Faculty Profile

Richard Ambron, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Anatomy

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RichardAmbron, Ph.D.

Richard Ambron, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Anatomy

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Dr. Ambron has taught Anatomy to first year medical and dental students at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University for 35 years and was the Co-director of the course from 1993 until 2008. The course entails two 1h lectures and three 3h dissection labs per week throughout the first and second semesters. The emphasis is on function and clinical relevance and the course is integrated with courses in human development and neuroscience.  In 1985, he introduced a novel approach to the nervous system in which was discussed how peripheral sensory and motor systems interact with structures in the brain. This approach is based on the premise that students should understand the function of the nerves that they observe in laboratory.  The students thereby learn concepts that prepare them for neuroanatomy and neuroscience.  Moreover, since nerves are ubiquitous, the students learn all of the anatomical structures without having to memorize them.  By all measures, this has been a major success.  In addition, he worked with Dr. Ahmet Sinav, a world-renowned medical illustrator, to prepare virtual dissections of the ear, orbit, etc., as well as animations depicting difficult concepts, such as the function of the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Sinav and he also collaborated with a group of prosectors in Denmark to make a high-resolution, annotated dissection atlas of the thorax and abdomen. Their course was consistently rated first or second among all the courses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and many of their graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field.