Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA Adjunct Faculty


Ron Philo, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1978 - 2010
Retired Senior Lecturer 2010


Former Director, Body Donation Program


Dr. Philo's research is directed toward elaboration of the accuracy of depiction of human anatomy in works of art, particularly the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Works of other artists on view in museums and in facsimiles in books and posters are also considered. This work includes clarification of the source of the artist's anatomical knowledge, the history of the artist and the piece of artwork, and consultations with psychologists on interpretations of the art.



Clayton, Martin and Philo, Ronald.: Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man Getty Publications, 2010-04-30.
"Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man" won the 2010 British Book Design and Production Award for the Exhibition Catalogues category!
Click here to download a copy of the "Book of the Night". The Exhibition Catalogues category is on page 23.


Reardon, M.J., Conklin, L.D., Philo, R., Letsou, G.V., Safi, H.J., Espada, R.: The anatomical aspects of minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 67(1):266-8, January, 1999.


Clayton, M. and Philo, R.: Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man, Bulfinch Press, Boston, 1992. Also published in Spanish, French and Japanese, Book-of-the-Month Club selection, 1992.



  • British Book Design and Production Award for the Exhibition Catalogues category,
    "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man", 2010
  • UTHSC Houston Presidential Scholar, 1995
  • John H. Freeman Award, UTHSC Houston, 1995
  • Giovanni Lorenzini Lectureship, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1992.
  • UTHSC Honors Convocation-Outstanding Achievements in Community Service for Contributions to "Leonardo DaVinci: The Anatomy of Man", 1992.