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Modern Human Anatomy Faculty


Dr. Carry (foreground) & Dr. Royer (background) assist MSMHA students in the anatomy lab

Claude Selitrennikoff, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Claude Selitrennikoff, MSMHA Program Executive Director, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

PhD. in Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California – Los Angeles. Dr. Selitrennikoff is the director of DSBS 5502, Microanatomy, and is a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) graduate faculty. His primary research interests are the mechanisms of fungal wall assembly and the development of antifungal therapy.

Nancey Bookstein, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Nancey Johnson-Bookstein, Associate Professor, Program in Physical Therapy

Associate Professor and Director of Admissions, School of Medicine, Ed.D. in Kinesiology, University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bookstein has seventeen years of teaching experience in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and serves as the Director of Admissions for the Physical Therapy Program.


Steve Britt, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Steve Britt, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

M.D. from University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Dr. Britt serves as co-director of the Human Body block, as well as lecturer and lab director for Human Gross Anatomy. He has graduate faculty appointments with the Biomedical Sciences Program, Medical Scientist Training Program, Neuroscience, and Molecular Biology. His primary research interest is molecular genetics of eye development and vision.

John Caldwell, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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. Mike Carry, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Colorado State University. Dr. Carry serves as the Basic Sciences Block Director, and teaches and directs the lab for IDPT 5001, Human Body (Gross Anatomy). He also directs and teaches the DSBS 5504, Human Anatomy course for the first year dental students, and is the author of the Cadaver Dissection Guide program utilized in the gross anatomy dissection labs. He brings 32 years of teaching experience to the M.S. Modern Anatomy program, and received both the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award and Outstanding Basic Sciences Instructor awards for the School of Dental Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Frank Hughes, Adjunct Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Emeritus Associate Professor, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Hughes was Graduate Program Director in Anatomical Sciences. Dr. Hughes was course director for medical neurobiology at Rush, instrumental in the implementation of virtual histology instruction, and a member of the gross anatomy faculty. He served as Graduate Program Director and was involved in its transition to its new Anatomy and Cell Biology program that features an MD-MS track in musculoskeletal biology. He is interested in exploring ways that the explosion of advanced imaging technology in clinical settings can enhance basic science instruction and case-directed learning. He serves as the course director of ANAT 6​310, Fundamentals of Structure and Function in the Human Nervous System.

Lisa Lee, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Lisa Lee, Assistant 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.

Mike Pascoe, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Mike Pascoe, Senior Instructor, Program in Physical Therapy, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology from University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Pascoe is a co-instructor for the gross anatomy courses taught to PT, PA, MD, and DDS students on the Anschutz Medical Campus. His research focuses on the successful use of emerging technology in anatomy education. Dr. Pascoe also manages social media accounts for several programs on campus.

Paul Rochon, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Paul Rochon, MSMHA Clinical Director, Assistant 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

Danielle Royer, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Danielle Royer, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stony Brook University. Dr. Royer is a biological anthropologist who brings an evolutionary perspective to the Modern Human Anatomy program. She is interested in medical education research, especially as it relates to gross anatomy. She will serve as lecturer and lab instructor for IDPT5001, Human Body (Gross Anatomy).

Ernesto Salcedo, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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.

Vic Spitzer, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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.

Geeta Verma, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Geeta Verma, Associate Professor of Science Education, School of Education and Human Development

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (science education), Kent State University. Dr. Verma is the course director for ANAT 6410, Strategies for Teaching in a Professional Program. Her research interests include connected and/or contextualized science education, and science education for social justice.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.



2014-2015 Faculty Committees


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