Karen Bucher, MA, CMI, FAMI

Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Art History minor), Indiana University Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, 2003

August 2014–Present: Editorial Graphics Manager and Senior Medical Illustrator, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Medical, scientific, and editorial illustration for Journal of the American Medical Association and other publications of JAMA Network.

August 2009–Present: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Faculty member and instructor of clinical sciences, surgical illustration, and independent studies within the Biomedical Visualization graduate program. Guide students through graduate research projects as research committee member and chair.

May 2005–Present: Certified Medical Illustrator, Founder, and Principal, Bucher Illustration, Chicago, IL
Medical and biological illustration and design for print, web, multimedia, and animation. Partial client list: PBS, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Anatomical Chart Company, Quality Medical Publishing, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Inc., Johns Hopkins University

August 2003–May 2005: Medical Illustrator and Departmental Librarian, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Surgical illustration for the Department of Urology. Updated and maintained reference library for the use of faculty and students in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators,
Vesalian Scholar, Vesalius Trust, 2005
Vesalian Research Grant, Vesalius Trust, 2005
Award of Excellence, Association of Medical Illustrators Salon, 2004
Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2002–Present
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 2000–Present
Indiana University Honors College, 1999–2003
Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999–Present
National Merit Scholar Finalist, 1999

Association of Medical Illustrators,
Graduate Student Association, departmental representative, Johns Hopkins University, 2004–2005

Rethinking the Visual Abstract,
SciVizNYC, New York, NY, 2019
Alphanatomy: Teaching Anatomy from A to Z, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference, Rochester, MN, 2014
Effective Use of the Medical Illustrator,
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Indianapolis, IN, 2008
Independent Contracting in the Real World, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007, 2009
Visualizing Selective Destruction of Aggressive Cancers by Energy Depletion Therapy, Vesalius Trust Scholars Symposium, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2005

Organizational Activities
Association of Medical Illustrators
Board of Governors, 2016–Present
Professional Member, 2006–Present
Chair of the Board, 2019-2020
Student Member, 2004–2005
Awards Committee, 2007–Present
Public Relations Committee, 2006–2016
Council on Education, 2008–2010
Meeting Public Relations Committee, 2010

Association of Medical Illustrators Salon,
2004, 2005, 2008, 2014-2020
Johns Hopkins University Graduate Exhibit, Baltimore, MD, 2005
Indiana University Annual Studio Art Exhibit, Bloomington, IN, 2000–2003
Sorelli Bandini Student Art Exhibit, Florence, Italy, 2001

Selected Publications
Bucher, Karen.
New Frontiers in Medical Illustration,” JAMA. 2016;316(22):2340-2341.
Hutchinson, Mark, Anatomical Guide to Sports Injuries, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2009
Tank, Patrick and Thomas Gest, Atlas of Anatomy, 1st ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008
Becker, Sally, “Merkel cell carcinoma: A rare, aggressive cancer of the skin,” Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, February 2007
Adams, William P., “Form-Stable Cohesive Gel Implants: Advantages and Technical Essentials,” Innovations in Plastic Surgery, 2007

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