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Ann C. Zumwalt, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentAnatomy & Neurobiology
Address72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4321
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-4557-4273
Other Positions
TitleGraduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2010Boston University School of Medicine: Educator of the Year - Preclinical
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Zumwalt joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2007. Her research interests focus on investigating changes in perception as individuals grow from naïve learners to experts. She is also interested in clinical anatomy projects that advance clinicians’ understanding of anatomy in a way that improves medical procedures such as surgical approaches or radiation treatments

Dr. Zumwalt is the Course Director for the Medical Gross Anatomy course and is the section leader for the Thorax-Abdomen-Pelvis and Head and Neck sections of that course. She also teaches advanced clinical anatomy topics, including anatomy refresher sessions for the Radiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkships. She is Course Director of the department’s Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences course and Anatomy Journal Club, and is the faculty advisor for the Anatomical Sciences Interest Group.

Dr. Zumwalt earned her doctorate in 2005 from the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research there demonstrated that endurance exercise does not affect the surface morphology of skeletal muscle attachments. These findings challenge the rarely questioned assumption that analysis of these features can be used to provide insight into the activity patterns of extinct human and animal populations. Dr. Zumwalt subsequently joined the Animal Locomotion Laboratory in the Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy at Duke University. There she investigated the effects of hypermuscularity on locomotor patterns and bone morphology in rodents. She also collaborated on various research and educational projects with clinicians in radiation oncology, obstetrics and gynecology and neurology.

Some of Dr. Zumwalt’s BUSM service efforts include acting as chairman of the John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day committee and as a School of Medicine representative to the University Faculty Council. On a national level, she is actively involved in the American Association of Anatomists, having served on the AAA’s Advisory Committee of Young Anatomists and Board of Directors.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Medical Education Gross Anatomy Clinical Anatomy Educator/teacher training
 Publications
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  1. Zumwalt AC, Iyer A, Ghebremichael A, Frustace BS, Flannery S. Gaze patterns of gross anatomy students change with classroom learning. Anat Sci Educ. 2015 May-Jun; 8(3):230-41. PMID: 25156955.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Pearson WG, Zumwalt AC. Visualizing Hyolaryngeal Mechanics in Swallowing Using Dynamic MRI. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Eng Imaging Vis. 2013 Oct 29. PMID: 25090608.
    View in: PubMed
  3. Lufler RS, Zumwalt AC. Imaging the cadavers being dissected does not appear to improve the gross anatomy dissection experience. Anat Sci Educ. 2014 Jan-Feb; 7(1):78-9. PMID: 24115605.
    View in: PubMed
  4. Arya R, Morrison T, Zumwalt A, Shaffer K. Making education effective and fun: stations-based approach to teaching radiology and anatomy to third-year medical students. Acad Radiol. 2013 Oct; 20(10):1311-8. PMID: 24029065.
    View in: PubMed
  5. Stefanik JJ, Zumwalt AC, Segal NA, Lynch JA, Powers CM. Association between measures of patella height, morphologic features of the trochlea, and patellofemoral joint alignment: the MOST study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Aug; 471(8):2641-8. PMID: 23546847.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Kleber KT, Young ME, Zumwalt AC. Anatomy in aging: A model for vertically integrating basic science content into clinical teaching. Medical Science Educator. 2013; 3S(23):426-429.
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  7. Pearson WG, Hindson DF, Langmore SE, Zumwalt AC. Evaluating swallowing muscles essential for hyolaryngeal elevation by using muscle functional magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013 Mar 1; 85(3):735-40. PMID: 22995662.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Pearson WG, Langmore SE, Yu LB, Zumwalt AC. Structural analysis of muscles elevating the hyolaryngeal complex. Dysphagia. 2012 Dec; 27(4):445-51. PMID: 22278076.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Lufler RS, Zumwalt AC, Romney CA, Hoagland TM. Effect of visual-spatial ability on medical students' performance in a gross anatomy course. Anat Sci Educ. 2012 Jan-Feb; 5(1):3-9. PMID: 22127919.
    View in: PubMed
  10. Stefanik JJ, Guermazi A, Zhu Y, Zumwalt AC, Gross KD, Clancy M, Lynch JA, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Roemer FW, Powers CM, Felson DT. Quadriceps weakness, patella alta, and structural features of patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Oct; 63(10):1391-7. PMID: 21702087.
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  11. Stefanik JJ, Roemer FW, Zumwalt AC, Zhu Y, Gross KD, Lynch JA, Frey-Law LA, Lewis CE, Guermazi A, Powers CM, Felson DT. Association between measures of trochlear morphology and structural features of patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis on MRI: the MOST study. J Orthop Res. 2012 Jan; 30(1):1-8. PMID: 21710542.
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  12. Hirsch AE, Cuaron JJ, Janicek MJ, Mui K, Lee RJ, Wang DS, Babayan RK, Zumwalt AC, Gignac GA, Tao W, Ozonoff A, Zietman AL. Anatomic differences after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and open prostatectomy: implications for radiation field design. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2011 Apr-Jun; 1(2):115-25. PMID: 24673925.
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  13. Pearson WG, Langmore SE, Zumwalt AC. Evaluating the structural properties of suprahyoid muscles and their potential for moving the hyoid. Dysphagia. 2011 Dec; 26(4):345-51. PMID: 21069388.
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  14. Stefanik JJ, Zhu Y, Zumwalt AC, Gross KD, Clancy M, Lynch JA, Frey Law LA, Lewis CE, Roemer FW, Powers CM, Guermazi A, Felson DT. Association between patella alta and the prevalence and worsening of structural features of patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis: the multicenter osteoarthritis study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Sep; 62(9):1258-65. PMID: 20506169.
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  15. Schmitt D, Zumwalt AC, Hamrick MW. The relationship between bone mechanical properties and ground reaction forces in normal and hypermuscular mice. J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol. 2010 Jul 1; 313(6):339-51. PMID: 20535766.
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  16. Zumwalt AC, Lufler RS, Monteiro J, Shaffer K. Building the body: active learning laboratories that emphasize practical aspects of anatomy and integration with radiology. Anat Sci Educ. 2010 May-Jun; 3(3):134-40. PMID: 20496434.
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  17. Lufler RS, Zumwalt AC, Romney CA, Hoagland TM. Incorporating radiology into medical gross anatomy: does the use of cadaver CT scans improve students' academic performance in anatomy? Anat Sci Educ. 2010 Mar-Apr; 3(2):56-63. PMID: 20213692.
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  18. Hutchinson D, Ho V, Dodd M, Dawson HN, Zumwalt AC, Schmitt D, Colton CA. Quantitative measurement of postural sway in mouse models of human neurodegenerative disease. Neuroscience. 2007 Sep 21; 148(4):825-32. PMID: 17764851.
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  19. Zumwalt AC, Marks L, Halperin EC. Integrating gross anatomy into a clinical oncology curriculum: the oncoanatomy course at Duke University School of Medicine. Acad Med. 2007 May; 82(5):469-74. PMID: 17457069.
    View in: PubMed
  20. Zumwalt A. The effect of endurance exercise on the morphology of muscle attachment sites. J Exp Biol. 2006 Feb; 209(Pt 3):444-54. PMID: 16424094.
    View in: PubMed
  21. Zumwalt AC, Hamrick M, Schmitt D. Force plate for measuring the ground reaction forces in small animal locomotion. J Biomech. 2006; 39(15):2877-81. PMID: 16356506.
    View in: PubMed
  22. Zumwalt A. A new method for quantifying the complexity of muscle attachment sites. Anat Rec B New Anat. 2005 Sep; 286(1):21-8. PMID: 16177994.
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  23. Richtsmeier JT, Zumwalt A, Carlson EJ, Epstein CJ, Reeves RH. Craniofacial phenotypes in segmentally trisomic mouse models for Down syndrome. Am J Med Genet. 2002 Feb 1; 107(4):317-24. PMID: 11840489.
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