involved in the AACA and return the favor of the members who welcomed me and continue to play a vital role in my personal and professional development. If elected, I would ensure that this spirit of community is maintained among our membership while promoting all aspects of clinical anatomy—research, education, and training.

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Estomih Mtui (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Estomih P. Mtui is the Chief of the Division of Anatomy and Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Estomih received his MD degree in 1977 and trained in Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in Philadelphia, University College Galway in Ireland, and at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Dr. Mtui joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 1988 and has more than 35 years of teaching and directing Gross Anatomy, Functional Neuroanatomy and Embryology. Dr. Mtui served as the Director of the Program in Anatomy and Body Visualization at Weill Cornell since 1998 and was promoted to the position of Divisional Chief of Anatomy in 2016.

Dr. Mtui’s collaborative research focuses on the investigation of neural networks within the central nervous system that are involved in the control of visceral reflex function during different phases of the sleep-wake cycle, and in response to pain and exercise. He is also investigating functional polysynaptic pathways in the forebrain that are involved in the affective, visceral and somatomotor concomitants of different forms of emotional expression.

Dr. Mtui has received numerous teaching awards at Weill Cornell Medicine, including the Siegal Family Teaching Award, the highest teaching award at Weill Cornell.

Dr. Mtui is the primary author of the seventh edition of the FitzGerald’s Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience and is currently working on the 8th edition to be released in the fall of 2019. Estomih is also the English editor of the Human Anatomy Atlas published by Edi-Ermes-Milan Italy in 2018.

At Weill Cornell, Dr. Mtui has developed the Weill Cornell Dissection Manual on iPads and the Functional Neuroanatomy Resource for teaching Functional Neuroanatomy for the Weill Cornell students both in New York and Qatar.

Statement: I am honored to be associated with the AACA for a period of more than twenty-five years now. During this period, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow professionally by the mentorship provided by the AACA leadership and its members. In 2005, I co-hosted the AACA -BACA joint meeting at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York. This was a true learning experience for me and am looking forward to further contributions to AACA in the future. I have attended several meetings and gave a number of scientific presentations. I am happy to host the upcoming AACA meeting in the summer of 2020 here at Weill Cornell. My colleagues and I are truly honored by this opportunity and are looking forward to a successful meeting.

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