Rustin Reeves

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Rustin E. Reeves, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
Center for Anatomical Sciences
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Ph.D. Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of North Texas Health Science Center (1997).
B.S. Agronomy, Texas A&M University (1980).

Curriculum Vitae


My research includes collaboration with physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and area clinicians to investigate pathological issues from an anatomical and biomechanical perspective. Current research involves the development of a novel surgical approach for treatment of patients with greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS), and mapping of the dorsal scapular nerve in relation to the levator scapulae muscle.  Others areas of interest include the integration of computer-based instructional materials into the medical and graduate school curricula.



I am also involved in numerous K-12 outreach programs for teachers and students in area public schools. These programs are designed to get young students interested in science and medicine as education and career choices. Students and teachers are brought to the health science center to participate in a variety of workshops that expose them to unique opportunities found only at a medical and/or graduate school environment. Workshops for K-12 teachers and students include lecture and laboratory sessions in anatomy, histology and physiology.  Funding for these programs has been generously provided by agencies including the National Science Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and US Department of Veterans Affairs.





At UNTHSC, I teach dissection-based anatomy to Medical, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Graduate students.  I have received several awards for teaching excellence at UNTHSC, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award (2009), the President’s Award for Educational Excellence (2013), and Valubility of the Year Award (2015).

Courses Taught
  • MEDE 7811: Musculoskeletal and Skin Systems 1
  • MEDE 7812: Nervous System 1
  • MEDE 7615: Cardiopulmonary System 1
  • MEDE 7611: Gastrointestinal & Renal Systems 1
  • MEDE 7715: Reproductive & Endocrine Systems 1
  • DPHT 7200 & 7400: Clinical Anatomy 1 & 2
  • MPAS 5401 & 5208: Clinical Anatomy 1 & 2
  • IPAN 5630: Structural Neuroscience
  • BMSC 5310: Scientific Communications
  • BMSC 6998: Individual Research
  • SARS 6150: Anatomy Journal Club

Selected Publications

  •  Fisher CL., Rabbani T., Johnson K, Reeves RE, and Wood A. 2019. Diagnostic capability of dynamic ultrasound evaluation of supination-external rotation ankle injuries: a cadaveric study. BMC musculoskeletal disorders20(1), 502.
  • Farrell M, Dhume M, Fisher CL, Reeves RE. Massive right-sided hiatal hernia variation. International Journal of Anatomical Variation. 2019; 12 (1).
  • Baillio MR, Reeves RE, Fisher CL. Variation of Posterior Deltoid Muscle. International Journal of Anatomical Variation. 2018; 11(1); 11-12.
  • Young M, Reeves RE, Rosales A. Accessory Muscle of the Deep Posterior Leg: A Novel Case Presentation. International Journal of Anatomical Variations. 2017;10 (4): 94-95.
  • Nguyen VH, Lui H, Rosales A, and Reeves RE. A Cadaveric Study on the Surface Projection of the Dorsal Scapular Nerve. International Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2017; Vol. 3:131. 1-5.
  • Nguyen VH, Lui H, Rosales A, and Reeves RE. “A Cadaveric Investigation of the Dorsal Scapular Nerve,” Anatomy Research International, 2016, Article ID 4106981, 1-5.
  • Le D, Shafi S, Gwirtz P, Bennett M, Reeves RE, Callender L, Dunklin C, Cleveland S. 2015.  Effect of Obesity on Motor Outcome of Rehabilitating Traumatic Brain Injury Patients. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94(8): 627-632,
  • Cromeens BP, Kirchhoff CA, Patterson RM, Motley T, Stewart D, Fisher C, Reeves RE.  2015. An Attachment Based Description of the Medial Collateral and Spring Ligament Complexes. Foot and Ankle International. 36(6): 710-721.
  • Shi X, Tubb L, Chen S, Fulda KG, Franks S, Reeves RE, Lister G. 2014. Association of health disparities and physical activity with children’s health and academic problems. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness. 12:7-14.
  • Cromeens BP, Patterson R, Sheedlo HJ, Motley T, Stewart D, Fisher C, Suzuki S, Su F, Reeves RE. 2012.  Association of Hindfoot Ligament Tears and Osteochondral Lesions. Foot and Ankle International. 32(12): 1164-1174.
  • Cromeens BP, Reeves RE.  2011. Anomalous Peroneus (Fibularis) Longus Muscle:  An Atypical Insertion and Incomplete Distal Tendon. Clinical Anatomy. 24(9):997-999.
  • Reeves RE, Vishwanatha JK, Yorio T, Budd M, Sheedlo HJ. 2008. The post-baccalaureate premedical certification program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center strengthens admission qualifications for entrance into medical school. Academic Medicine. 83(1):45-51.
  • Reeves RE, Sheedlo HJ, Roque RS. 2005. Promoting graduate student interest and participation in human gross anatomy. Anatomical Record, Part B: The New Anatomists. 284B:1.
  • Reeves RE, Aschenbrenner JE, Wordinger RJ, Roque RS, Sheedlo HJ. 2004. Improved dissection efficiency in the human gross anatomy laboratory by the integration of computers and modern technology. Clinical Anatomy. 17(4):337-344.
  • Cammarata PR, Schafer G, Chen SW, Guo Z, Reeves RE. 2002. Osmoregulation in taurine uptake in cultured human and bovine lens epithelial cells. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 43:425-433.
  • Reeves RE, Sanchez-Torres J, Coca-Prados M, Cammarata PR. 1998. Expression of pICln mRNA in cultured bovine lens epithelial cells: response to changes in cell volume. Current Eye Research. 17(9):861-9.