Looking for inspirations for medical illustrations or looking to hire a medical illustrator for your medical publication?
So why do you need to hire a medical illustrator?
A medical illustrator/animator is a trained artist who has studied medicine, science, communication, and media technology. They create imagery that advances medical science knowledge and improves health literacy for patients and the general public as visualization specialists.
In this post, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best medical illustrators and animators working today.
1. John Foerster
The University of Michigan awarded John Foerster an MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration. In 1990, he founded Foerster Illustration Inc, whose clients include American Family Physician, ASCCP, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, University of Michigan Health System, and Harvard Medical School.
Foerster has also taught at Colorado State University, the Medical College of Georgia, and, most recently, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.foersterstudios.com
2. Randal McKenzie
Randal McKenzie’s work has been recognized with hundreds of awards (over 500 since 1990) in radiology, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, stem cell applications, nutrition factors, and other fields. His work has appeared on ABC’s Nightline to demonstrate obesity, on ESPN to demonstrate head injuries, and on Dr. Oz to demonstrate radical surgery.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.mckenzieillustrations.com
3. Veronica Falconieri Hays
Veronica Falconieri Hays is a Certified Medical Illustrator based in the Washington, DC area who specializes in medical, molecular, cellular, and biological visualization in both still and animated formats.
Veronica received her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied medical subjects such as anatomy alongside medical students while also completing coursework in illustration and animation.
Visit Portfolio: https://falconierivisuals.com
4. Bryan Christie
Bryan Christie’s award-winning images, which range from microbiology to astronomy, have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, WIRED, Field & Stream, Esquire, and others. Christie specializes in transforming complicated concepts into accurate and memorable visualizations, regardless of the subject.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.medillsb.com/artist.aspx?AID=2411
5. Brian Harrold
Beru Graphics’ founder, Brian Harrold, has been illustrating and retouching for over 15 years. His precise and approachable medical illustration style has been used to depict everything from the coronavirus to deconstructing the basic elements of routine surgeries.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.medillsb.com/artist.aspx?AID=4965
6. Todd Buck
Todd Buck creates medical and scientific illustrations for pharmaceutical and biotechnology advertisement and marketing, medical and consumer publishing, and web-based patient education media. His illustrations have been used in museums in the United States, Chile, and Hong Kong. He is also an illustration professor at Northern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.medillsb.com/artist.aspx?AID=261
7. Adam Questell
Adam Questell founded A KYU Design because he was passionate about medicine, science, and technology. The enthusiasm, combined with an objective and analytical approach focused on nearly 20 years of experience, results in smooth integration with your team and an easy working relationship.
A KYU Design, according to Questell, is about simply and efficiently conveying complicated concepts while breathing life and energy into stories, products, and ideas.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.medillsb.com/artist.aspx?AID=353
8. Medical Illustration Studios
Medical Illustration Studios is known for producing dynamic and award-winning drawings, animations, and designs. From patient and employee education to pharmaceutical distribution and promotion, the organization is renowned for its ability to efficiently interact with medical professionals by transforming complex knowledge into simplified and visually appealing visuals.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.medicalillustrationstudios.com
9. Michele Graham
Michele Graham holds the title of Board Certified Medical Illustrator. She has a Master of Science in Anatomy with a concentration on Medical Illustration and a Master of Fine Art in drawing. She has been working as a Medical Illustrator for the past 17 years and is now self-employed.
Graham has 7 years of experience teaching anatomy and drawing at Colorado State University, as well as 5 years teaching anatomy and art in the Nursing and Liberal Arts Programs at the College of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.michelegraham.com
10. Thom Leach
Thomas Leach is a multi-talented digital artist who specializes in scientific illustrations. In 2017, he earned a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Manchester and has since worked as a freelance artist for scientists and science-related businesses.
Illustrations for journal covers, figures for scientific journals, and commercial illustrations have all been part of Leach’s ventures. His areas of expertise include 3D and vector-based illustrations, as well as 3D rendered animations.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.amoeba-studios.com
11. Laurie O’Keefe
Laurie O’Keefe specializes in biomedical illustrations that depict science and nature in an entertaining and educational manner. She creates illustrations for a wide range of publishing formats, including textbooks, pharmaceutical product advertisements, museum, and medical-legal exhibits, and her clients include Google, Pfizer, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, IDEXX, and Purina.
Visit Portfolio: https://laurieokeefe.com
12. Clark Medical Illustration
Clark Medical Illustration is a full-service medical, biological, and scientific communications company headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth. It specializes in medical and scientific illustration for patient and professional education, advertisement, web and interactive media design, art direction, and project management for technology.
Visit Portfolio: https://clark-illustration.com
13. Mesa Studios
Mesa Studios is a full-service design company specializing in one-of-a-kind and unforgettable scientific, medical, and data-driven solutions. The company aims to create a connection to your audience with clear and engaging visuals, armed with scientific expertise and an artistic toolkit.
Mesa Schumacher, the principal artist, has over 15 years of experience solving visual problems in science and has worked in virtually every industry of science visualization, from mainstream publishing to academia, pharmaceutical and biotech, and product design.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.mesaschumacher.com
14. Kaitlin Lindsay
Kaitlin Lindsay works as a board-certified medical illustrator in Kearney, Nebraska. She is a practicing member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and earned her Master’s degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lindsay’s work has appeared in journals, exhibits, and presentations for audiences ranging from experts to students to patients and jury members. She is highly trained in biological sciences, medicine, communication, and design.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.lindsaymedart.com
15. Jennifer Gentry
Jennifer Gentry’s work covers illustrations for over 20 academic journals, as well as patient education, medical devices, pharmaceutical, marketing, legal exhibits, and web/onscreen. She focuses on graphic design, information design, and the role of aesthetics in effective communication.
Representative clients include Thieme Medical Publishers, Quality Medical Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Merck, Eli Lilly, the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Rheumatology, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, and various colleges, physicians, researchers, design and advertising companies, law firms, and medical device manufacturers.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.gentryvisualization.com
16. Mica Duran
Mica Duran is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator with extensive experience in medical illustration, scientific illustration, and graphic design. She is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and the Illustrator’s Partnership of America. She is an active member of the Committee on Artist Rights. Clients range from major biotech companies to local surgeons. Her research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Journal of Cancer Research, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Visit Portfolio: http://www.micaduran.com
17. Fairman Studios
Fairman Studios, led by Jennifer Fairman, specializes in medical and scientific illustration for publication and patient education, as well as 2D animation, web publishing, and digital and graphic design.
Fairman is a professional member of the AMI who has served on the Board of Governors and was recently inducted as a Fellow. She was also honored with the AMI’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a member of the GNSI, The Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, and the Vesalius Trust.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.fairmanstudios.com
18. DNA Illustrations
DNA Illustrations is a multi-award-winning biomedical visualization firm that specializes in custom model illustrations for editorial and advertising use. The organization has more than 20 years of experience in producing images for surgery, anatomy, disease process, mechanism of action, patient education, and immunology.
DNA specializes in editorial illustration, patient education, textbook illustrations, surgical illustrations, medical device sales, anatomical plates, conceptual imagery, commercial illustration, and more.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.dnaillustrations.com
19. Body Scientific International
Body Scientific International was founded in 2005 with the aim of providing medical illustration and design services to the healthcare industry. Body Scientific has made thousands of illustrations for publishing firms, hundreds of patient education items for pharmaceutical companies to brands to market their products, and pursued international business since that time.
The company specializes in medical illustration, patient education, anatomical models, medical promotions, and a variety of other services.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.bodyscientific.com
20. Merve Evren
Merve Evren is a Turkish medical illustrator at Ege University’s Center for Information and Communication Technologies. She is a founding partner of Visuluma Scientific Visualization, a research and development firm in the Ege Technopark Area. She continues her scientific art studies at Ege Technopark with her team. In 2019, she earned her Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology.
Visit Portfolio: https://www.merveevren.com