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 inclusive pedagogy and diversity and inclusion. She also has interests in bridging the foundational and clinical sciences in medical education and in the development of graduate students as future biomedical educators.

Dr. Zumwalt is currently the lead of the gender and sexual diversity thread of the medical school curriculum and chair of the Preclerkship Curriculum Subcommittee. She was previously the co-director of the year-long first year medical course Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM) and directed the Body Structures (medical gross anatomy) course for 10 years. She has also taught 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. In 2018 she was awarded the Stanley Robbins Educator of the Year award in the School of Medicine.

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 challenged 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.

Service – National
Dr. Zumwalt is actively involved in the American Association for Anatomy, having served on the Board of Directors, Professional Development Committee, and the Advisory Committee of Young Anatomists. She also represented BUSM nationally on the AAMC Committee on Faculty and Academic Societies.

Service – Medical School
Dr. Zumwalt is the chair of the Preclerkship Curriculum Subcommittee of the Medical Education Committee and its Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She also chairs the Gender and Sexual Diversity Vertical Integration Group for the School of Medicine. Past positions include chairing the John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day committee, representing the School of Medicine on Boston University Faculty Council and

Service – Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Dr. Zumwalt serves on the Graduate Education Committee for the department. She served as Graduate Program Director from 2019-2022.
She previously represented the department on the BUSM Committee on Faculty Affairs.

Other Positions

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


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

Classes Taught

  • AN 806
  • GMS AN 806
  • GMSAN802
  • GMSAN806
  • GMSAN809
  • GMSAN902
  • MS142/GMSAN701


  • Published on 4/15/2023

    Lai ER, Rukavina NA, Wisco JJ, Zumwalt AC. Comparing the emotional experiences of students in similar dissection- and prosection-based medical gross anatomy courses: A mixed-methods study. Anat Sci Educ. 2023 Apr 15. PMID: 37060250.

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  • Published on 4/4/2023

    Organ JM, Smith HF, Trainor PA, Allen K, Balta JY, Beresheim AC, Brewer-Deluce D, Brown KM, Burrows AM, Byers KT, Byram JN, Cale AS, Carroll MA, Champney T, Cornwall J, Dayal MR, DeLeon VB, Dunnwald M, Ferrigno C, Finn GM, Fox GM, Geller PL, Guttmann GD, Harper N, Harrell KM, Hartstone-Rose A, Hildebrandt S, Hortsch M, Jackson J, Johnson LE, Lohman Bonfiglio CM, McCumber TL, Menegaz RA, Mussell JC, O'Loughlin VD, Otobo TM, Oyedele O, Pascoe MA, Person D, Reidenberg JS, Robinson RE, Rogers KA, Ros MA, Ross CF, Sanders KA, Schmitt B, Schoenwolf GC, Smith TC, Smith TD, Sumner DR, Taylor AB, Taylor MJ, Teaford MF, Topp KS, Willmore KE, Wisco JJ, Yang J, Zumwalt AC. Personal autonomy and self-determination are crucial for professionalism in healthcare. Anat Sci Educ. 2023 Apr 04. PMID: 37014284.

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  • Published on 3/16/2023

    Keim SA, Harmon DJ, Martindale JR, Lopez EN, Sanky C, Brooks WS, Cotter MM, Davies DL, Doroudi M, Fahl JC, Farias A, Granite G, Harrell KM, Kar R, Kramer KL, Jackson J, Jones S, Lackey-Cornelison W, Laitman JT, Latacha K, Lewis SR, Lovejoy Mork A, Marzban H, McNary TG, McWhorter DL, Merchant A, Mussell JC, Quinn MM, Royer D, Sakaguchi A, Sawyer FK, Topping DB, Wainman B, Wineski LE, Zumwalt AC, Hankin MH. Essential anatomy for core clerkships: A clinical perspective. Anat Sci Educ. 2023 Mar 16. PMID: 36929575.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Zumwalt AC, Carter EE, Gell-Levey IM, Mulkey N, Streed CG, Siegel J. A Novel Curriculum Assessment Tool, Based on AAMC Competencies, to Improve Medical Education About Sexual and Gender Minority Populations. Acad Med. 2022 Apr 01; 97(4):524-528. PMID: 34108379.

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  • Published on 2/24/2022

    Lin DC, Bunch B, De Souza RZD, Chen D, Zhou J, Zumwalt AC, Wisco JJ. Effectiveness of Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Medical Gross Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Med Sci Educ. 2022 Apr; 32(2):411-422. PMID: 35228893.

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  • Published on 9/24/2021

    Lin DC, De Souza RZD, Fefferman A, Baribeau V, Bunch B, Zumwalt AC, Wisco JJ. Unusual bilateral variation of the flexor digitorum accessorius longus muscle and its relation on tarsal tunnel syndrome. Surg Radiol Anat. 2021 Dec; 43(12):2083-2086. PMID: 34559293.

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  • Published on 5/4/2021

    Safavi AR, Brook CD, Sakai O, Setty BN, Zumwalt A, Gonzalez M, Platt MP. Urgency of Esophageal Foreign Body Removal: Differentiation Between Coins and Button Cell Batteries. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 01; 166(1):80-85. PMID: 33940963.

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  • Published on 3/9/2021

    Zumwalt AC. Anticipatory Feelings About Dissection: An Exercise for the First Day of a Gross Anatomy Course. Anat Sci Educ. 2021 Nov; 14(6):828-835. PMID: 33369234.

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  • Published on 8/15/2020

    Yang CY, Zumwalt A, Larson AR. Dermatology and anatomy laboratory: comparing three formats of integration. Dermatol Online J. 2020 Aug 15; 26(8). PMID: 32941711.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Dominguez I, Zumwalt AC. Integrating the basic sciences in medical curricula: focus on the basic scientists. Adv Physiol Educ. 2020 Jun 01; 44(2):119-123. PMID: 32108509.

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