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Virginia T. Lyons, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Education

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Associate Dean, Preclinical Year 1

Medical Education

Rochester Institute of Technology, BS
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, PhD

Academy of Master Faculty Educators


Contact Information:

Virginia T. Lyons
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
HB#7100, Remsen 237B
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Remsen 237B
Phone: 603 650-1745
Fax: 603 650-1637
Email: virginia.lyons@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Medical education and curricular design
Using technology in teaching
Innovations in pedagogy
Integration of anatomy and radiology in the medical school curriculum

Courses Taught:

Course Director, Human Anatomy and Embryology (ANAT-111, ANAT-112, ANAT-114)
Cells, Tissues and Organs (ANAT-113)
Neuroscience (NEWD-115)


Virginia is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and the Associate Dean for the first year of the Geisel curriculum. She received her PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2006, Virginia taught anatomy at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. At Geisel she is the course director for the gross anatomy and embryology courses and also teaches histology and neuroscience. Virginia was an inaugural member of two teaching academies – the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators and the Geisel Academy of Faculty Master Educators. Her professional and research interests are in medical education and curricular design, specifically exploring innovative pedagogies, using technology in teaching and integrating anatomy and radiology in the medical school curriculum. Virginia serves on the Geisel Medical Education Committee and is the Geisel Ombudsperson. She has attended numerous workshops about teaching, including the Principles of Medical Education workshop at the Harvard Macy Institute and the Active Learning Institute offered by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.

Selected Publications:


  • Metti N., Anwar F., Lyons V. and Bee M. What to Teach or Not to Teach, that is the Question: Anatomy Objectives in a Modern Medical Curriculum. FASEB J April 2016 30:786.5

  • Fulton, T, et. al. Unpacking your Brain: Collaborative Identification of Core Basic Science Concepts Important in Clinical Decision-Making. IAMSE in San Diego, CA, June 2015

  • Virginia Lyons. Competencies 101: The knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes of a top notch anatomy educator. FASEB J April 2015 29: 341.2

  • Betts K, Schmidt-Bowman M, Reed J and Lyons VT. A New Twist on PBL: A Pilot Study of a Problem-based Dissection Exercise. FASEB J April 2015 29: 205.5

  • Virginia Lyons and Kathleen Muldoon. Flipping the Classroom: Turning the Traditional Anatomy Lecture on its Head. FASEB J April 2013 27:318.1

  • Taylor VL, Al-Ghoul KJ, Lane CW, Davis VA, Kuszak JR, and Costello MJ. Morphology of the normal human lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 37:1396, 1996.