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      :: Corinne Sandone
      :: Gary P. Lees
      :: Timothy H. Phelps
      :: David A. Rini
      :: Jennifer E. Fairman
      :: Juan R. García
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      :: Norman Barker
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    Our faculty continue the Hopkins "tradition of excellence" into the 21st century. From molecular biology to surgery, the faculty of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine provide illustration services to the Hopkins community as well as instruction for the students of the Medical & Biological Illustration graduate program.

    chairman, associate professor

    imageGary Lees, a Certified Medical Illustrator, is Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, and former Director of the graduate program in Medical and Biological Illustration in the School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Tulane in 1966 and his Master of Science in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1969. His professional career began as a medical illustrator at Letter General Hospital in San Francisco. In 1970, he accepted a position as the illustrator for the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute with a faculty appointment in Art as Applied to Medicine. He became the Chair of Art as Applied to Medicine in 1983 and has been responsible for revising the Hopkins curriculum for graduate studies in Medical and Biological Illustration to reflect the dynamic changes in digital and communication technologies including recent advances in data compression, three dimensional modeling, availability of advanced internet data transfer, and software innovations.

    Gary has been an active Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) since 1971, was an inaugural Fellow of the AMI, Chair of the Board of Governors in 1983, President in 2000, and in 2003 received the Association' s Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently he is the Co-editor of the Journal of Biocommunication and Chair of the AMI' s Council on Education.

    director, associate professor

    imageCory Sandone, Director of the graduate program in Medical and Biological Illustration, specializes in surgical illustration and has used watercolor to create several large, color surgical atlases. She is the co-author of the Cameron-Sandone Atlas of Gastrointestinal Surgery. As an Associate Professor she teaches and illustrates in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. She is a board certified medical illustrator (CMI). Cory grew up in Connecticut and received her B. A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 1982. She did graduate work at Johns Hopkins, receiving her M. A. in Medical and Biological Illustration in 1986. Cory has been a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) for over 20 years and currently serves on the AMI Board of Governors and as chair of the Communications Editorial Council. She teaches coursework in drawing, watercolor, surgical illustration, operating room sketching, and portfolio preparation and is an advisor for graduate student research. Cory enjoys developing curriculum to reflect topics in our profession and has lectured on a variety of subjects including the related histories of dissection and anatomical illustration, illustration for patient education, illustrating minimally invasive surgery and combining teaching and illustrating careers. She enjoys combining traditional media with digital tools and strives to retain a handcrafted look and feel to her images. She is a voracious reader and is proud to be a resident of Baltimore City.

    assistant director & associate professor

    imageTim Phelps, Associate Professor and Medical Illustrator has been teaching and illustrating for 23 years in the Graduate Program of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has received over 40 regional and national awards for his artwork published in textbooks, magazines, and professional journals. He has been illustrating medicine and science for 30 years with work appearing in over 60 surgical textbooks and atlases, over 100 book chapters and journals, and over 20 magazines. Projects have included numerous surgical texts and atlases on Otolaryngology, Orthopedic and Cardiac Surgery, co-authorship on a book on Surgical Pathology Dissection, The Ocean Planet project with the Smithsonian, numerous anatomic illustrations for Dog World and Cat Fancy magazines, art direction and primary illustrator for the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book, and most recently completion of over 500 pen and ink illustrations for a 2008 Merriam Webster Dictionary. Tim is a Past President and Past Chair of the Board of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

    Since 1994, Tim has immersed himself in the history of flame painting and in doing so has painted over 600 diecast cars. Articles on his miniature hot rods and the history of flame painting have appeared in over three dozen venues including: Autoart, Autographics. Airbrush Action, Northern Rodder, Southern Rodder, Fine Scale Modeler, Scale Auto Enthusiast, Diecast X, Kustoms Illustrated, Toy Cars and Models, and Diecast Kustomridez Magazine. In 2006 he authored a book for Motorbooks International (MBI) titled Up in Flames: The Art of Flame Painting. Tim has also created multiple flamed fish and fowl designs for the Hawaiian shirt company Paradise on a Hangar. In 2008, Tim was the series artist and designer for Greenlight Toys' "Muscle Car Garage - Up in Flames"- an annual series of flame painted diecast cars available at Toys R Us, K-Mart and Meijer stores nationwide and online.

    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, Corel Painter, 3ds Max, Rhino 3D, Flamingo and Vray. David formerly served 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 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Chile in 2005. He moved along with his family to Santiago for six months to help establish South America's first educational program in Medical and Scientific illustration.

    JUAN R. GARCÍA, MA, CMI, CCA associate professor

    image Juan currently holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where as a student he received his Master of Arts degree. Juan's background includes experience in medical, surgical, and molecular illustration for textbook, journal, advertising, online and medical legal markets. As the current Director of the Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics Clinic, he provides custom facial and body prosthetics (anaplastology) services for patients. Juan is a Past-President of the American Anaplastology Association-AAA (now the International Anaplastology Association-IAA). He has served in various committee positions for the AMI as well as the IAA. He is a past board member of the Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators-BCMI, and currently serves on the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology-BCCA. Juan has received recognition for his work including several Full-tuition undergraduate and graduate school scholarships, Rx Club Awards, Awards of Excellence and Merit from the AMI, and a Vesalius Trust Research Grant. He recently participated in the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Research Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense. In the field of anaplastology, he has authored several papers as well as participated in many invited lecture presentations. Most recently for the BCCA he conducted the anaplastology job/task analysis research which has been used to develop professional practice standards and a first ever certification exam for clinical anaplastologists worldwide.

    JENNIFER E. FAIRMAN, MA, CMI, FAMI assistant professor

    imageJennifer is a Certified Medical Illustrator and holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where she previously received her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration. Jennifer's background includes experience in medical and scientific illustration for publication and patient education, 2D animation, web publishing and interactive and graphic design. Jennifer is a professional member and served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She served as a scientific illustrator and research associate in entomology for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her primary research and production work was based at the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory located within the National Museum of Natural History. Her work at the Smithsonian also brought her to Costa Rica, where at INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad) she assisted in systematic entomological research and taught scientific illustration. She is also a professional member of the GNSI, The Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, and is currently serving as 3rd-term Board Member to the Vesalius Trust. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work including Awards of Merit and Excellence from the AMI, a Smithsonian Women's Committee Grant, a James Smithson Society Fellowship, and a Vesalius Trust Research Grant. Ms. Fairman is also the 1999 recipient of the Inez Demonet Award. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the AMI and received it's Outstanding Achievement Award.


    IAN SUK, BScBMC, CMI associate professor

    image Ian Suk is the Spine Center's medical illustrator. He specializes in imaging complex surgeries for various medical journals and textbooks. He teaches several courses in medical illustration at The Johns Hopkins University Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

    Ian, a 1993 graduate of the University of Toronto, Department of Biocommunications, joined the full-time faculty of the Department at Johns Hopkins in 2002 to continue his work with Dr. Ziya Gokaslan in the Department of Neurological Surgery following their move to Baltimore from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

    NORMAN BARKER associate professor

    image Norm is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy, macro and natural science photography. Norm is Director of Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Labratory. He is a Registered Biological Photographer and a Fellow of the Biocommunications Association and his work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. Norm's work lies between the interface of art and science. His work is in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History and The Science Museum in London.

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    Jackie Kustan awarded the 2015 Inez Demonet Scholarship... read more

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    Thesis Presentations will be held at 2:30pm , May 1st 2015... read more

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    Jeff Day awarded the Alan Cole Scholarship, Class of 2015 all VT winners!... read more

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    Save the Date! July for the 2015 Annual Alumni Dinner... read more

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    Mesa Schumacher receives the 2014-2015 Reather Award... read more

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    Jeff Day awarded the 2014-2015 Netter Scholarship... read more

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    James Abraham Interviewed on ABC News... read more

    art May 2014

    Eduardo Arias has successfully completed the supervised training program in Clinical Anaplastology/Facial and Ocular Prosthetics... read more

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    Christopher Smith Awarded Inez Demonet Scholarship for 2014... read more

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    NEW portfolio submission process using SlideRoom.com... read more

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    Corinne Sandone has been appointed Director of the Graduate Program in Medical and Biological Illustration... read more

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    On May 23 at the annual Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Convocation Dr. John Cody received the Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing him a distinguished Hopkins alumnus... read more

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