Dr. Susanne Wish-Baratz is an Associate Professor of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she directs the medical anatomy course and the development of HoloAnatomy, a mixed reality application for use with the Microsoft HoloLens. HoloAnatomy launched in 2019 with the opening of a new Health Education Campus (HEC).
Dr. Wish-Baratz has been involved with the development and evaluation of a multi-modal living anatomy curriculum for medical students who matriculate at the new HEC. This curriculum begins with a two-week intensive dissection boot camp during which students learn via dissection and demonstration of the anatomy of the limbs and thoracic and abdominal cavities. Following the boot camp students participate in an innovative curriculum known as “GARLA,” an acronym for Gross Anatomy, Radiology and Living Anatomy. This portion of the curriculum consists of HoloAnatomy, imaging, and physical exam/ultrasound activities through which students rotate during every anatomy session while focusing on a single anatomical theme. Based on the theoretical framework of a “Spiral Curriculum” (Jerome Bruner) student use the basic knowledge they acquired in the Boot Camp to focus on more complex learning objectives the second time around. Each GARLA session is closely aligned with the School of Medicine’s WR2 curriculum.
Dr. Wish-Baratz is co-founder and faculty director of Anatomy Camp a program that targets underrepresented minority students through which medical and graduate biomedical engineering students teach about wellness, the human body, and relevant medical technologies. Since its inception in 2008, this program has reached thousands of youths in the Greater Cleveland community. Dr. Wish-Baratz was awarded the Crain’s “Health Care Heroes” award in 2015 for her work on Anatomy Camp which was featured in the March 2014 edition of American Way Magazine.
Before returning to her native Cleveland, Ohio, in 2005, Dr. Wish-Baratz taught anatomy at Tel Aviv University and the University of Toronto. She also worked briefly as an occupational therapist with a specialty in hand therapy.
Dr. Wish-Baratz has received multiple teaching awards during her academic career. In 2017 she was inducted into the Academy of Scholar Educators at CWRU School of Medicine and she received the prestigious Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. She has published numerous papers in anatomy related fields, from anthropology to medical education, and has presented her research at national and international meetings.
Dr. Wish-Baratz completed her PhD in anatomy at Tel Aviv University and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certification in occupational therapy from Tel Aviv University and a BS and MS from Tufts University in Boston from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Bet Kappa. Dr. Wish-Baratz lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and is the mother of four sons.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Wish-Baratz, S. (1989). Bird T. Baldwin: A holistic scientist in occupational therapy's history. Am J Occup Ther, 43(4), 257.
Wish-Baratz, S., Arensburg, B. and Alter, Z. (1992). Anatomical relationships and superior reinforcement of the TMJ mandibular fossa. J Craniomandib Disord Fac and Oral Pain, 6(3), 171.
Wish-Baratz, S., Ring G., Hiss, J., Shatz A. and Arensburg, B. (1993). The microscopic structure and function of the vascular retrodiscal pad of the human temporomandibular joint. Archs Oral Biol, 38(3), 265.
Hershkovitz, I., Yakar, R., Taitz, C., Wish-Baratz, S., Pinhasov, A. and Ring, B. (1993). The human remains from the Byzantine Monastery at Khan el-Ahmar. Liber Annuus, 43, 373.
Hershkovitz, I., Yakar, R., Taitz, C., Eshed, V., Wish-Baratz, S., Pinhasov, A. and Ring, B. (1995). Paleopathology at the Khan-el-Ahmar site: health and disease in a Byzantine Monastery in the Judean Desert, Israel. Int J Osteoarch, 5, 195,1.
Hershkovitz, I., Speirs, M.S., Frayer, D., Nadel, D., Wish-Baratz, S. and Arensburg, B. (1995). Ohalo II H2: A 19,000-year-old skeleton from a water-logged site at the Sea of Galilee, Israel. Am J Phys Anthropol, 96, 215.
Wish-Baratz, S., Hershkovitz, I., Arensburg, B., Latimer, B. and Jellema, L.M. (1996). The size and location of the human temporomandibular joint. Am J Phys Anthropol, 101, 387.
Barchilon, V., Hershkovitz, I., Rothschild, B.M., Wish-Baratz, S. Latimer, B., Jellema, L.M., Hallel, T. and Arensburg, B. (1996). Factors affecting the rate and pattern of first costal cartilage ossification. Am J Forensic Med and Pathol, 17 (3), 1.
Hershkovitz, I., Latimer, B., Jellema, L.M. and Wish-Baratz, S. (1997). The elusive petroexoccipital articulation. Am J Phys Anthropol, 103, 365.
Hershkovitz, I., Latimer, B., DuTour, O., Jellema, L.M., Wish-Baratz, S., Rothschild, C. and Rothschild, B.M. (1997). Why do we fail in ageing the skull from the sagittal suture? Am J Phys Anthropol, 103, 393.
Hershkovitz, I., Greenwald, C., Rothschild, B., Latimer, B., DuTour, O., Jellema, L.M., Wish-Baratz, S. and Leonetti, G. (1999). The elusive diploic veins: Anthropological and anatomical perspective. Am J Phys Anthropol. 108, 345.
Hershkovitz, I., Greenwald, C., Rothschild, B., Latimer, B., DuTour, O., Jellema, L.M. and Wish-Baratz, S. (1999). Hyperostosis frontalis interna: An anthropological perspective. Am J Phys Anthropol. 109, 303.
Hershkovitz, I., Greenwald, C.M., Latimer, B., Jellema, L.M., Wish-Baratz, S., Eshed, V., DuTour, O., and Rothschild, B. (2002). Serpens Endocrania Symmetrica (SES): A new term and a possible clue for identifying intrathoracic disease in skeletal populations. Am J Phys Anthropol, 118, 201.
Eshed, V., Latimer, B., Greenwald, C.M., Jellema, L.M., Rothschild, B.M., Wish-Baratz, S. and Hershkovitz, I. (2002). Button Osteoma: Its etiology and pathophysiology. Am J Phys Anthropol, 118, 217.
Zuniga, B. and Wish-Baratz, S. (2015). Anatomy Dissection Guide – A Comparative Study of Formats. Medical Science Educator. 25 (3), 271.
Wish-Baratz, S., Gubatina, A. P. Jr., Enterline, R., and Griswold, M.A. (2019) A New Supplement to Gross Anatomy Dissection: HoloAnatomy. Medical Education, 53, 522.
Baratz, G., Wilson-Delfosse, A.L., Singelyn, B.M. Allan, K.C. Rieth, G.E., Ratnaparkhi, R., Jenks, B.P., Carlton, C., Freeman B.K. and Wish-Baratz S. (2019). Evaluating the Anatomage Table Compared to Cadaveric Dissection as a Learning Modality for Gross Anatomy. Medical Science Educator, 29(2), 499.
Stojanovska M., Tingle G., Tan L., Ulrey L., Simonson-Shick S., Mlakar J., Eastman H., Gotschall R., Boscia A., Enterline, R., Henninger E., Herrmann KA., Simpson S.W., Griswold MA., Wish-Baratz S. (2019). Mixed Reality Anatomy using Microsoft HoloLens and Cadaveric Dissection: A Comparative Effectiveness Study. Medical Science Educator https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-019-00834-x.
Ruthberg, J., Tingle, G., Tan, L., Ulrey, L., Simonson-Shick, S., Enterline, R., Mlakar, J., Eastman, H., Gotschall, R., Henninger, E., Griswold, MA., Wish-Baratz, S. Mixed reality as a time-efficient alternative to cadaveric dissection. Medical Teacher. Published online: May 13, 2020. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0142159X.2020.1762032.
Wish-Baratz, S., Crofton, A.R., Gutierrez, J., Henninger, E., Griswold, M.A. “Assessment of Mixed Reality Technology Use in Remote Online Anatomy Education.” JAMA Network open. Published online: September 17, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16271.
Wish-Baratz, S., Jones, B., Navracruz, L.C., Rowland-Seymour, A., Herrmann, K.A. GARLA: “Integrating Traditional and Modern Methodologies in Anatomy Education.” Medical Science Educator published online August 31, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-020-01067-z.
Deming, N., Singer, M., Baratz, G., Wish-Baratz, S. Matriculating Students’ Opinions on Cadaveric Dissection: Maintaining Tradition in Changing Times". Accepted for publication in Medical Science Educator. August 18, 2020.
Books Chapters, Invited
Wish-Baratz, S., Lavon, E., Musiker, M.M. and Arensburg, B. Anatomy of the Head and Neck. Chapters 2-5. In: Scully, C. Ed. (2003) Oxford Handbook of Applied Dental Sciences, Oxford University Press.
Hershkovitz, I, Rothschild, B.M., Wish-Baratz, S. and Rothschild, C. Natural variation and differential diagnosis of skeletal changes in Bejel (syphilis). In: O. DuTour ed. L'Origine de la Syphilis en Europe Avant ou Aprés 1493? Editions du Centre National De la Recherché Scientifique (1994). 15 Quai Anatole-France 75700 Paris.
Hershkovitz, I., Zohar, I., Wish-Baratz, S., Goren, Y., Goring-Morris, A.N., Speirs, M.S., Segal, I., Meirav, O., Sherter, U. and Feldman, H. High resolution computed tomography and micro-focus radiography on an eight thousand year old plastered skull: how and why it was modeled. In: Otte, M. Ed. (1995). Nature and Culture: Actes du colloque international de Liège. Liège: Service de Prehistoire, Université de Liège, 669.
Eshed, V., Wish-Baratz, S. and Hershkovitz, I. Chapter 17 - Human skeletal remains in Tel Ira: a stronghold in the Biblical Negev. In: I. Beit Arieh ed. (1998). Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology. p. 495-510.
Guyer, S., Bigach S., Colvin, M., Fenton, T., Fuhrman, H., Gawelek, K., Guan, L., Jenks, B., Kelly, E., Kim, GY., Montelione, K., Rambhia, P., Stuber, J., Womer, M., Zielinski, M., and Wish-Baratz, S. Utility of Prosection Examples as an Educational Resource for Medical School Anatomy Education. Poster Presentation , Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine Annual Education Retreat, Cleveland, Ohio. April, 2017.
Ahlberg, C., Istrate, A., Han, M., Tamer, P., Wang, DM., Freeman, B., Cole Kelly, K., Montgomery, L., Wish-Baratz, S. Reflections: A Collection of Medical Student Experiences' in their First Human Dissection. Poster Presentation , Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine Annual Education Retreat, Cleveland, Ohio. April, 2017.
"Initial Experiences in Developing and Piloting HoloAnatomy for Medical Students." Main Stage Plenary Session, Stanford Medicine X, Palo Alto, CA. April, 2017. April 23, 2017. Collaborated with HoloAnatomy Team: Simpson, S., Freeman, B., Brantley, T., Mlakar, J., Tingle, G., Shick, S., Eastman, H., Gotschall, R., Sunshine, K., Ulrey, L., Henninger, E., and Griswold, M.
Wish-Baratz, Susanne PhD. The Interactive Commons, a Unique Approach to Collaboration. Poster Presentation, MBA Program, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, OH. April, 2016.
Zuniga, Bryan MS, Freeman Barbara K. PhD, Wish-Baratz Susanne PhD. Anatomy Dissection Guide-A Comparative Study of Formats. Poster Presentation by Wish-Baratz, International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Conference, Nashville, TN. June, 2014.
Zuniga, Bryan MS, Freeman Barbara K. PhD, Wish-Baratz Susanne PhD. Anatomy Dissection Guide-A Comparative Study of Formats. Poster Presentation by Wish-Baratz and Zuniga, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine Annual Education Retreat, Cleveland, Ohio. March, 2014.
Mansoori, Bahar MD, Seipel, Shane MS, Wish-Baratz Susanne PhD, Herrmann Karin A. MD, Gilkeson, Robert MD. Use of 3-D Visualization Table as learning tool for Medical Students. Poster Presentation by Wish-Baratz and Seipel, International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland. June, 2013 (Technology & Innovation Award Nominee).
Arfons, LM., Gopal Yadavalli, G., Seipel, S., Wish-Baratz, S. Simulation-based clinical skills modules for internal medicine residents and hematology/oncology fellows: A collaborative and multidisciplinary effort between basic science educators (anatomists) and physicians. Workshop Presentation by Wish-Baratz, Arfons and Seipel, International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland. June, 2013.
“Sectra 3D Visualization Table – A Learning Tool for Medical Students” Lecture presented by Wish-Baratz at the Sectra 3D Visualization Table Congress. Amsterdam, Holland. November 1, 2012. Prepared in conjunction with Seipel, S., Monsoori, B., and Herrmann, KA.
Wish-Baratz, S., Rowan, FA. Anatomical Knowledge: Preparedness for the Clerkship Years. Poster presented by Wish-Baratz at Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Health Professions, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May, 2011.
Kiene, J., Lasek, R., Wish-Baratz, S. and Freeman, B. Peer Teachers Introducing Anatomy to First Year Medical Students. Poster presented at Experimental Biology meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009; and 26th Annual Meeting American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Cleveland, Ohio, 2009.