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Modern Human Anatomy Faculty


​​"The professors here don't coddle the students, so much as cultivate them."
-- Laura Weinkle, MSMHA Class of 2017​​


Thomas Finger, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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.

Danielle Royer, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Danielle Royer, MSMHA Interim 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). 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.

Chelsea Bonfiglio, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Chelsea Bonfiglio, Senior Instructor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2014. Dr. Bonfiglio is an anatomist and athletic trainer who serves as a lecturer and lab instructor in the MHA and MD gross anatomy courses on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research interests include clinical neurodynamics, anatomic variations, anatomical education, clinical musculoskeletal ultrasound, and 3D printing as it related to anatomic education.

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 serves as the chair of the MSMHA Capstone 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.

Chelsea Goldberg, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Chelsea Goldberg, Instructor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Instructor Goldberg serves as a lab instructor for the Human Body Block and lab instructor for the Modern Human Anatomy gross anatomy course. Additionally, she provides course and student support throughout the MSMHA curriculum. Instructor Goldberg also serves for the Colorado State Anatomical Board, and assists with the body donation program. She is actively involved in anatomical sciences outreach.

Thomas Greany, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Thomas Greany, Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Greany joined the MSMHA faculty in Fall 2018 and has been a member of the School of Dental Medicine's faculty since 2014. When Dr. Greany is not teaching in the clinic, his research interests include virtual learning systems, patient education systems, and the development of detailed virtual head and neck models using Maya.

Lisa Lee, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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.

Caley Orr, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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.

Paul Rochon, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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

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 imag​ing, and currently serves as lecturer and lab instructor for Human Gross Anatomy.

Maureen Stabio, Modern Human Anatomy Program

Dr. Maureen Stabio, Associate 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, Neuroanatomy, and ANAT 6412, Foundations of Teaching.  Additionally, she serves as the chair of the Certificate in Anatomical Sciences Education.  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.

John A. Thompson, Modern Human Anatomy Program

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 the course director of ANAT 6600, Experimental Design and Research Methods, and teaches in ANAT 6310, Neuroanatomy.  Additionally, he is the chair of the MSMHA Admissions Committee.  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

PhD in anatomy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Wagoner retired from full-time teaching of human anatomy in June 2019 after being on the faculty for 17 years. As a former student dean in three medical schools prior to moving to Denver, she also served for two and a half years as the Associate Dean for Admissions at Colorado’s School of Medicine. Dr. Wagoner maintains a part-time faculty appointment for the coming year to assist master’s students in an advisory capacity regarding aspects of admission to professional schools. In addition she serves on the MHA admissions committee, having chaired the committee for seven years.


2019-2020 Faculty Committees


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