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Gary P. Lees, M.S.

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  • Director Emeritus, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
  • Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine


Gary Lees is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Professor Lees served as the Chair of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine from 1983 to 2017 and Director of the graduate program, Medical and Biological Illustration from 1983 to 2013. He is a certified medical illustrator.

He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Tulane University in 1966 and his master of science in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan in 1969.

Professor Lees' 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 the Art as Applied to Medicine. As the director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Hopkins he was responsible for revising the 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, 3D printing as well as other software innovations.

He has been an active professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) since 1971. He was an inaugural fellow of the AMI, chair of the Board of Governors in 1983 and president in 2000. In 2003 he received the association's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010 the Brödel Award for Excellence in Education. Currently, he is the co-editor of the Journal of Biocommunication and archivist of the Max Brödel Archives in the Department. more


  • Director Emeritus, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
  • Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine

Departments / Divisions


Additional Training

  • Certified Medical Illustrator, Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators, The Association of Medical Illustrators (Lexington, KY) (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

  1. Miller N. Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology 4th Ed., Vol. II. Williams and Wilkens, Baltimore, 1985.
  2. Rice TA, Michels RG, Stark WJ. Rob and Smith's Ophthalmic Surgery, 4th Ed. Butterworths, London, 1984.
  3. Michels R. Vitreous Surgery: A Manual. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1982.
  4. Miller N. Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology 4th Ed., Vol. I. Williams and Wilkens, Baltimore, 1982.
  5. Hirst LW, Lees GP, Requard J. Slit Lamp Training Atlas. The Medical Eye Bank Inc. Baltimore, 1981.
  6. White RI Jr., Barth KH, Kaufman SL, and Kadir S. Selected Techniques in Interventional Radiology. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1981.
  7. Michels RG. Vitreous Surgery. St. Louis, Mosby, 1981.
  8. Bash DM and Gold WA. The Nurse and the Child Bearing Family and the Nurse. New York, John Wiley, Inc., 1980.
  9. Chung SMK. The Pediatric Hip. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1980.
  10. Rich NM and Spencer FC. Vascular Trauma. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1978.
  11. White RI Jr. Fundamentals of Vascular Radiology. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1976.
  12. Bowerman JR. Radiology and Injury in Sports. New York, Appleton-Century Crofts, 1975.
  13. Beebe HG. Complications in Vascular Surgery. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1973.
  14. James AE and Squire LF: Nuclear Radiology. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1973.
  15. Coffey RJ and Lee TC. "The pancreas; neoplastic diseases." Operative Surgery, Principles and Techniques, edited by PF Nora. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1972.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Department of Art as Applied to Medicine

Activities & Honors


  • Brödel Award for Excellence in Education, Association of Medical Illustrators,, 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Medical Illustrators, 2002
  • Fellow, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude, Scientific Exhibit, Neuroradiological Society, 1987
  • First Place Award, Scientific Exhibit, Academy of Ophthalmology, 1984
  • Award of Excellence, Projection Media Association of Medical Illustrators, 1983
  • Gallery, Journal of Biocommunications, 1982
  • Invitational Show, Best of Contemporary Medical Art, Filmedicus, San Francisco, California,, 1982
  • Illustrated Medical Book Award, Best Medical Book, Association of Medical Illustrators


  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, 1972 - 2000
  • Professional Member, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1971

Professional Activities

  • Archivist of the MaxBrödel Archives
  • Academic Appraisal, University of Toronto, 2001
  • Academic Review Committee, University of Michigan, 1984
  • Academic Tenure Appointment Committee, Director of Biomedical Communications University of Toronto, 1997
  • Board of Governors, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1979
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Biocommunication, 2002
  • Committee to establish a program of "Survival Skills for Directors of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 2008
  • Conference organizer and session chair, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1971
  • Council on Education, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1983
  • External Review Committee of the Biological Pre, Iowa State University, 2007
  • Host, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, 1997
  • MA and PhD Committee, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1983
  • Management board, Journal of Biocommunications, 2007
  • Medical Education Building Art Committee, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2008
  • Panel of Experts, Science and Visualization Challenge, 2003
  • Planning committee, CDI, 2008
  • President, Association of Medical Illustrators, 2000
  • Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1987
  • Search Committee, University of Michigan, 1985
  • Search Committee for Director, University of Michigan, 1999
  • Treasurer, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1994
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