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Translational Anatomy Faculty

Eustathia Lela Giannaris, PhD - Division of Translational Anatomy - Radiology University of Massachuetts Medical SchoolEustathia Lela Giannaris, PhD

Associate Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Co-Leader, Development Structure and Function Course (DSF)
Director, Summer Anatomy Enrichment Program
Contact: EustathiaLela.Giannaris@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

Lela Giannaris, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology at UMMS. Dr. Giannaris joined the UMMS faculty in 2010 after earning a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. She previously worked at the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility at Weill Medical College of Cornell University performing preclinical testing of viral vectors for the treatment of Batten’s Disease. She earned a BA degree in Biology, with a concentration of Neurobiology and Behavior, from Cornell University. Dr. Giannaris has conducted neuroscience research on various topics, such as gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and quantitative neuroanatomy in aging.

Dr. Giannaris currently serves as Chair of the first year Foundations of Medicine (FOM1) curriculum committee, Director of Anatomy and Course Co-Leader of the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course, as well as core faculty in the second year Brain: Track 1- Clinical Neuroanatomy course. The DSF course is the largest foundational course for first-year medical students at UMMS and integrates the disciplines of anatomy, embryology, histology, radiology and physiology. In this educational leadership role, she has been focused on effecting several changes to improve the quality of the student experience, increase integration among disciplines, and emphasize clinically relevant anatomy. Within the Department of Radiology, Dr. Giannaris has worked closely with colleagues to integrate teaching of clinical anatomy with diagnostic radiology. As part of the DSF leadership team, she was lauded with the Educational Achievement (Star) Award in 2019 for work in transforming this major foundational course into an engaging vertically and horizontally integrated learning experience for UMMS medical students. Dr. Giannaris has also been recognized by students for excellence in teaching with Outstanding Basic Science Medical Educator Awards in 2015 and 2020. She is currently overseeing the development and implementation of a longitudinal anatomy curriculum as part of the UMMS curriculum revolution efforts, a major collaborative effort with basic scientists and clinicians across the institution. She is inspired by the collaborative work and innovation that comes from engaging with colleagues on interprofessional teams. 

In addition, Dr. Giannaris directs the Summer Prosection Program for rising second-year medical students who are interested in receiving further training in anatomy and developing educational materials to enhance the anatomy curriculum.  Each year she also engages students in the Summer Curriculum Development Program and has produced innovative curricular resources in collaboration with them. She incorporates feedback and carefully evaluates each resource and curricular element with an eye on both content and the student experience. She enjoys working with students and strives to create a positive and inclusive learning environment. 

Dr. Giannaris’ research interests include curriculum development, implementation and assessment for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy in undergraduate medical education. She also has a strong interest in the hidden curriculum that the anatomy dissection experience offers. She works to promote humanism in her teaching and has implemented special ceremonies for students both at the start and end of the anatomy course, in addition to well-established annual anatomical gift donor memorial service. 

In addition to her many service contributions at UMMS, Dr. Giannaris is also involved on the national level with anatomy professional organizations.  She is former chair and now presidential appointee on the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) and a member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA).

Dr. Giannaris is also a graduate of the American Association of Medical College’s (AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) year-long certificate program.  The program focused on four areas: 1) vision and setting direction; 2) developing people; 3) developing organizations; and 4) managing effectively. She is also a graduate of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) at UMMS. She is a passionate and dedicated medical educator and leader who strives to make learners and colleagues feel engaged, empowered and valued.  

Yasmin Carter, PhDYasmin Carter, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director, Innovations Lab (iLab) in iCELS
Contact: Yasmin.Carter@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

Yasmin Carter Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Founding Director of the Innovations Lab @UMMS.  Dr. Carter completed her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her Master's at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol, England. She undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada.

Dr. Carter serves as a core anatomy faculty member in both the lab and lecture hall in the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course for first-year medical students.  Her interests focus on using anatomy as a keystone for teaching transgender healthcare content and best practices to medical students and professionals.  With a mission to advance health equity for gender minorities, Dr. Carter created a module introducing the basic concepts of sex and gender into anatomical curriculums which was implemented here at UMMS and shared internationally. Dr Carter has set a trajectory that has an influence on education and direct outcomes for patient care.

Her research includes projects on incorporation of LGBTQ+ competencies into the undergraduate medical education and the creation of educational materials for allied health professionals in the anatomy of post-surgical gender affirmation interventions.

Dr Carter also runs the Translational Anatomy Innovations Lab @UMMS, a ‘maker-space’ dedicated to creative and out-of-the-box thinking in medical education. The lab focuses on using innovative and interactive instructional strategies and techniques to improve student engagement and learning outcomes that align with their professional goals. Through the use of virtual and augmented reality models, the goal is to teach anatomy in 4-dimensions more representative of live anatomy making it increasingly applicable to patients. An initiative focused on the creation of an anatomically accurate model of the deltoid for pediatric injection training was awarded a Remillard Family Community Service Fund in 2019.

Many projects in the lab focus on the creation and assessment of 3D models - both virtual and physical for anatomical learning. Capstone student projects in the lab include, 3D Modeling of Female Pelvis with Hillary Mullan ‘SOM20, winner of the 2019 Massachusetts Medical Society’s 18th annual Information Technology in Medicine Award.

In addition to her full-time appointment at UMMS, Dr. Carter is an adjunct faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) School of Optometry and is an anatomical consultant and course author for the Apple Design Award winning app “Complete Anatomy” by 3D4medical. Dr. Carter writes and conducts research in the fields of bone biology and human osteology.

In addition to many service contributions at UMMS, Dr. Carter is also involved on the national level with multiple professional organizations including roles as:  

The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) - 2020 - 2021 Annual Meeting Co-Chair and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Member of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) Work Group on Gender Diversity. Member of the Elsevier Advisory Board on 3D Anatomy. 

Find her on twitter at @DrYasminCarter

Manas Das, MD, MS, Associate Professor Radiology, UMass Medical School

Manas Das, MD, MS

Associate Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director, Clinical Anatomy
Contact: Manas.Das@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

 


Dr. Manas Das is Director of Clinical Anatomy, Director of Embryology and Director of Histology. Dr. Das first earned his MD and later an MS [Anatomy] from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. His post-graduate training specialized in Clinical Anatomy and Neurology. After completing his medical training he initially practiced medicine full time, mostly ICU/Cardiology, then practiced and taught and eventually became a full time educator in 2005. Dr. Das finds working with students the most inspiring.

Dr. Das for previously was Associate Professor and Director of Anatomical Sciences Education and Director of Medical Foundations at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota.

Manas Das - Histology and Embryology - Thieme Test PrepDas’ first book, Medical Histology and Embryology Q&A, was published in November of 2017 by Thieme Publishers, Inc., NY, USA. 

He is a founding member of a community within the American Association of Anatomists titled ‘Task Force in Anatomical Sciences’. Dr. Das led a national group of educators from within the community to develop standards for competencies in Medical Histology and Human Embryology. Their paper A Guide to Competencies, Educational Goals, and Learning Objectives for Teaching Human Embryology in an Undergraduate Medical Education Setting was published in the Medical Science Educator in March 2018.

Alexandra Wink, PhD Assistant Professor Radiology, UMass Medical SchoolAlexandra Wink, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Contact: Alexandra.Wink@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

Alexandra Wink, PhD recently joined the Division of Translational Anatomy where she will be teaching in the DSF course for the first year medical students and assisting in the anatomy labs. Dr. Wink's education includes a BS, Physiology and Developmental Biology (Brigham Young University – Provo,); MS, Forensic Anthropology (Boston University SoM); PhD, Anatomy and Neurobiology (Boston University School of Medicine). She was a graduate teaching fellow at Boston University School of Medicine where she assisted in Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience courses for Medical, Dental, and Graduate Students. Prior to that, she worked as a forensic anthropologist at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where she focused on identifying skeletal remains of unaccounted-for US service members and aided in a mass identification effort for Korean War Unknowns.

Dr. Wink's first forays into anatomy were as a small child surrounded by Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia of the Human Body and her mom’s copy of Taber’s Medical Dictionary, but her current position in medical education was a bit of a happy accident. She pursued an anatomy PhD with the original intention of returning to forensic anthropology, but after completing her department’s extensive teaching requirement, she fell in love with teaching and developing new ways to get students excited about anatomy. In addition, she completed a dissertation in clinical epidemiology and developed a skill set that can easily translate to medical education research.

Alexandra is very interested in developing ways to make the dissection experience more meaningful for students. This includes using anatomy laboratory time to foreshadow the human aspects of clinical practice and to develop peer communication skills, but it also means teaching students that proper dissection technique and a solid understanding of anatomical relationships go hand-in-hand.

Amanda Collins, MPH, Instructor Radiology, UMass Medical SchoolAmanda Collins, MPH

Instructor Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director Anatomical Services
Contact: Amanda.Collins@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

Amanda Collins, MPH is an Instructor for the Division of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is the Director of Anatomical Services. Ms. Collins is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Gerontology at University of Massachusetts – Boston, focusing her research on grief, bereavement, and end-of-life care. Ms. Collins completed her Master's of Public Health at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate studies in Mortuary Science and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. 

Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Collins worked as a mortician, specializing in embalming and restorative art techniques. Her technical skills led her to a position at the University of Vermont as an anatomical embalmer. She joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2016 as the Director of Anatomical Services.  As the Director, she oversees the operations of the Anatomical Gift Program and manages the Anatomy Resource Center. Her interests include preservation techniques, environmental health and safety in the anatomy labs, and improving educational efforts in the anatomy lab.  Her research efforts explore grief, healthy aging, and body donation ethics, all of which she strives to integrate into the lab experience.

Ms. Collins joined the faculty for the first-year medical student course - Development, Structure, and Function in 2018.  Her educational interests include lecturing in embryology and instructing students in the anatomy labs.

Ms. Collins sits on the Anatomical Gift Program Oversight Committee, the Pine Hill Cemetery Board of Directors, and is active in the Anatomical Services special interest group of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). She is an active member in the professional organizations: National Funeral Directors Association of America, American Association for Anatomy (AAA) and Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Anne Gilroy, Translational Anatomy - Radiology UMass Medical School

Anne Gilroy

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Anatomy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Contact: Anne.Gilroy@umassmed.edu
Faculty Profile

Anne Gilroy, Retired Professor of Clinical Anatomy, over her 25 years as a UMass employee, she created and directed a variety of 4th year electives and residency anatomy programs, and was co-director of the Development, Structure and Function course for 1st year medical students. In 2008 Anne co-authored the Thieme’s Atlas of Anatomy (now in its 2nd edition) and in 2012 authored Thieme’s Anatomy-An Essential Textbook, both of which were designed for use in medical gross anatomy programs. Her interests focus on curriculum development, especially as it pertains to the integration of clinical medicine with basic anatomy. As the Director of Anatomy and Imaging Resources for iCels, Anne was responsible for creating innovative teaching strategies through the use of simulation technology. Since 2012 Anne has been part of the collaborative revitalization of the anatomy program at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine of the University of Liberia, West Africa.