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Department of Anatomy

Department Faculty

Message from the Chair

Jonathan Geisler

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our department provides instruction to students in NYIT's programs in osteopathic medicine and academic medicine, as well as those conducting postgraduate surgical education. We strive to provide the best possible education for our medical students through small-group, hands-on learning in the anatomy lab. A cornerstone of our curriculum is the experience of cadaver-based dissection, which we augment with the latest in educational technology.

Our faculty members include world-recognized leaders in vertebrate anatomy, with publications in the journals Science, Nature, Current Biology, as well as the anatomy-specific journals Anatomical Record and Journal of Anatomy. We believe we contribute to osteopathic medicine by not only studying the body as a unit, but by also studying the human body as the product of 3.5 billion years of evolution and adaptation.

Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Anatomy


Our mission is to provide an outstanding education in the anatomical sciences to future health care professionals and researchers, and to advance knowledge through insightful, interdisciplinary, and impactful research on living and extinct species.

We provide osteopathic medical students comprehensive instruction in human functional and clinical anatomy through hands-on dissections, lectures, workshops, and integration of technology. We also equip osteopathic physicians with the skills needed for future learning through the duration of their medical practice by integrating sound scientific principles and critical thinking. We facilitate lifetime learning through faculty and facility involvement in Continuing Medical Education, and we involve senior students in training of their junior colleagues through the Academic Medicine Scholars program.

We further train our students to be not only practitioners of medicine, but also innovators and researchers. We accomplish this through one-on-one research mentorships with undergraduate and medical students. We also lead by example, with the entire faculty in the Department of Anatomy having impactful, externally fundable research programs in anatomical sciences, paleobiology, and evolutionary morphology. Furthermore, our department seeks to increase research and scientific literacy in the anatomical sciences, both within the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, and among the broader population in which our future doctors will serve. We accomplish this through publication and dissemination of research in functional and clinical anatomy and organismal biology, and through public outreach activities in conjunction with other institutions of higher learning as well as local schools and museums.


Excellence in osteopathic medicine requires a keen understanding of human anatomy. Our faculty members conduct research from around the globe in areas such as:

  • Anatomy
  • Clinical anatomy
  • Evolution
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleontology


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Contact Us

Long Island (Old Westbury)

Jonathan Geisler, Department Chair
Riland, Room 380B

Allison Arnold, Administrative Specialist
Riland, Room 380