Stephen Carmichael

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Stephen Carmichael

Stephen Carmichael was born on July 17, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan.  He received his Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1967 (and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Kenyon College in 1988) and his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1971.  Following the completion of his degree, Dr. Carmichael obtained his first teaching position in the Department of Anatomy at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he taught from 1971-1982.  From there he went on to Mayo Clinic where he taught at Mayo Medical School and the Mayo Residency programs.  He was promoted to Professor Anatomy in 1987 and received a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 19997.  He served as Chair of the Department of Anatomy from 1991-2005 and is currently Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery.  Among his teaching responsibilities are gross anatomy, cytology and histology, developmental anatomy and neuropharmacology.

Dr. Carmichael has been very active in the field, attending and presenting at numerous meetings.  In fact, he has only missed two of the last 44 AAA Annual Meetings!  His research interests include basic mechanisms of (neuro)secretion, adrenal medullary cytology and innovations in medical education.  He has published more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including first author of “The Adrenal Chromaffin Cell” published in Scientific American in 1985.  This article was translated into 4 foreign languages.  He is also co-author of 8 books, including “Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.”  He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro 3 times, most recently in 2008.

He has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals including the Journal of Electron Microscopy Society of Thailand, the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, Folia Moprphologica, Biomedical Research, Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy  and the Journal of the Anatomical Society of India.  In addition, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Anatomy since 2000.

Dr. Carmichael has served on AAA’s Anatomical Nomenclature Committee from 1994 to 2009, serving as chair from 2006-2009, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1999-2002. In 2005, he received the AAA/Wiley A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award and was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists in 2007.  He has served as president of The Histochemical Society, the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairpersons, and the Mayo Chapter of Sigma Xi.  He currently serves as chair of the Federative International Committee for Scientific Publications and is a member of the International Federative Program on Anatomical Terminology, standing Committees of the IFAA.  He is a Founding Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

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