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Session 4: Service

1 hr Art CEUs approved by the Association of Medical Illustrators

The Service of Medical Illustration Heading link

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Karen Bucher
Karen Bucher is a manager 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.

Contributions of BVIS Heading link

Ni-ka Ford Headshot

Ni-ka Ford 
Ni-ka is an Academic Medical Illustrator for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She creates didactic illustrations and 3D visualizations for scientific research, medical education, and patient education. An Atlanta native, Ni-ka graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. She continued to develop her portfolio while taking science courses as a post-baccalaureate student before matriculating at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization in 2017. Her goals include improving health literacy and contributing to the growing need for inclusive and diverse representation within medical and healthcare literature. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Diversity Committee within the Association of Medical Illustrators and a Co-organizer for the SciVizNYC annual conference.

The Value of Medical Illustrations during Public Health Emergencies Heading link

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Dan Higgins
Dan Higgins is a Medical Illustrator for the Centers for Disease and Preventions (CDC). He received his master’s degree in Biomedical Visualization (MAMS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design (BFA) from the University of Georgia. Dan serves all areas of the CDC working in 3D and 2D illustration, animation, graphic design, brand development and 3D printing. His work has been utilized at the forefront of disease outbreaks and is part of many scientific publications and public health education initiatives. Dan’s work includes collaboration in several high profile and emergency response projects, namely COVID-19, Zika, Ebola, the Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, Influenza pandemics (H5N1 and H1N1), Cholera and more. Most recently, he was part of the COVID brand design team for which he won a silver award in Graphis Design Annual 2022. He also won the Beazley Design of the Year award for his part in creating the visualization of the SARS-Cov-2 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic which has been seen around the world. When not working, Dan enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

The Impact of Biomedical Visualization Heading link

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Dorothy Fatunmbi
Dorothy Fatunmbi is an award-winning medical illustrator and animator. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in Biomedical Visualization and works as a Medical and Scientific illustrator/animator at HMX Online Learning at Harvard Medical School. There, she collaborates with a team of experts to create instructional medical illustrations and animations about advanced topics in medicine.