CEU’s: 0.1 Biomed


Isabel Romero Calvo (Moderator) // Mike Walsh // Tiha Long // Christa Wellman 

Because it’s the 500th anniversary for DaVinci, we want to have a panel of folks currently working in medicine or research to give a scientist’s perspective on DaVinci’s influence as it applies to modern practices in research and clinical practice! Some of the potential questions we have (wording is subject to change):

  • DaVinci’s work influenced modern dissection practices by defining specific things; do you think that this discovery is still relevant to clinical practice with your own patients?
  • Much of DaVinci’s visualizations changed how research was conducted. What about current anatomical dissection still illustrates those principles, if any?



[Keywords for this session: Anatomy, DaVinci, Leonardo, Science, Clinics, Physicians, Medicine, Practice] 

Isabel Romero Calvo

Isabel is a biomedical illustrator who is skilled in the process of communicating intricate scientific ideas through visualization. ​ Isabel grew up in the historic town of Granada, Spain. She earned her PhD in 2013 from the Biochemistry Department of the University of Granada. After that, she worked as a cancer biology researcher at the University of Chicago. Throughout her scientific career she has always been passionate about communicating science through art. She has used every opportunity throughout her education to illustrate science, such as her dissertation, scientific papers, presentations, and in the classroom. Isabel is currently a second year Master’s student in the Biomedical Visualization Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is looking forward to her graduation in the Spring of 2019, and to be moving forward in this exciting vocation.

Mike Walsh

Dr. Michael Walsh is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a member of the faculty of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Following his general surgery internship at The Ohio State University, he completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Vermont. He then completed a Skull Base tumor/vascular fellowship at the University of Utah in 2009, with additional fellowship training in Japan. Prior to joining the faculty of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, he served as the director of neuro-oncology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. His research interests include virtual/augmented reality and 3D printing, and has collaborated the University of Tennessee School of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He and his neurosurgery team were recently awarded the prestigious Northwestern Medicine/Superior Ambulance Innovation Grant to continue his work with 3D modeling and video production for use in patient education. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 22 years, with whom he has four children, ranging in age from 9 to 21 (and a very strong-willed beagle).

Tiha Long

Tiha is a university faculty and scientific writer based in Chicago. She has over a decade of biomedical research and science communication experience. Although she has always had a penchant for the sciences, she has also been drawn to art and design. She began her college education by earning a degree in Visual Communications. She worked as a graphic designer while completing a Bachelor Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics. She utilized her science education to move into biomedical research, which led her to earn a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She continued working in the field of biomedical research at The University of Chicago. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong focus on scientific writing and communication, as demonstrated by the publication of research articles and reviews, grants awarded, and educational materials produced. When she is taking a break, Tiha truly enjoys oil painting on large canvases and playing the acoustic guitar.

Christa Wellman

University of Illinois at Chicago, Biomedical Visualization 1994

Christa Wellman serves as an instructor for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy for both graduate and medical school levels at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also on staff at the University’s Department of Neurosurgery where she serves as illustrator for neurosurgical publications and presentations of new surgical strategies. Christa has an interest in visualizing complex anatomical and neuroanatomical processes for facilitating learning in these areas. When she is not busy dissecting, she enjoys long distance hiking and backpacking, taking with her a small sketchbook to record the landscape along the way.