Professor Peter Abrahams
Job title: Professor of Clinical Anatomy
National Teaching Fellow 2011
Peter Abrahams is Professor of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School (WMS). He trained as a medic in London after teaching with VSO in the jungles of Borneo, and is passionate about how technology can enhance teaching.
Peter has always been at the vanguard of educational technology. In 1997 he was awarded the BMA electronic publishing prize for Interactive Skeleton CD-ROM. In 2005 with Craven and Lumley he won The Richard Asher Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine, for the best new medical textbook. His major educational contributions include the McMinn “Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its 6th edition and with Weir “Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its 4th edition. In 2006 the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) recognised his contributions as its “Honoured Member - for authorship of anatomical textbooks and electronic resources in many languages”.
Peter won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in his first year at the University of Warwick and has continued an established tradition of using technology to enhance the student experience. He has created educational apps to improve student engagement, is involved with the development of 3D printing for medical and educational purposes and still finds time to support his students as a senior editor on their newly launched journal. Alongside this Peter heads up The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre, making WMS the first in the UK to order a complete collection of plastinated prosections and cross sections for anatomy teaching.
Peter originally intended to become a surgeon but was side-tracked into anatomy after writing “Clinical Anatomy of Practical Procedures”. This led to a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa. He was a Clinical Anatomist at both UCL and Cambridge before moving to his present Chair in Warwick in 2007. He is a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge and an NHS GP two days a week. He was an anatomical consultant for WHO, and has examined and lectured doctors and surgeons from across the globe. Since 1993 he has been a part-time professor at St. Georges University, Grenada where he practices his passions of SCUBA , jungle hiking and lecturing on the history of art.