Clinical Anatomical Terminology

General Information

CAT Committee Activities and Rules of Operation

Links to Anatomical Terminology Web Sites

Articles on Anatomical Terminology

Joint Initiative to Create Open Definitions for Anatomical Terms

General Information

Article VIII, Section 9, Subsection D

The Clinical Anatomical Terminology (CAT) Committee of the AACA investigates the usage of clinical anatomical terminology and actively promotes dissemination of equivalent clinical and anatomical terms for identical anatomical structures or concepts through the development and maintenance of free web-based resources and through regular publications in the Association’s journal, Clinical Anatomy. Specifically, the CAT Committee collects and vets clinical anatomical terms and maintains an AACA-linked terminology website; and it also recruits authors and reviewers of definitions of terms.

The Committee is responsible for planning and implementing a Clinical Anatomical Terminology Symposium when scheduled by the Meeting Oversight and Program Planning Committee.

CAT Committee Activities and Rules of Operation

Appointments and elections

The Committee shall consist of thirteen (13) members, each serving a three (3) year term. The President-Elect appoints two (2) members in the second year of their term, and the President appoints two (2) members in the first year of their term. Two members are to be nominated and elected by the Active Members in attendance at the CAT Committee’s annual open meeting. The Clinical Councilor is an ex officio member who serves as Vice Chair of the CAT Committee with all rights and privileges.

Work of the CAT Committee


Upon appointment or election to the CAT Committee, members must join a subcommittee whose work they will carry out during their three-year term. Membership on a particular subcommittee must be approved by the CAT Committee Chair and Subcommittee Leaders.

1. Clinical Anatomical Term Management subcommittee: organizes the collection, addition, vetting and editing of terms on the (ATI) website (, and transfer of such to the Clinical Anatomical Terminology website ( hosted by Dr. Tom Gest. This subcommittee maintains the CAT presence and web interface on the AACA website. Both clinicians and anatomists are needed to do this work.

2. Writing Consortium subcommittee: generates ideas for articles, recruits authors, and pre-edits manuscripts in preparation for submission. Both clinicians and anatomists are needed to author manuscripts. Subcommittee members may or may not be clinicians. 

3. Funding subcommittee: endeavors to find funding to support the continued development of website resources and promote the mission of the CAT Committee around the nation and world. The CAT Committee chair will appoint a minimum of two (2) committee members to carry out this work.

4. Annual Open Meeting subcommittee: organizes the Annual Open Committee meeting by communicating with the Meeting Oversight and Planning Committee to select a time and place; develops the meeting agenda, and runs the election for at-large CAT Committee members. The CAT Committee chair will appoint a minimum of two (2) committee members to carry out this work.

5. Symposium subcommittee: Biennially, or at the request of the AACA Program Secretary, the CAT Committee will plan and deliver a CAT Committee Symposium at the annual AACA meeting. The CAT Committee Chair and Subcommittee Leaders, along with at least two (2) committee members will constitute the Ad Hoc Symposium Subcommittee. 

Advisory Group:

The CAT Committee will select an Advisory Group of professionals comprised of both AACA active members and non-members. These individuals will be called upon to collect and review terms for the CAT websites, identify authors for CAT manuscripts, and support and promote the mission of the CAT Committee.

Bimonthly meetings:

In order to coordinate and conduct the activities of the Clinical Anatomical Terminology Committee effectively, all committee members are expected to commit to and attend bi-monthly committee meetings via teleconference.  Members who are unable to attend regularly might consider relinquishing their posts.

Clinical Councilor, ex officio

Koichi Watanabe, ([email protected])

Presidential Appointees 

2018-2021: O. Paul Gobée ([email protected])
2018-2021: Evan Goldman, ([email protected])
2019-2022: Brad Martin ([email protected])
2019-2022: Ian Whitmore ([email protected])
2020-2023: Chelsea Lohman-Bonfiglio, Co-Chair ([email protected])
2020-2023: Richard Tunstall, (Co-Chair) ([email protected])



2018-2021: Amy Mork ([email protected])
2018-2021: Noel Boaz ([email protected])
2019-2022: Efrain Miranda ([email protected])
2019-2022: Sara Sulaiman ([email protected])
2020-2023: Anthony (Tony) Weinhaus ([email protected])
2020-2023: Alexandra Wink ([email protected])


Links to Anatomical Terminology Web Sites

Two members of the committee have highly informative web sites for anatomical terminology to assist people with their queries.

Tom Gest at Texas Tech University has a searchable list of the current Terminologia Anatomica, accessible to all at this URL:

Paul Gobée has created new site at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands at this URL:

A site that contains interesting information on anatomical and medical eponyms may be found at

Articles on Anatomical Terminology

A collection of recent articles that address issues in anatomical terminology can be found at the CAT References page. We will be expanding this collection of references in order to provide a useful listing of articles that pertain to anatomical terminology and clinical nomenclature.

Joint Initiative to Create Open Definitions for Anatomical Terms

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