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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

Feelings that washed over her when she first heard of her father's heart bypass surgery flooded back. Hearing such news is one thing. Cutting into a body to reach inside and touch the heart itself is quite another.

Structure and Function

Every anatomy lab has one hanging in a corner or prominently displayed at the front of the room: the full-scale, stark white replica of a human skeleton. Seeing how the joints hold the bones together generates appreciation for a human being's ability to stand up, move around, and live in the world. Understanding the function of each structure, whether bone or tissue, contributes to one's respect for the miracle of our lives.

"Anatomy is my passion," says Linda Walters. "I've always been intrigued by the way the body works. The uniqueness of each structure in each body, the uniqueness of each person, is a delight to see." Walters' formal education in anatomy, its structure and function, began with an undergraduate degree in physical medicine. She spent ten years working as a licensed physical therapist before returning to school for a Ph.D. in anatomy.

Today, Walters shares her knowledge and awe as professor and chair of anatomy in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University's Glendale campus.

In the lab, groups of four students conduct dissections of cadavers. We find the structures in the body and discuss their functions. I always enjoy when students ask, 'Why do I need to know . . . ?'"
— Linda Walters, Ph.D., Glendale

Getting Inside

Among her responsibilities at Midwestern, Walters teaches histology and gross anatomy for students in the medical school, physician assistant studies, biomedical science, and occupational therapy programs, as well as lower extremity anatomy for the podiatric medicine program. "In the lab, groups of four students conduct dissections of cadavers," says Walters. "We find the structures in the body and discuss their functions. I always enjoy when students ask, 'Why do I need to know . . . ?' To master information and make it your own, you need to learn about each structure, each function, and how everything fits together." Even if students memorized enough material to get them into class, Walters reminds them they won't be successful there without mastering the information and being able to apply it to what they encounter in practice.

Beyond the Surface

In a sense, Walters 'gets her hands dirty' in Midwestern's gross anatomy lab and revels in the many opportunities for far-reaching discussion. "We have a sacred trust to be respectful of the people who have donated their bodies so we might learn how to help others," says Walters. "In the lab, most students face the starkness of death for the first time when they meet the cadavers. Suddenly, the reality of our humanness hits home. Learning to deal with issues of death and dying helps us grow professionally and personally. I see people become gentle and respectful guardians of these bodies and their families."

Dedicated to Students

At Midwestern, Walters enjoys working with the "finest faculty, who are dedicated to both their students and their research. Our students are wonderful. They want to be here and are open to learning. They want to be challenged, to work hard, to succeed, so I have to give them all I can." MWU has noticed her effort: Walters has received Teacher/Professor of the Year and teaching excellence awards every year since she joined the university in 1997. In addition, she received the 2004 Littlejohn Award, Midwestern University's annual award for university-wide service. "The Midwestern community demonstrates cooperation at every level," says Walters. "Everything at MWU supports good teaching and is done to give students the best education possible."


Walters, Ph.D.Linda Walters, Ph.D, is a professor of anatomy in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus. She was an instructor in cell biology and anatomy and associate professor and chair of the physical therapy department at Finch University of Health Sciences before joining MWU. Walters is a member of Sigma Xi, the honorary science fraternity.


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