Susanne Wish-Baratz, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy
School of Medicine

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 serves as director of HoloAnatomy, a new digital anatomy curriculum being developed for the Microsoft HoloLens augmented-reality device. HoloAnatomy will launch in 2019 with the opening of a new Health Education Campus (HEC) being constructed collaboratively by CWRU and Cleveland Clinic..

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Dr. Wish-Baratz is currently developing and piloting a multi-modal living anatomy curriculum for medical students who will matriculate at the new HEC.  This curriculum will begin with a two-week intensive dissection boot camp during which students will learn all of the anatomy they currently learn in lab through dissection and prosections (prepared by their classmates).   Following the boot camp students will transition back to the HEC where they will participate in the innovative living anatomy curriculum which will be aligned with the School of Medicine’s WR2 curriculum.  This portion of the curriculum will consist of HoloAnatomy, Radiology and Physical Exam/Ultrasound activities through which students will rotate during every anatomy session while focusing on a single anatomical theme.  Based on the theoretical framework of a “Spiral Curriculum” (Jerome Bruner) students will use the basic knowledge they acquired in the boot camp to focus on more complex learning objectives the second time around. Dr. Wish-Baratz and a team of physicians, educators and medical students are currently researching the ideal content for this course through the Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Program at CWRU School of Medicine.

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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 youth 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.

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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.

Publications

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Zuniga, B and Wish-Baratz, S. (2015).  Anatomy Dissection Guide – A Comparative Study of Formats. Medical Science Educator. 25 (3), 271.

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.

Presentations

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.