Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., new Willed Body Program director
By Rosanne Fohn
Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., has been named director of the Human Anatomy Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which includes the Willed Body Program. Dr. Rahimi is an assistant professor in the Department of Cellular & Structural Biology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The Willed Body Program provides a way for individuals to donate their body to the UT Health Science Center for educational purposes. Students in the Dental School, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences study the human body in this manner.
Serves on statewide anatomical board
In addition to overseeing the proper use and reverent burial of the bodies used in education at the Health Science Center, Dr. Rahimi serves on The Anatomical Board of the State of Texas, whose mission “is to facilitate the distribution of deceased human remains for the purpose of teaching and research…. [T]he board protects the interests of donors and families by requiring that only authorized educational and medical institutions receive human remains and that the remains are treated with dignity and respect,” the board’s website states.
Dr. Rahimi joined the department of the Cellular and Structural Biology as a full-time faculty member in 2004. He has been involved in the anatomical education of health professionals since 2000. He is co-director for the Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology course and the senior medical Advanced Anatomy elective. He also is a lecturer and laboratory instructor in medical neuroscience.
Awards and honors
Earlier this year, Dr. Rahimi was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by The University of Texas System and is a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a charter member of the Health Science Center’s Academy of Master Teachers and has received four consecutive Outstanding Faculty Awards from the graduating medical classes from 2007 to 2010.
He is active in the development of innovative, interactive digital modules and initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning of gross anatomy. As part of the GATEways consortium, a collection of these learning tools received a first-place award in Innovation in Health Science Education from the UT Academy of Health Science Education in 2006. A select number of these projects have been recognized nationally at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the American Association of Anatomists conventions.
Dr. Rahimi received his bachelor’s degree in biology from UTSA in 1993 and his Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology as a civilian from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Rahimi succeeds Ron Philo, Ph.D., former director of the Willed Body Program, who retired Aug. 31.
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