Ann C. Zumwalt, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Ann Zumwalt
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Zumwalt joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2007. She has a strong interest in curriculum and faculty development in medical education, with a particular focus on bridging the foundational and clinical sciences. A parallel interest is the development of graduate students as future biomedical educators.

Dr. Zumwalt directs the Body Structures (medical gross anatomy) modules for the first year medical curriculum. She also teaches advanced clinical anatomy topics in the medical school curriculum, including anatomy refresher sessions for the Radiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkships. Within the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology she is Course Director of the Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences course and Anatomy Journal Club.

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.

Dr. Zumwalt is the chairman of the Preclerkship Curriculum Subcommittee of the Medical Education Committee and is a past chairman of the John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day committee. She is a School of Medicine representative to the Boston University Faculty Council and department representative to the BUSM Committee on Faculty Affairs. She also serves as the Masters Student Advisor for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. On a national level, she is actively involved in the American Association of Anatomists, having served on the Board of Directors and the AAA’s Advisory Committee of Young Anatomists. She also represents BUSM nationally on the AAMC Committee on Faculty and Academic Societies.

Other Positions

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


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, PhD
  • Rice University, BA

Classes Taught

  • 010.1
  • GMS AN 723
  • GMS AN 806
  • MS 142


  • Published on 12/15/2018

    Yang CY, Zumwalt AC, Larson AR. Dermatology and anatomy laboratory: comparing three formats of integration. Dermatol Online J. 2018 Dec 15; 24(12). PMID: 30677791.

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  • Published on 5/23/2018

    Turk KW, Elshaar AA, Deason RG, Heyworth NC, Nagle C, Frustace B, Flannery S, Zumwalt A, Budson AE. Late Positive Component Event-related Potential Amplitude Predicts Long-term Classroom-based Learning. J Cogn Neurosci. 2018 Sep; 30(9):1323-1329. PMID: 29791297.

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  • Published on 8/22/2014

    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.

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  • Published on 10/29/2013

    Pearson WG, Zumwalt AC. Visualizing Hyolaryngeal Mechanics in Swallowing Using Dynamic MRI. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Eng Imaging Vis. 2013 Oct 29. PMID: 25090608.

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  • Published on 10/2/2013

    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.

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  • Published on 10/1/2013

    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.

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  • Published on 4/2/2013

    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.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    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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  • Published on 9/18/2012

    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.

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  • Published on 1/26/2012

    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.

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