Meet our ICE Partner Anatomy Faculty Members !
This program is a unique partnerships of multiple anatomy departments around the world
Professor, Chair of Anatomy formerly McGill University Montreal, Canada; current University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA
Professor formerly Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan Columbia University, New York, United States
Associate Professor Faculty Clinical Gross Anatomy Columbia University New York, United States
Senior Lecturer International Education of Medical Education Center (MEC) Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Associate Professor University of California San Francisco San Francisco United States
The University of Sydney, Sydney – Kevin Keay, PhD, Associate Professor and Head of Anatomy
KEVIN KEAY, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He teaches postgraduate medical and dental students as well as undergraduate science students. His research interests include the neuroanatomy of pain pathways and neuroanatomy education.
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna – Hannes Traxler, MD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy
HANNES TRAXLER, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Also, he is in private practice as a general physician and acupuncturist. He teaches anatomy to medical and dental students and leads the Research Group of Topographical Anatomy. He is the faculty contact in Vienna, Austria, for the program.
McGill University, School of Medicine, Montreal, QC – Geoffroy Noel, PhD, Professor of Anatomy
GEOFFROY NOEL, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Director of the Anatomical Sciences Division at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has been teaching gross anatomy and clinical neuroanatomy to medical and dental students for more than 10 years. Dr. NOEL is currently the Director of the Anatomical Sciences Division. The mandate of this division is to explore new pedagogical techniques, coordinate and manage all anatomy labs and lectures, and liaise between the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, the Simulation Centre and McGill’s accredited professional health programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders). Current research interests: Curriculum development with emphasis on implementing inter-professional education, imaging within anatomy/surgical electives and designing 3D digital models/haptic simulations to train future physicians in non-invasive exploration of the human body. In 2020, Dr. Noel became the Chief of the Division of Anatomy at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA. Until 2020 he was the faculty contact in Canada for the ICE Program and currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the program.
Mina Zeroual, M.D., MEd Assistant Professor
MINA ZEROUAL, M.D., M.Ed., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Anatomical Sciences at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and is the faculty contact for the program in the French speaking section of McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Seam C. McWatt, PhD, Assistant Professor
SEAN C. MCWATT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Division of Anatomical Sciences within the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (Faculty of Medicine) and associate member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
His graduate work focused specifically on laboratory approaches and resources for human anatomy education. He currently teaches anatomy to medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and kinesiology students at various levels. Dr. MCWATT is presently involved in research evaluating the effects of digital resources (e.g., augmented reality) and educational contexts (e.g., dissection- and prosection-based laboratories, remote teaching) on anatomy learning using biometrics and mixed-method analyses.
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Jorgen Olson, PhD, Professor of Anatomy
JØRGEN OLSEN, M.D., DMSc., is a professor at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the head of the largest anatomy course for medical students at University of Copenhagen. He has been pioneering the livestreaming of anatomy lectures (the modern anatomical theater) for medical students. He is the faculty contact for the program in Copenhagen, Denmark.
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki – Dr. Suvi Viranta-Kovanen, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy
SUVI VIRANTA-KOVANEN, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. She teaches anatomy to the medical and dental students. Her research interests include anatomical education, functional and comparative anatomy and evolution. She is the faculty contact at University of Helsinki, Finland.
Martin Luther University, Faculty of Medicine, Halle-Wittenberg – Heike Kielstein, MD PhD, Professor of Anatomy
HEIKE KIELSTEIN, M.D., is a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany. She teaches gross anatomy to medical and dental students. An accomplished researcher and anatomist she was the first partner of the International Collaboration and Exchange Program. Details of her work can be found here. She is the faculty contact in Halle for the program.
Ludwig Maximilians University, Faculty of Medicine, Munich - Jens Waschke, MD PhD, Professor of Anatomy
JENS WASCHKE M.D., is Professor and chairman of Anatomy at the LMU in Munich, Germany, and is responsible for gross anatomy teaching of ~1000 first year medical students. He is editor of several text books including SOBOTTA atlas and serves the Anatomische Gesellschaft as president. He investigates mechanisms in intercellular adhesion. Details of his work can be found here. He is the faculty contact for the program.
FRANSZISKA VIELMUTH, M.D., is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Jens Waschke at the LMU in Munich, Germany and participates in a broad range of anatomy teaching including dissection courses and histology. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of desmosomal adhesion using biophysical techniques. Details of her work can be found here. She is the faculty coordinator for the program.
Keio University, School of Medicine, Tokyo – Yae Kanai, M.D, Ph., Professor of Department of Pathology
Dr. Yae Kanai is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Pathology at the Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
After obtaining her Ph.D. degree at the Keio University School of Medicine, she began her career as a researcher at the National Cancer Center Research Institute of Japan. She then came back to alma mater in 2015 and became a professor of the above mentioned department.
Her research interests focus on molecular pathology, cancer epigenomics, and multiomics analyses.
She is the Vice Dean and Head of International Collaboration, Gender Equality, and Biobanking at the Keio University School of Medicine and serves as the faculty contact for the ICE program.
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto – Yukari Yamada, RN, PhD, Senior Lecturer
YUKARI YAMADA, RN, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the the international education section of Medical Education Center (MEC) at Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
She teaches clinical communication and epidemiology to medical and health professional students. She is responsible for helping its undergraduate medical students to spend from two to three months in a foreign laboratory, where students can develop their research techniques and improve their communication abilities. As of 2020 she serves as faculty contact for Kyoto University for the program.
Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo – Shuji Kitahara, DDS, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Anatomy
SHUJI KITAHARA, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan. He has been teaching microanatomy and developmental biology to medical and nursing students for more than 10 years. In addition, he is a manager of “United Japanese Researcher Around The World” which supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). And also he organized The Japan-US Science Forum in Boston with JSPS and Japan Forum for Asian Science and Technology (JFAST) with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). On the other hand, he is providing articles about medical science and political science to “WEBRONZA” of Asahi newspaper which is a major Japanese news company. Simultaneously, he is doing research about political science and health economics as a Ph.D. student at WASEDA University. He is the faculty contact at the Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.
National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei – Chung-Liang Chien, PhD, Professor of Anatomy
CHUNG-LIANG CHIEN, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has been teaching anatomy to medical and dental students for more than 23 years. His major research interests are neurobiology and stem cell biology. Dr. Chien received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1995. Dr. Chien has been one of the faculty members at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU) since 1995. He took a research leave as a visiting scientist at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo in 1999.
His major research interests are neurobiology and stem cell biology. As an internationalized medical educator, more than 42 medical students from 20 different countries have been trained at his stem cell biology laboratory since 2004. Under Dr. Chien’s supervision, 11 graduate students earned their Ph.D. degree from the institution at NTU. Most of them received faculty or clinical positions at university/medical centers. Since 2007, Dr. Chien served as the Associate Dean of College of Medicine, as well as the Deputy Director of the NTU Center of Genomic Medicine to promote the translational medicine research within NTU campus.
Dr. Chien works for Taiwan academic society actively and had been elected as the 12th and the 13th President of the Association of Anatomists of the Republic of China (2010-2014). He was also elected as the 3rd and the 4th President of the Taiwan Society for Stem Cell Research (2013-2017). Besides, Dr. Chien was recommended as the representative of Chinese Taipei as well as the Chair of Research & Development Steering Committee in the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) of the APEC from 2014 to 2016. In terms of government positions, Dr. Chien had served as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the Office of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan (2012-2014), as well as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2014 – 2016).
Currently, Dr. Chien served as the CEO of the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) to promote the potential collaboration between academia and bio-industry in Taiwan. Besides, IBMI just launched the international platform of “Taiwan Healthcare+”, a website PORTAL for medical and biotech opportunities in Taiwan. He is the faculty contact of the program at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
King’s College, School of Medicine, London – Richard Wingate, PhD, Professor and Head of Anatomy
RICHARD WINGATE, D.Phil is the Director of the Centre for Education (Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine) and Principal Investigator MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Dr. Wingate is a Reader in Developmental Neurobiology at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the former Head of Anatomy at King's College London. He is actively engaged in undergraduate and public education and is the Editor-in-Chief of BrainFacts.org. He is the faculty contact of the program at King's College London, UK.
MANDEEP GILL SAGOO, Ed.D., M.Sc. (Medical Anatomy), P.G.C.E., F.H.E.A., is a senior lecturer in anatomy in the Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Education at King’s College London, London, United Kingdom. Her educational research is in understanding assessments with multimedia learning theories, relationships between spatial ability and anatomy learning and use of innovative paedagogies and reflective practical assessments. Her applied anatomy research is in the area of developing and validating projection overlay method (3D CT scans) and finite urinary bladder models. She has recently been recognised with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the GKT School of Medical Education, King’s College London. She overseeing and coordinating the program at King's College London, UK.
University of Cambridge - Cecilia Brassett, MB BChir MChir, Teaching Professor of Human Anatomy
CECILIA BRASSETT, Cecilia Brassett was a medical student and anatomy demonstrator at the University of Cambridge and is a Teaching Professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Cambridge. She initially qualified as a general surgeon, then trained in field linguistics to work among an ethnic minority group in China for some years before returning to the UK. She is a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and sits on the Councils of both the Anatomical Society and the British Association of Clinical Anatomists. In addition to organising the anatomy teaching programme, she is engaged in a number of clinically relevant research projects in topographical anatomy. She co-authored The Secret Language of Anatomy, an illustrated guide which brings to life anatomical terms and explains why they were coined.
Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons - Anette Wu, MD, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor
ANETTE WU, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York. She has been teaching anatomy to medical and dental students for more than 13 years. Originally trained in General and Transplantation Surgery her interest is now in internationalization of medical education.She founded the International Collaboration and Exchange Program at Columbia University to promote improvement of global health to future medical and dental leaders. She serves as director of the program.
Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons - Paulette Bernd, PhD, Professor
PAULETTE BERND, Ph.D., is a Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. She is the director of Clinical Gross Anatomy and the Anatomical Donor Program. Her teaching innovations include aninteractive electronic dissection manual and computer modules for small group learning. She serves as advisor to the ICE program.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA – Jill Helms, DDS, PhD, Professor of Surgery
Dr. Helms is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University.
She is trained as a clinician scientist (DDS, PhD) and directs a research program that encompasses the fields of head and neck embryology, and craniomaxillofacial deformities and their reconstruction. While conducting translational research is her main objective, but it goes hand-in-hand with another goal: Jill believed that education is one of the most important tools to improving human health, and aims to use every avenue available to transform the way young people think about science and medicine, and emphasize its contribution to their daily lives.
She is the faculty contact for the ICE program at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, USA.
University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – Nieves Martínez-Abadías, PhD, Associate Professor.
Dr Neus Martínez-Abadías. Associate Professor at University of Barcelona since 2019, teaching Human Anatomy and Biological Anthropology. Previous postdoctoral positions at PennState University (USA), Calgary University (Canada), Center for Genomic Regulation (Spain) and Staff Researcher at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Her research combines morphometrics, 3D imaging, genetics and machine learning to understand human morphological variation, including variation associated with disease in genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders. Committed to scientific communication and fostering gender equality in science. More: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3061-2123
She is the faculty contact for the ICE program at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – Maria Esther Esteban Torne, PhD, Full Professor.
Dr Maria Esther Esteban. Full Professor at University of Barcelona since 2008. She has held management positions as Secretary of the Department of Animal Biology and Coordinator of the Master in Biological Anthropology. She is currently Head of Studies of the Biomedical Sciences degree (Faculty of Biology, Diagonal campus). Specialized in Genetics and Genomics of human populations, her research interests expand to human ecology, epidemiology, and biomedical applications. Find out more about her research at: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2410-9700
She is the faculty contact for the ICE program at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
University of Milan, Milan, Italy
NICOLETTA GAGLIANO, PhD is a Full Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. She teaches histology and anatomy to medical students. Her research interests focus on tendon biology, collagen turnover pathways and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.
University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Chiarella SFORZA, MD is a Full Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. She teaches anatomy to medicine, dentistry and allied health sciences students. Her research interests focus on the three dimensional analysis of craniofacial growth, development and aging, and on the quantitative analysis of human movement in daily activities, sports, and rehabilitation.
Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul – Ho Geol Ryu, PhD MPH, Associate Professor
Dr. Ho Geol Ryu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and also the Associate Dean for International Affairs. Dr. Ryu graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine (SNU Medicine) in 1999, completed his training in Anesthesia at Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH). He received his Ph.D. in Medicine in SNU Medicine and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA. His Clinical interests are critical care after high-risk surgery, delirium and sedation in critically ill patients, and sepsis and septic shock.
Meet our Advisory Board Members!
Leo Buehler, MD
Professor of Surgery, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
Mark Hardy, MD
Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, New York, USA
Mark A. Hardy is Auchincloss Professor of Surgery, Director Emeritus of the Transplant Centre, and Vice Chairman and Residency Program Director of the Department of Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Hardy is most recognized for co-founding the New York Organ Donor Network in 1978 (NYODN 2006). In addition to his work in transplantation, in the earlier part of his career he made several contributions to the development of prosthetic vascular grafts and the development and studies of biologic function of thymic hormones, both experimentally and clinically.
Hardy laid another cornerstone of organ transplant medicine by helping found the program for dialysis and kidney transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He based the new program on the principle of combined clinical care between surgeons and nephrologists during a time when renal transplantprograms were managed by one or the other discipline, never by both at once (CUMC Programs 2007). This cooperation between disciplines led to major contributions in immunogenetics, immunosuppression, and treatment of autoimmune diseases and lymphoma (CUMC Programs 2007).
His most recent focus has been on cellular transplantation with emphasis on islet transplantation. Hardy is Principal Investigator of a multicenter clinical trial exploring a combination of two immunosuppressant drugs, sirolimus and tacrolimus (CUMC 2007 Kidney). He also currently a member of several multiinstitutional studies of immunosuppressive agents which are individually sponsored by Novartis, Astellas and Bristol Myers.
Geoffroy Noel, PhD
Professor of Anatomy, University of California San Diego, USA
Director, Division of Anatomical Sciences at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada (past position)
Chief, Division of Anatomy in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA (current position)- see more information on faculty member site.
Snehal Patel, MD, JD
Dr. Patel is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of MyDoc, a leading telemedicine
company active in seven countries across South and Southeast Asia, as well as the US. In
addition, Dr. Patel serves as the Managing Director of Saena Partners, an investment firm
that has led the initial funding of several innovative firms in Asia that range from pioneers in
ecologically friendly circular packaging technology to luxury distribution.
A Kauffman Fellow, Dr. Patel moved to Singapore from the US in 2008 to found and lead the
healthcare investment team at the Clermont Group, a multi-billion dollar investment fund.
Prior to practising law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York, Dr. Patel received an
MD and a JD from Columbia University and served as a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard
Alexander Preker, MD PhD
Dr. Alexander S. Preker is an Executive Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance, and the Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the International Hospital Federation. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. Mr. Alexander S. Preker is also President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation and a member of the board of several of the companies. He is a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, an LLP with Keiretsu Capital and an active investor in early stage companies that have a potential high impact in the health sector. Prior to his current work, Mr. Preker had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO). From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Preker was Head of the Health Industry Group and Investment Policy for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this position, he led a team of advisors and analysts that worked with policy makers, investors and health businesses in improving the market environment for private sector participation in the health sector in developing countries. He and his team set up a US$1 billion Investment Facility for Health to support expansion of small and medium size businesses in the Africa Region and the preparatory work for setting up a similar facility for Asia. Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997. During the past 15 years, this strategy has provided a vision for the World Bank's engagement in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries, leading to an annual lending pipeline of about US$3 billion and total portfolio value in the range of US$15 billion. During his Bank career, Mr. Preker has worked with both Lawrence Summers (former Director of the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration) and Joseph Stiglitz (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) during their respective tenures as Chief Economist for the World Bank Group as well as many Ministers of Health, Finance, Economic Development and other senior officials as well as private investors and businesses in the client countries he served. Mr. Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored of over 15 books. He is a globally recognized expert on health insurance, health financing, capital finance, and private sector development in the health sector. Currently Mr. Preker is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. He is the Chair of the External Editoral Board for the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal. While at the World Bank, he was a member of the Editorial Board for the World Bank's External Operations Publication Department and Editor-in-Chief of the Business of Health Publications. Today he is the managing editor for Health Investment & Financing (HIF), an information gateway for health investment and financing and Health Industry (HI), a health care industry review. Mr. Preker holds several academic appointments. He is an Executive Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an Adjunct Associate Professor of public policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor for Health Care Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Takeshi Sakurai, MD, PhD, Professor of Anatomy
TAKESHI SAKURAI, M.D., Ph.D. is a former Professor in Medical Innovation Center at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan, and an adjunct teaching faculty at Columbia University, New York. He has been teaching anatomy and neuroanatomy. He has been helping medical students at Kyoto to do research internship abroad. He has been the faculty contact at Kyoto University, Japan, for the program for 6 years prior to his departure from Kyoto University.
He is an adjunct professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan; Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan; and Columbia University, USA.
He continues to serve as advisor to the program for Japan and supports inbound and outbound student exchanges to Japan.