The AMI Advisory Council is proud to announce the following ten recipients of the AMI Diversity Fellowship.

This outstanding group was selected from a competitive pool of applicants that represented diversity in race and ethnicity, among other demographics.

“All applicants demonstrated a passion for the mission of the Diversity Fellowship, and we were humbled by the interest in and commitment to this new program,” said Jill Gregory, Chair of the Advisory Council.

The application process was rigorous. Applicants were asked to submit personal statements, a portfolio of five illustration samples, and references. With only ten positions available, the Advisory Council faced difficult decisions in evaluating and scoring the applications and then deliberating over the final selections.



 

Ezgi Bozogullarindan AMI Diversity Fellow Recipient

Ezgi Bozoğullarından

Hatay, Antakya, Türkiye

Ezgi graduated from a fine arts high school by taking courses in oil painting, sculpture, graphic design, drawing essentials and history of art etc. Then, she gained admission into Sivas Cumhuriyet University to study medicine. After successfully completing her education in basic, internal and surgical medicine, she became an intern doctor. She currently works as a medical intern doctor at Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine. In 2018, she started to take a place in medical illustration professionally by receiving Dr. Levent Efe's mentorship. From that time, she has produced original artworks for patient education, medicine education, scientific papers and many more purposes by working on medical illustration and medical animation.

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Sami Brussels AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sami Brussels

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Sami Brussels is a medical illustrator specializing in reconstructive urology and plastics, and a multidisciplinary artist whose work deals with homosexuality, disability, and lived experience as a transsexual man. Professionally, he is passionate about health literacy, PCORI-driven projects, translational research, easing the transition between pediatric and adult care for congenital conditions, patient education on gender-affirming surgeries, and empowering patients for self-advocacy in healthcare settings. His recent medical illustration work includes collaborations with NYU Langone, McGraw Hill, the Fenway Center, Dartmouth Health, and Callen-Lorde.


 

Ni-ka Ford AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Ni-ka Ford, CMI

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Ni-ka is a Board-Certified Medical Illustrator based in Atlanta Georgia. She is the founder of Enlight Visuals, a scientific and medical visualization studio. She creates didactic illustrations and 3D visualizations for scientific research, journal publications, medical education, and patient educational materials. She received a MS degree in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia Southern University. Ni-ka’s goals include improving health literacy through visual communication and contributing to the growing need for inclusive and diverse representation within medical and healthcare literature. As a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators she has served as Chair of the Diversity Committee (2021-2023) and was inducted as a Fellow of the AMI in 2023.

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Tiffany Fung AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Tiffany Fung, MA

Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Tiffany Fung is the co-founder and creative director of Biotic Artlab, a medical illustration studio based in the Netherlands that supports global clients like Astrazeneca, Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson. Her fascination with the human body is guided by her lifelong dedication to rock-climbing. Over the years, her interest in performance training and injury prevention has pushed her work in medical illustration towards sports medicine and orthopedics. She firmly believes in supporting educational material that gives athletes the tools to better understand their own performance. Currently, Tiffany is based out of Marseille, France, where she is enjoying not only eternal summers, but also the intense skin sun damage that comes with the package for only $free.99.

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Lucia Garces  AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Lucia Fernanda Garces Torres

Jerico, Antioquia, Colombia

Lucia is a professional graphic designer and illustrator with over 20 years of experience. Her passion for science, meticulous nature, curiosity, and fascination for learning and understanding complex information led her to pursue a career as a scientific illustrator, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Natural History Illustration in 2018. As a Latin-American woman and a scientific illustrator from Colombia, she is deeply committed to promoting diversity and representation within the medical illustration community. Her unique background and experiences make her a great collaborator. Those who get to know her think she is integral and easy-going, with a can-do attitude. She is a problem solver who works under diverse circumstances and always strives to find better, more efficient ways to do things and run processes.She helps diverse organizations that want to communicate complex ideas or scientific concepts to professionals in the field and the general public by efficiently developing effective illustrations and visuals.

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Sarah Gluschitz AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sarah Gluschitz, CMI

St George's, Grenada, West Indies

Sarah Gluschitz (they/them) is a queer non-binary academic medical illustrator. They work at the Center for BioMedical Visualization, St. George’s University, Grenada. Their work in academia includes development of research illustrations, human cadaver dissection and has allowed them to play a role in reshaping the medical school curriculum to build foundational knowledge, foster understanding, increase awareness and cultivate inclusive behaviours amongst future healthcare providers. Sarah is originally from Northern Germany and considers themselves to be a global citizen. They have lived all their adult life abroad with family scattered around Europe and the Americas. This intercultural web of their life expands into how they see community building and cross-cultural exchange as pillars of a diverse and inclusive society. Sarah graduated with honours in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Scientific Illustration from ZUYD University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. More recently they achieved Board certification as a Certified Medical Illustrator in 2023. They see this fellowship as a unique opportunity that allows them the time to create solely racially diverse and intersectional illustrations that are available to educators at no charge. Granting not just those with means to pay for diversity the opportunity to engage in change making.

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Sarah Gluschitz


 

Dr. Morium Howlader AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Dr. Morium Howlader , MBBS, MRCGP

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Dr. Morium Howlader is a Primary Care Physician and Medical Illustrator based in the North East of England. She is delighted to have been chosen as an AMI Diversity Fellow this year. Building a database of images depicting medical conditions in the full spectrum of patients that she sees resonates very deeply with her. There is a rich variety of skin tones and features in the people that she meets, and it is important to her that all patients are represented in the images that are used to teach and help others learn.

One of her roles is as a Clinical Lead for Health Inequalities for her region, which regularly highlights attention to those communities that fall outside the typical representation of patients in medical imagery, which is to their detriment when engaging with services and ultimately their health. This fellowship provides an opportunity to challenge these discrepancies, by providing updated, considered, sensitive and compassionate imagery representing a wider array of communities, and produced by artists from those same communities themselves. Dr. Morium Howlader is thrilled to be a part of it, and she looks forward to getting started!

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Lucia Garces Torres AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sana Khan, HBSC, MScBMC

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Sana is a visualization specialist with advanced training in biomedical illustration and design, and she works with healthcare professionals, editorial publications, researchers, pharmaceutical corporations, and businesses specializing in health, medicine and scientific discovery to visually translate complex science into a clear and understandable form. She is a graduate of the one in only five accredited medical illustration programs in North America -- the Master's level Biomedical Communication program at the University of Toronto, where the focus is communicating complex science into comprehensible visuals, developing compelling scientific and medical illustrations, UI/UX design, and 2D/3D animations. Additionally, she has completed her undergraduate specialist degree in neurobiology, genetics and behavior alongside 3+ years of neuroscience and environmental research experience. She is passionate about combining the disciplines of art and science to create beautiful, scientifically accurate illustrations, diagrams and visuals benefitting science communication. She specializes in surgical, anatomical and pathological illustrations, scientific visualizations, editorial and academic publications, science explainer animations, and patient and public education. As a freelancer and entrepreneur, she is always seeking unique opportunities to create visual content that advances scientific knowledge, medical and life science research, and any form of science communication for patients and the public.

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NameLucia Garces Torres AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Lilith Lawrence

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lilith Alexandria Lawrence is an alumnus of the Master’s in Biomedical Communications program at The Univeristy of Toronto Mississauga, Class of 2023. She aims to make medical information more understandable and less intimidating to a general patient audience. When people seek healthcare, they are often in a time of need. They deserve to feel listened to and cared for. Lilith believes that this should be true at all times during their healthcare journey, including the time they spend engaging with patient education materials. It is her goal as a visual communicator to provide, not only clarity, but also compassion to people who could very well be living through the most trying time of their lives. She is also deeply concerned about the state of public scientific literacy, and how this has impacted public health in Canada. Lilith would like to use visual communication to not only teach scientific literacy, but also to help others cultivate the same genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for science and learning that She has. Lilith Lawrence believes in building a society where everyone looks out into the world with the same twinkle of hope and curiosity that we had when we were younger.

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Tal Bavli Ziv AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Tal Bavli Ziv

North York, Ontario, Canada

Originally from Israel, Tal Bavli Ziv (she/her) has been traveling and living around the world since 2010. She now considers herself fortunate to raise her two little boys with her husband in the wonderfully diverse city of Toronto.

Tal holds an undergraduate degree in Illustration (BFA) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto.

Tal's dedication to diversity and inclusion, with all their complexities, is interwoven into every piece she creates. Her view is that diversity encompasses far more than just skin color. She actively seeks opportunities to be thoughtful about inclusivity in each new project she undertakes and is eager to collaborate with others to advance the profession collectively. In the spirit of "a rising tide lifts all boats," Tal is thrilled to utilize her skills to contribute to efforts aimed at improving health equity.

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