Ann C. Zumwalt, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine



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.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences



2010 Boston University School of Medicine: Educator of the Year - Preclinical
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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; DOI: 10.1002/ase.1485;.
  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; DOI: 10.1080/21681163.2013.846231;.
  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; DOI: 10.1002/ase.1399;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24029065; DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2013.07.012;.
  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; PMCID: PMC3705075; DOI: 10.1007/s11999-013-2942-6;.
  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. View Publication
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22995662; PMCID: PMC3563921; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.07.2370;.
  8. Pearson WG, Langmore SE, Yu LB, Zumwalt AC. Structural analysis of muscles elevating the hyolaryngeal complex. Dysphagia. 2012 Dec; 27(4):445-51.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22278076; PMCID: PMC3350616; DOI: 10.1007/s00455-011-9392-7;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22127919; DOI: 10.1002/ase.264;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21702087; PMCID: PMC3183313; DOI: 10.1002/acr.20528;.
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Medical Education Gross Anatomy Clinical Anatomy Educator/teacher training

I have a fundamental commitment and passion for training future educators. I teach the foundational course in teaching theory and practice in my department's Vesalius Program (www.bu.edu/vesalius), I have extensive experience mentoring graduate students as they develop intensive independent teaching projects, and have further training through the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions. I therefore would be pleased to serve as an Education Mentor to faculty or student trainees. I am the Masters Student Adviser for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and also have extensive experience working medical students at all stages of the 4-year curriculum. Therefore I am available to mentor both graduate and medical students for academic, career, or work-life balance issues. Finally, I serve on a variety of committees that address faculty issues across BUMC and BU so I am familiar with the challenges faculty face in a variety of scenarios. I would therefore be pleased to serve as a career, diversity, or education mentor for my faculty peers as well.

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  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
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