Trudy M. Van Houten, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Trudy Van Houten
72 E. Concord St Instructional (L)


Dr. Trudy Van Houten is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and has been affiliated with BUSM for over 20 years. She is also a part-time Lecturer on Radiology for Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Additionally, she is an instructor for Harvard University On-line Learning.

Dr. Van Houten has designed, launched, and directed many clinical and pre-clinical anatomy electives throughout her career, while developing novel anatomical dissection strategies and learning materials based on clinical procedures and surgical approaches. She has worked as both the Director of the Clinical Applications of Anatomy course and as the Co-Director of the Human Body course for Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Van Houten received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from Temple University, and BA from Arcadia University. She is a proactive instructor and has received both the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Irving M London Teaching Award at Harvard Medical School.


  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD
  • Temple University, MA
  • Beaver College, BA

Classes Taught

  • GMSAN708
  • GMSAN722
  • GMSFA712


  • Published on 7/28/2021

    Oaklander AL, Van Houten T, Sabouri AS. Characterization of mononeuropathy of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the calf. Muscle Nerve. 2021 10; 64(4):494-499. PMID: 34197644.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/7/2020

    McDaniel KG, Brown T, Radford CC, McDermott CH, van Houten T, Katz ME, Stearns DA, Hildebrandt S. Anatomy as a Model Environment for Acquiring Professional Competencies in Medicine: Experiences at Harvard Medical School. Anat Sci Educ. 2021 Mar; 14(2):241-251. PMID: 32657538.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/11/2020

    Dee EC, Alty IG, Agolia JP, Torres-Quinones C, van Houten T, Stearns DA, Lillehei CW, Shamberger RC. A Surgical View of Anatomy: Perspectives from Students and Instructors. Anat Sci Educ. 2021 Jan; 14(1):110-116. PMID: 32515172.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/3/2015

    Sharma G, Aycart MA, Najjar PA, van Houten T, Smink DS, Askari R, Gates JD. A cadaveric procedural anatomy course enhances operative competence. J Surg Res. 2016 Mar; 201(1):22-8. PMID: 26850180.

    Read at: PubMed

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