Elected Officers:

President | President Elect | Immediate Past President | Secretary | Treasurer

Elected Governors:

Chair | Vice Chair | Past Chair, Ex-Officio | Governors

Joanne Haderer Muller | President

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Joanne Haderer Muller PhotoBoston, MA 02115

Joanne Muller is Director of Creative Media at HMX Online Learning at Harvard Medical School where she leads a team of biomedical illustrator/animators, designers, and video experts in the creation of unique media-rich online medical education courses. She advocates the value of biomedical visualization professionals and believes that educational materials are stronger when we play an influential role in the conceptualization and development of content.

After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a Master’s degree in Medical and Scientific Illustration, Joanne moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where she co-owned and operated Haderer & Muller Biomedical Art, LLC, a medical illustration and anaplastology studio. In 2004, the studio re-located to Boston and continues to serve international and domestic clients in a variety of industries.

Joanne is a Certified Medical Illustrator and a Fellow of the AMI. She has served on multiple AMI committees over the years including Finance, Professional Guidelines, and Sponsorship/Grantwriting, and she was Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2018 AMI conference in Newton, MA. Joanne served on the Board of the AMI (2010–2015) including as Chair of the Board (2013–2014). She is honored to return to work with the Board to strengthen this Association on behalf of its membership.

Nicholas Woolridge  | President Elect

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Nicholas Woolridge PhotoToronto, ON

Nick is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He was Director of the Master of Science In Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto from 2008 to 2019 (and is the current Associate Director). The MScBMC program is 75 years old in 2020, and is the only accredited medical illustration program in Canada. Nick teaches graduate courses in introductory 3D modelling (using medical imaging technologies and ZBrush) and cinematic design, and an undergraduate course in information and data visualization.

Nick graduated from the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Communications program in 1992 (before the program was redeveloped as a graduate program), and then obtained a Master of Science from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine in 1996. Over the years he has explored interactive media in medical education, 3D technologies for science education (including molecular modelling and representation), non-photorealistic rendering, and the importance of design processes in cinematic storytelling. He is the co-author (with Jason Sharpe and Charles Lumsden) of In Silico: 3D Animation and Simulation of Cell Biology with Maya and MEL, and is currently working on a documentary called Useful Models (with colleague Maeve Doyle) on the history of molecular representation.

Nick is a Certified Medical Illustrator and a Fellow of the AMI. Nick served for many years as the chair of the Council on Education for the AMI, spearheaded the revision of the educational standards for accredited programs, and served as program co-chair of an AMI annual meeting in Toronto. He is honoured to be working with the Board of Governors and AMI management on behalf of the membership of this fantastic organization.

John Martini | Immediate Past President

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John Martini PhotoSan Antonio, TX 78249

John is a Senior Medical Illustrator in Visual Communications at Biodynamic Research Corporation (BRC) in San Antonio Texas, a consulting firm specializing in impact biomechanics and injury causation analysis (where physics and anatomy meet) in support of litigation and research. Prior to this he was with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, and in his own illustration and design business.

He received a BA in Biology from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, and an MS in Medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. John is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator and a Fellow of the AMI. He has served 2 terms as Chair of the Board of Governors of the AMI (2003 and 2004), has chaired and served on several committees, and most recently co-chaired the Program Committee for Austin 2017. He has also served on the Board of the Vesalius Trust. John has always been impressed with what an amazing, talented and hard working group of volunteers we have as an organization. He looks forward to being back in that environment and giving back to the organization that has given him so much.

Zina Deretsky | Secretary

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Zina Deretsky PhotoBethesda, MD

Bio coming soon!

 

Jill Gregory | Treasurer

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Jill Gregory Photo PhotoMount Sinai Health System
New York, NY 10029

Jill Gregory has been a practicing medical illustrator since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998, and has spent her entire career in academic medical centers in New York City. She started out as a staff medical illustrator at Beth Israel Medical Center, and is currently the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In this position, she creates visual materials for academic purposes: journal articles, textbook chapters, and in-classroom and online education. She also teaches classes and workshops in effective data visualization for medical and graduate students. She is especially interested in the intersection of medical illustration and instructional design, and believes that while the medical education field knows about and depends on imagery to teach, there is a vast opportunity for medical illustrators to go beyond image-making into influencing how content is taught.

Betsy Weissbrod | Chair of the Board

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Betsy Weissbrod PhotoElizabeth “Betsy” Weissbrod is a certified medical illustrator for the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center of the Uniformed Services University. There she creates content for military medical education curriculum ranging from 3D animation, traditional illustration, digital 2D artwork, medical moulage, and prototyping simulators.

Betsy received her MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in 2010. That same year, she founded Weissbrod Studios. In 2012 she completed her service as a multi-media illustrator in the United States Army Reserves. She currently serves as chair of the Artists’ Rights Committee, is a member of the Professional Guidelines Committee, and has served on several other committees since joining the AMI. In addition to art, she looks for ways to serve those around her through international and local community volunteer opportunities.

Craig Foster | Vice Chair of the Board

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Craig Foster PhotoCraig Foster, MSMI, CMI, is an experienced medical illustrator and animator who has produced award-winning visuals for Time Life Medical, major pharmaceutical corporations, medical device manufacturers and biotechnology companies. He has been a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 1991 and is a Certified Medical Illustrator. Craig has a fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University).

In addition to maintaining his medical visualization company, Craig is also a visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches courses in Surgical Illustration, Scientific Animation, and Interactive Media.

Karen Bucher | Past Chair, Ex-Officio

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Karen BucherKaren Bucher is the Manager of Editorial Graphics and Senior Medical Illustrator for the weekly peer-reviewed publication Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the specialty publications of JAMA Network. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization (BVIS) graduate program. After earning her BA in studio art from Indiana University, Karen graduated from the Johns Hopkins University’s Art as Applied to Medicine graduate program.

Hoc Kho | Governor

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Hoc Kho PhotoHoc recently celebrated his 19th work anniversary at Nucleus Medical Media, Inc., a medical visualization company based in the metro Atlanta area. He has a dual role in his current position. As the Custom Animation Director, he works with the sales department to consult prospective clients about their audiovisual needs and pitch Nucleus’ talents and capabilities. He is also involved in all aspects of production as a Senior Medical animator, including client interface, storyboard development, 3D modeling, animation, and final compositing. He has produced animations for research institutions, hospitals, medical device, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

Prior to medical animation, Hoc created book illustrations, poster designs and hundreds of custom trial exhibits at Medical Legal Art. He also worked as a graphic specialist at the Division of Immunology and Organ Transplantation at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Hoc is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine program. He is currently on the Vesalius Trust Scholarship Committee and is looking forward to learning and contributing to the AMI as a member of the Board of Governors.

Michael Konomos | Governor

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Weissbrod PhotoMichael Konomos is Lead Medical Illustrator at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. In addition to serving on the Board of Governors he also works with the Diversity Committee. Michael has a particular interest in advocating for diversity, equality, and justice inside and outside the profession and is always ready to listen and serve as an advocate.

Michael is a generalist who relishes variety, pursuing a broad understanding of many digital tools and scientific disciplines in order to match the best solution to the problem at hand. He has extensive experience in patient eduction and medical education. As leader of the Visual Medical Education team, Michael enjoys 'conducting the orchestra' as much as playing any individual instrument. He has a particular passion for using medical illustration as a tool to improve measurable outcomes.

Michael completed his BFA in Scientific Illustration at the University of Georgia and his MS in Medical Illustration in Augusta, GA. He previously worked for Augusta University Cardiology Division and Emory Department of Surgery.

Marcelo Oliver | Governor

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Marcelo Oliver Marcelo Oliver is President and Co-owner of Body Scientific International, LLC., a company that specializes in medical illustration, design, and services for students and healthcare professionals to excel in their medical education. Marcelo received his Master of Fine Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1992. Upon graduating he was hired at Anatomical Chart Company where he illustrated many pharmaceutical patient education programs and later became creative director. In the early 2000’s Marcelo worked as marketing director for Heartsine Technologies, before starting Body Scientific in 2005. The creative team at Body Scientific has illustrated thousands of anatomy and surgical images for textbooks and also pursues international business opportunities in Asia, the Gulf Region and South America. Marcelo currently serves a member of the Advisory Committee at UIC Biomedical Visualization Program and is looking forward to serving on the AMI Board of Governors.

Mandy Root-Thompson | Governor

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Mandy Root-Thompson PhotoI am a Certified Medical Illustrator in private practice in Westerville Ohio and an adjunct instructor of Freshman CORE Studio and Biomedical Illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

As a medical illustrator, and owner of MedDraw Studio, I work with medical, legal, and scientific professionals to communicate complex information to a lay audience in the form of patient and consumer education materials and demonstrative exhibits. My primary focus is 2D illustrations for books, patient education, and peer reviewed medical and scientific journals. I also make the occasional middle school career day presentation.

I received my bachelor’s degree in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design, a teaching certificate from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I have served on multiple AMI committees including the Artist Rights Committee 2015-2019, Tech Showcase Chair 2017, Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2018 AMI conference in Newton, MA and the 2019 conference in Milwaukee, WI, Salon Juror 2017-2018, and Salon Judging Co-chair 2019-2020.

My big picture goal for the AMI is a quote by John F. Kennedy “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I believe that it is through a shared goal that we will all be successful.

Fabian de Kok-Mercado | Governor

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Fabian de Kok-Mercado PhotoAs Creative Director within the Department of Science Education at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Fabian’s primary responsibilities include directing and managing the production of science and medical visualization media including animations, illustrations, and interactives. He also oversees implementation of branding materials and emerging technologies for BioInteractive and Tangled Bank Studios. Prior to joining HHMI, he was the Medical Illustrator and Lead Designer for the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility and co-founder of ProAtlantal Studio, a medical animation and illustration business with a wide range of clientele in medical device development, educational products, and neuro-anatomical research. ProAtlantal Studio was co-founded with his wife and colleague Lydia Gregg.

As a member of the AMI, he has chaired the Salon, taught numerous workshops and techniques showcases, has been a mentor for new members as part of the AMI Mentorship Committee, and organized and moderated a member’s forum discussion panel. He’s been a member of the Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators since 2013. In 2018, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association. In addition, he’s an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Medical and Biological Illustration Graduate Program of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he co-instructs a course on Molecular and Cellular Visualization.

Fabian received his Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2008, after receiving his Bachelors in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University.