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  • DAVID A. RINI, MFA, CMI, FAMI associate professor


    imageDavid is a Certified Medical Illustrator and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine and the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Medical and Scientific Illustrations from the University of Michigan in 1989. Prior to coming to Hopkins in 1993, he established and directed of the Department of Neurosurgical Illustration at the Mayfield Neurological Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio where he oversaw the production of the first of two volumes of the Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery. David's main area of interest in his own work and in his teaching is the artful blend of traditional fine art techniques with new technology. His work often combines traditional media such as graphite on paper, carbon dust, and pen and ink, with 2D and 3D computer applications including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3ds Max, Corel Painter, Rhino 3D, Vray, InDesign, and Cinema 4D. David served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Vesalius Trust Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) and was inducted as a Fellow of the AMI in 2001. His artwork has appeared in over 150 books and publications and is on permanent exhibit in several museums Including the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. David has received numerous awards for his artwork including the Orville Parks Best of Student Show Award, the Muriel McLatchie Miller Fine Art Award, and various Certificates of Merit and Awards of Excellence from the AMI. David received a Fulbright Scholarship to Chile in 2005-6. He relocated to Santiago for six months with his family to help establish South America's first educational program in Medical and Scientific illustration. In 2011, he presented a two-week lecture and workshop series in Sendai City and Nagoya, Japan.


    In addition to his work as a medical and biological illustrator, David is also an accomplished portrait artist. His highly detailed portraits, rendered in graphite and oil paint, are on display in many public and private collections including John Hopkins University.


    :: education


    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
    Master of Fine Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration, 1989


    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology 1987


    :: PROFESSIONAL certification


    1993 - present     Certified Medical Illustrator, Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators


    :: PROFESSIONAL experience


    Associate Professor
    Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
    Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003 - Present


    Assistant Professor
    Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
    Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996 - 2003


    Instructor
    Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993 - 1996


    Founder/Director
    Department of Neurosurgical Illustration
    Mayfield Neurological Institute and University
    of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery
    Cincinnati, Ohio, 1990 -1993


    Medical Illustrator
    Department of Biomedical Communications
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1989


    Scientific Illustrator
    Museum of Natural History
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988


    :: SELECTED publications


    :: SELECTED presentations


  • My Fulbright Experience; Establishing a Medical Illustration Program in Santiago, Chile, Keynote Speaker, University of Toronto Alumni Dinner, Toronto, Canada, April, 2008.
  • Seeing the World: An Artist's Guide to Observation. Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, March 2007
  • Graphite drawing technique for neurosurgical illustration. A demonstration and discussion, World Congress on Biomedical Communications, Orlando, Florida, August, 1994.
  • The airbrush dust technique. Lecture and demonstration. Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, Monterey, California, July, 2001.
  • Exploring Medical Illustration Field Study. Guest Lecturer, Greater Richmond Health Education Center, Richmond, Virginia. JHU site visit, lecture, and technique demonstration for participating Richmond area high school students. July, 1999 and August 2000.
  • The airbrush dust technique. Medical College of Georgia and Johns Hopkins Student Exchange, Augusta, Georgia, April, 1999.
  • Copyright regulation and contract negotiation. One day program for biological illustration students from Beaver College at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, November, 1997.
  • The governance structure of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada , July, 1998.
  • The application of computer aided instruction for patient education. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Evening Program, November, 1997.
  • A technique for continuous tone using airbrush and drafting pencils. Medical College of Georgia and Johns Hopkins Student Exchange, Augusta, Georgia, April, 1997.
  • Medical and biological Illustration. Mentor Shore School Student Art Show and Lecture, Mentor, Ohio, April, 1997.
  • A tribute to Max Brödel: The father of American medical illustration. Computerized twelve-projector multimedia slide presentation, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, August, 1995.
  • Understanding medical diagnostic imaging. Association of Midwest Medical Illustrators Regional Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, November, 1994.


    :: PROFESSIONAL activities


    Institutional Administrative Appointments:

    • 1995 - 1999    Medical School Council Department Representative - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • 1993 - Present    Admissions Committee - Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • 1999 - 2004    Committee on Admissions - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


    Professional Societies:

      Association of Medical Illustrators:
    • 1991 - Present    Professional Member
    • 2001 - Present    Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator ARC-MI, in association with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
    • 1995 - 1999    Member of the Board of Governors
    • 1996 - 1997    Vice Chair: Board of Governors
    • 1996 - 1999    Member - Executive Committee
    • 1996 - 1999    Member - Finance Committee
    • 1997 - 1998    Chair - Board of Governors
    • 1997 - 1998    Chair - Executive Committee
    • 1998 - 1999    Member - AMI Nominating Committee


    :: recognition


    The U.S. Fulbright Commission
    2005 Received a Fulbright Scholar Award to Chile. Traveled to Santiago, Chile for a six month sabbatical to help establish South America's first graduate program in Medical and Scientific Illustration.


    The Association of Medical Illustrators
    2001 Inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators for outstanding volunteer contributions to the organization.


    The Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Salon

    • Award of Excellence - Medical Atlas, "Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery, Vol. II", W.B. Saunders Co., 2001 2001
    • Muriel McLatchie -Miller Fine Art Award - Best of Show in Fine Art, "Portrait of Margaret" 2001
    • Certificate of Merit - Multi-Media, "Body Probe" Science Museum of Virginia 1999
    • Award of Excellence - Continuous Tone "A New Technique for Laparoscopic Suturing" 1995
    • Certificate of Merit - Medical Clinical Text Operative Gynecology, Appleton & Lange Publishing Co. 1994
    • Certificate of Merit - Continuous Tone "Pelvic Lymphadenectomy During Post-Cesarean Hysterectomy 1994
    • Award of Excellence - Medical Atlas, "Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery", W.B. Saunders Co. 1994
    • Certificate of Merit - Continuous Tone "Treatment of an Internal Carotid Artery Aneurysm" 1990
    • First Place - Medical Continuous Tone, "Dissection and Surgical Treatment of an Acoustic Neuroma" 1990
    • Orville Parkes - Student Best of Show, "Dissection and Surgical Treatment of an Acoustic Neuroma" 1990
    • Honorable Mention - Medical Line (pen & ink) "Aortic Valve Replacement"


    Mentor, Ohio Board of Education and Mentor High School
    Inducted into the Mentor High School Hall of Distinguished Alumni
    Mentor High School and the Mentor Board of Education, Mentor, Ohio, 1997.


    Regional Meeting Salon, Richmond, Virginia
    Certificate of Merit - Continuous Tone
    "Exposure and Treatment of a Colloid Cyst of the Third Ventricle," 1990.


    University of Michigan Annual Medical and Biological Student Scholarship
    Gerald P. Hodge Award for Best Continuos Tone
    Illustration Dissection and Surgical Treatment of an Acoustic Neuroma," 1989.


    Bowling Green State University Art Competition
    First Place - Painting, "Quiet Country"
    Second Place - Drawing, "Everything in its Place," 1987.


    Further information, additional images and complete CV available upon request, please e-mail Professor Rini.

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