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Associate Professor Danielle Royer

Dr. Royer is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM), Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. She is the director for Human Body, the dissection-based gross anatomy block for first year medical students. In addition to teaching medical students, Dr. Royer leads cadaver reviews for residents, teaches anatomy for the anesthesiology assistant program, chairs a curriculum reform committee, and is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at CUSOM.

At CU, Dr. Royer is also a founding member and Vice Director of the Modern Human Anatomy (MHA) Masters of Science program. As a core member of the MHA, she teaches gross anatomy and ultrasound, directs an immersive elective on teaching competencies, supervises lab and ultrasound teaching assistants, and collaborates with students on scholarly projects in anatomy and education. She was awarded the 2017 Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award and the 2017 Dean’s Masters Mentoring Award.

Prior to joining CU in 2012, Dr. Royer taught gross anatomy at Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She credits this experience with introducing her to medical education as a scholarly field and broadening her repertoire of classroom strategies, including the use of ultrasound a tool for learning anatomy. Her current research focuses on the role of ultrasound in anatomy education, the study of anatomical variation, and innovations in anatomy and medical education. She is an active member of AAA and AACA and was recently interviewed on the Anatomy Education Podcast (

Dr. Royer completed her PhD in biological anthropology in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. She is originally from Canada, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto.