Susanne Wish-Baratz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy

Contact Information:

Phone: (216) 368-6667
Office: EG 06

Biographical Information


1993 Ph.D. - Anatomy
Department of Anatomy and Anthropology
Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine 
MS - Occupational Therapy
Boston School of Occupational Therapy
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Post-baccalaureate Certification in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program
Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
1980 BS - Anthropology and Psychology
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Curriculum Vitae


My passion is anatomy education.  I am involved in several mentorship and research projects integrating anatomy and clinical specialties such as hematology/oncology and radiology.  I also serve as a medical student mentor and collaborate with students and faculty on medical education projects associated with anatomy.  My primary role is co-leader of Structure or Block 7 (which includes Anatomy, Histopathology and Radiology), in the WR2 Curriculum at CWRU.  My responsibilities include coordinating, scheduling, creating materials for the course as well as sharing in the Gross Anatomy lectures and lab demonstrations.  In addition, I facilitate in “Tuesday Seminars” and “IQ Plus.”  The former course covers ‘doctoring’ in the preclinical curriculum; “IQ Plus” is a Friday afternoon program through which students return to the medical school during their clerkships to reflect on their clinical experiences, revisit basic science and practice clinical skills.  I serve on the IQ plus committee.

In 2009 I created a program that has become known as “Anatomy Camp.” Anatomy Camp is a wellness mentorship program through which medical students teach wellness concepts integrated with fundamental anatomy to local youth.  At this time there are three different student facilitated anatomy camps:  1.   Anatomy Camp in the summer National Youth Sports Program (NYSP Anatomy Camp); Case Anatomy Camp and North Star Collaborative (NSC) Anatomy Camp.  The former provides one anatomy / wellness session to almost all participants in CWRU’s summer camp. Through, the second anatomy camp, Case Anatomy Camp, classes from local high schools and middle schools come to CWRU during the academic year for age appropriate anatomy/wellness sessions.  The third anatomy camp, NSC Anatomy Camp, was established with a grant from the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at the School of Medicine. It is a year-long wellness mentorship program between first and second year medical students and a cohort of urban teenage girls.  Hundreds of local youth have participated in one the various versions of Anatomy Camp.

Teaching Awards

Community Health Grant from the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative,  2013.
Kaiser-Permanente Teaching Excellence Award in Pre-Clinical training, CWRU School of Medicine, 2011
Harvard Macy Scholar 2011
Freedman Fellow, Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library Center, CWRU, 2010
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, 2002


Since participating in the Harvard-Macy Program for Medical Educators, I have been developing several projects in medical education in collaboration with Radiology, Hematology-Oncology, Bioethics, and Surgery.

Selected Publications

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.

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.

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., Latimer, B., Jellema, L.M. and Wish-Baratz, S. (1997).  The elusive petroexoccipital articulation.  Am J Phys Anthropol, 103, 365.