Gary P. Lees, MS, CMI, FAMI, Professor

Gary Lees, a Certified Medical Illustrator, is Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine which he lead as Chair from 1983-2017. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Tulane in 1966 and his Master of Science in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1969. His professional career began as a medical illustrator at Letter General Hospital in San Francisco. In 1970, he accepted a position as the illustrator for the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute with a faculty appointment in Art as Applied to Medicine. He became the Chair of Art as Applied to Medicine in 1983 and has been responsible for revising the Hopkins curriculum for graduate studies in Medical and Biological Illustration to reflect the dynamic changes in digital and communication technologies including recent advances in data compression, three dimensional modeling, availability of advanced internet data transfer, and software innovations. Gary has been an active Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) since 1971; was an inaugural Fellow of the AMI; Chair of the Board of Governors in 1983, Chair of the Council on Education 1990-96, 1999-03, and 2007-09; President of the AMI in 2000; received the Association’ s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Max Brödel Award for Excellence in Education in 2010. Currently he is the Co-editor of the Journal of Biocommunication.


Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Science in Medical Illustration, 1969
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Studies in Fine Arts 1966 – 1967
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Science, Zoology 1966

Professional Certification

1993 – present     Certified Medical Illustrator, Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators

Professional Experience

Chairman
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1983 – 2017
Director
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1983 – 2013
Director, Audio Visual Services
Medical Video Production (1989 to 1996) and Graphic Arts (1989 to 2017)
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Professor
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2016 – Present
Associate Professor
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1980 – 2016
Assistant Professor
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1972 – 1980
Instructor, Ophthalmological Illustrator
The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute and Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1970 – 1972
Medical Illustrator
Letterman General Hospital
San Francisco, CA, 1969

Selected Publications

  • Miller N: Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology 4th Ed., Vol. II, Williams and Wilkens, Baltimore, 1985.
  • Rice TA, Michels RG, Stark WJ: Rob and Smith’s Ophthalmic Surgery, 4th Ed., Butterworths, London, 1984.
  • Michels R: Vitreous Surgery: A Manual. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1982.
  • Miller N: Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology 4th Ed., Vol. I. Williams and Wilkens, Baltimore, 1982.
  • Hirst LW, Lees GP, Requard J.: Slit Lamp Training Atlas. The Medical Eye Bank Inc. Baltimore, 1981.
  • White RI Jr., Barth KH, Kaufman SL, and Kadir S: Selected Techniques in Interventional Radiology. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1981.
  • Michels RG: Vitreous Surgery. St. Louis, Mosby, 1981.
  • Bash DM and Gold WA: The Nurse and the Child Bearing Family and the Nurse. New York, John Wiley, Inc., 1980.
  • Chung SMK: The Pediatric Hip. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1980.
  • Rich NM and Spencer FC: Vascular Trauma. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1978.
  • White RI Jr.: Fundamentals of Vascular Radiology. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1976.
  • Bowerman JR: Radiology and Injury in Sports. New York, Appleton-Century Crofts, 1975.
  • Beebe HG: Complications in Vascular Surgery. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1973.
  • James AE and Squire LF: Nuclear Radiology. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1973.
  • Coffey RJ and Lee TC: The pancreas; neoplastic diseases. In “Operative Surgery, Principles and Techniques,” edited by PF Nora. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1972.

Selected Presentations

  • Living Anatomy, AMI, Richmond, VA, 2009.
  • Educating the Medical and Scientific Illustrator Science Agora 2007, Tokyo, Japan, 2007.
  • Illustrating Advances in Medical Science Guest Presentation to the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2007.
  • Art for Science, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Baltimore, MD, 2006.
  • Educating the Medical Illustrator, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2006.
  • Challenges of Management, AMI, Austin, TX, 2002.
  • Knowing Surface Anatomy, AMI, Austin, TX, 2001.
  • Opportunity, Fullment and Courage AMI, Asilimor, CA, 2000.
  • Leave Paper & Pencil Alone Until the Mind Has Grasped the Meaning of the Object, GNSI, Lisbon, Portugal, 1999.
  • Future of the Medical Illustration Department, AMI, Chicago, IL, 1992.
  • Education of the Medical Illustrator, AMI, New Orleans, LA, 1991.
  • It’s Show Time: Effective Visuals, Teaching Skills, Faculty Development, Johns Hopkins SOM, 1991.
  • Computer Presentation Graphics Update, AMI, Philadelphia, PA, 1990.
  • Projection Media on Colored Board, AMI, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.
  • Welcome to ARCMI the New Accreditation Process< AMI, San Diego, CA, 1988.
  • Communicating with Color, Workshop on color techniques, Biocommunication ’88, Atlanta, GA, 1988.
  • Ophthalmological Illustration A Specality in Medical Illustration, Minneapolis, MN, 1987.
  • Communicating with Poster Sessions, Mid-Atlantic Biocommunicators, Baltimore, MD, 1986.
  • Who’s Afraid of Computer Graphics? AMI, Norfolk, VA, 1986.
  • Preparing the Medical Textbook, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1985.
  • Communication & the Medical Illustrator, AMI, Cincinnati, OH, 1984.

Professional Activities

Institutional Administrative Appointments

  • 2008 – CDI Planning Committee
  • 2008 – Medical Education Building Art Committee, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • 1983 – 2013 MA and PhD Committee Johns Hopkins School Of Medicine

Professional Societies

  • 2007 – Present Journal of Biocommunications, Management Board
  • 2002 – Present Journal of Biocommunications, Editor
  • 2000 – 2001 President Association of Medical Illustrators
  • 1997 – Host, Imagenesis, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD
  • 1994 – 1999 Treasurer, Association of Medical Illustrators
  • 1983 – 2013 Council on Education Association of Medical Illustrators (Chair 1990-96, 1999-03, and 2007-09)
  • 1979 – 1984 Association of Medical Illustrators Board of Governors (Chair 1983-1984)
  • 1972 – 2000 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
  • 1971 – Present Association of Medical Illustrators, Conference Organizer, Session Chair

Consultantships

  • 2008 – Committee to establish a program of “Survival Skills for Directors of Allied Health Education Programs,” Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Clearwater, Florida.
  • 2007 – External Review Committee of the Biological Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) Program at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
  • 2005 – Academic Consultant, Graduate Program in Medical Illustration, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 2003-05 & 07-08 – Panel of Experts, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science, Science and Visualization Challenge, NSF, Arlington, VA.
  • 2001 – Academic Appraisal, MScBMC program Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto.
  • 1999 – Search Committee for Director, Medical & Biological Illustration Program, University of Michigan.
  • 1997 – Academic Tenure Appointment Committee, Director of Biomedical Communications University of Toronto.
  • 1987 – Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Communications
  • 1985 – Search Committee, Medical & Biological Illustration Program, University of Michigan.
  • 1984 – Academic Review Committee, Medical & Biological Illustration Program, University of Michigan.

Recognition

Lifetime Achievement Award
Association of Medical Illustrators, 2002.
Fellow
Association of Medical Illustrators, 1988.
Magna Cum Laude
Neuroradiological Society, Scientific Exhibit, 1987.
First Place Award
Academy of Ophthalmology, Scientific Exhibit, 1984.
Award of Excellence
Projection Media
Association of Medical Illustrators, 1983.
Gallery
Journal of Biocommunications, 1982.
Invitational Show, “Best of Contemporary Medical Art,”
Filmedicus, San Francisco, California, 1982.
Illustrated Medical Book Award
Best Medical Book
Association of Medical Illustrators, 1980.
Further information, additional images and complete CV available upon request, please e-mail Professor Lees.