Melanie McCollum, Ph.D.
Director of the Division of Human Anatomy
Dr. McCollum received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Kent State University. With an area focus in Biological Anthropology, human gross and developmental anatomy featured prominently in her graduate training and research efforts. Her academic career, which has featured 18 years of medical gross anatomy instruction, has included appointments in Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Ohio, and Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon Georgia. For the past eight years Dr. McCollum has served as Associate Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she has provided direction and oversight to the gross anatomy component of the undergraduate medical curriculum, an effort for which she has received numerous teaching awards and earned membership in the school’s Academy of Distinguished Educators. During her tenure at the University of Virginia Dr. McCollum also Co-chaired an Education Taskforce focused on transitioning to a new medical education building and undergraduate medical curriculum, contributed to several faculty development initiatives including those specific to Team-Based Learning, and oversaw a major renovation of the gross anatomy facility. Additionally, Dr. McCollum has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous curricular innovations and medical education research endeavors, and is a graduate of the Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in Health Care Professions.