Eo Trueblood // Brian Dunham
A drawing class designed by Eo Trueblood has been tailored specifically to residents and fellows at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal is to give doctors a toolbox of practical drawing skills in order to improve their ability to communicate medical information. The course focuses on specific anatomy and visual communication elements. Each class is based on three pillars:
1. Observation: Build an understanding of procedures and anatomy by slowing down and forcing the brain and eye to process multiple complex elements.
2. Eye-Hand Coordination: Develop translated skills between eye-hand coordination of drawing and that of surgery (i.e. Bovie pencil).
3. Communication:Communicating non-verbally, allowing a physician to provide better care to patients and families by increasing understanding of conditions and procedures. This is especially true for families where English is their second language.
Four classes will be explored covering drawing the AP and lateral views of the head and torso, rendering and manipulating tubes, understanding and describing simple tissue reactions, utilizing arrows, dashed lines, and universal symbols to show procedural steps, and incorporating all the elements into a single composition.
Eo Trueblood is the lead illustrator and cofounder of Stream Studios at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Stream Studios was founded in 2013 with Dr. Brian Dunham and provides illustrations for the medical community. Eo specializes in pediatric 2D illustrations with a specific focus in the field of Otolaryngology. His work can be seen throughout the website at CHOP, in various medical journals, pediatric surgical atlases, and in a variety of videos produced by the hospital. At CHOP he has illustrated groundbreaking procedures such as the first viable artificial womb, the separation of craniopagus conjoined twins, and the first ever bilateral pediatric hand transplant.
In addition to illustration production, Eo has developed a drawing curriculum with Dr. Thane Blinman as part of the Pedestal teaching lab, wherein residents and fellows learn essential drawing techniques. Eo is a graduate from the department of Art as Applied to Medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Brian Dunham studied fine arts as an undergraduate at Darmouth College. While a medical student at Stanford University, he became interested in both medical illustration and surgery. After graduating from Stanford in 1998, he had the good fortune of doing his otolaryngology/head and neck residency at Johns Hopkins, where he was able to study as an independent student with The Art as Applied to Medicine Department. Dr. Dunham graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2005 with advanced surgical training in otology/neurotology and went on to complete a two-year pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During the second year of his pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, he returned to Johns Hopkins to further his studies in medical illustration. He is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins.