Todd R. Olson, Ph.D.

President, American Association of Clinical Anatomists

Professor Todd R. Olson is faculty member in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology. He is currently the President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists which promotes clinically relevant anatomic research and education. Prof. Olson has been the Director of Einstein’s Clinical and Developmental Anatomy course since 1989 and has taught over 3,500 medical students during his two decades at the College.

He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in vertebrate paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970. From Berkeley, he went to London for his doctoral degree in human anatomy at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School.

His textbook the A.D.A.M. Student Atlas of Anatomy, first published in 1996, is now in its 2nd edition and has been translated into five foreign languages. He is coauthor of the second edition the medical school textbook: Ger’s Essentials of Clinical Anatomy.

Prof. Olson is an internationally recognized authority on the usage of human remains in medical education and research, and has been a featured participant on National Public Radio, ABC’s Primetime and 20/20 shows, BBC TV’s Horizon series, and CNN’s American Morning. Dr. Olson is one of only seven faculty in the half-century history of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to receive both its students’ Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award (1994) and the faculty’s Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching (1999). Einstein’s alumni honored Prof. Olson in 2009 naming him an honorary graduate of the College of Medicine in 2009.


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