Dr. Thomas Finger, MSMHA Program Executive Director, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in Psychology and Brain Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Finger is a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Cell Biology, Stem Cells, and Development (CSD), Neuroscience (NSP), and the Basic Sciences Program (BSP) graduate faculty. His primary research interests include the evolution, development and organization of chemical sensory systems including taste, smell and chemical irritation. Current research involves 3D reconstructions of taste buds using serial blockface Scanning Electron Microscopy.
Dr. Danielle Royer, MSMHA Vice Executive Director, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stony Brook University in 2009. Dr. Royer is a biological anthropologist and educator who brings an evolutionary and pedagogical perspective to the Modern Human Anatomy program. She serves as Course Director for ANAT 6111 – Human Gross Anatomy (offered jointly with AMNS 5007 in the Anesthesiology Assistant program), ANAT 6490 – Advanced Teaching Experience in Gross Anatomy (a 2nd year MHA elective), as well as lecturer and lab instructor for IDPT5001 – Human Body (medical gross anatomy). Dr. Royer is Chair of the MHA Seminar Series. She is interested in medical education research, especially as it relates to ultrasound in anatomy education and the role of gross anatomy in medical education. In addition, she continues research in human evolution, using 3D laser surface scanning to develop new methods to quantify morphological variation in the fossil record.
Dr. John Caldwell, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology / Physiology and Biophysics, Washington University. Dr. Caldwell served as the course co-director for ANAT 6310, Neuroanatomy, and serves as the chair of the MSMHA Academic Progress Committee, and as members of the Curriculum, Admissions, and Steering committees. Dr. Caldwell is a member of numerous graduate programs, including Cell Biology, Stem Cells, and Development (CSD), Biomedical Sciences Program (BSP), Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Neuroscience, and Physiology and Biophysics. His primary research interest is the functional regulation of ion channels in plasma membranes and Golgi membranes using electrophysiology and molecular biology.
Dr. Lisa Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from University of Iowa, 2005. Dr. Lee serves as the course director for Human Embryology and Histology, and is Chair of the MSMHA Curriculum Committee. Dr. Lee's research interests include developing innovative, cutting-edge virtual educational resources and effective pedagogies for the health science professionals and students. Prior to joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Lee served as the Chair of the Anatomy Graduate Studies Program and as Assistant Professor in the Division of Anatomy at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Caley Orr, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.
PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University, 2010. Dr. Orr is a paleoanthropologist, comparative anatomist, and medical educator. He is a lecturer and lab instructor in human gross anatomy for the MSMHA program and other health sciences at the Anschutz Medical Campus. His research involves lab-based analyses using modern imaging and bioengineering techniques to study primate morphology and the fossil record as well as paleontological and archaeological fieldwork relating to human origins and evolution.
Dr. Mike Pascoe, Assistant Professor, Program in Physical Therapy, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Pascoe is the course director for the anatomy curricula in the PT and PA Programs and a co-instructor in the MHA and MD gross anatomy courses on the Anschutz Medical Campus. His scholarly efforts center around the investigation of constructivist approaches in technology-enabled learning environments (e.g., wiki usage, interactive modules, cadaver skin examination, etc..) to improve learning outcomes in anatomy courses.
Dr. Paul Rochon, MSMHA Clinical Director, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans (2004). Clinical Interest for Patients: Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endovascular Repair Peripheral Arterial Disease Varicose Veins Hepatocellular Carcinoma treated with TACE, RFA and Radioembolization Vascular Malformations
Dr. Ernesto Salcedo, Instructor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
PhD in Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Salcedo is the course director for ANAT 6205, Imaging and Modeling. He is also a lecturer in the human anatomy course taught to dental students, a co-director for an Introduction to MATLAB course taught to graduate neuroscience students, and program coordinator for the BRAiN training program at the Anschutz Medical Campus. His research has focused on olfactory encoding and he has developed a three-dimensional reconstruction of the main olfactory system in order to understand how its anatomical organization helps encode olfactory information.
Dr. Vic Spitzer, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Director, Center for Human Simulation
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Spitzer is the Director of the Center for Human Simulation, a synthesis of human anatomy and computed three-dimensional imaging, and currently serves as lecturer and lab instructor for Human Gross Anatomy.
Dr. Maureen Stabio, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.
Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine, 2007. Dr. Stabio serves as the Course Director for ANAT 6310, Fundamentals of Structure and Function in the Human Nervous System. Her research focus is centered on the development of MRI-based anatomical models for neuroscience education, and exploring the structure and function of retinal ganglion cells in mouse retina.
Dr. John A. Thompson, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
PhD in Neuroscience from Florida State University. Dr. Thompson joined the MSMHA faculty in Fall 2016, and serves as an instructor in ANAT 6600, Experimental Design and Research Methods, and ANAT 6310, Structures and Function of the Human Nervous System. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on understanding the structure and function of the human brain in the context of neurosurgical interventions for movement disorders and epilepsy.
Dr. Norma Wagoner, Senior Instructor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D. in anatomy from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Dr. Wagoner has served as a lab instructor for the Human Body Block and lab instructor for the Dental Anatomy course since 2002. She has received numerous teaching awards, most recently “Most Inspiring Instructor, Class of 2013, University of Colorado School of Medicine.” A former dean of students in three medical schools prior to moving to Colorado, she also served as the Associate Dean for Admissions for two and a half years at Colorado’s School of Medicine. Dr. Wagoner serves as Chair of the Admissions Committee and is an active mentor and advisor for students in the program.