Program Director & Faculty

Dr. Anne Hirshfield, GCATS program director and Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative biology, has extensive experience in teaching Gross Anatomy to first-year GW medical students and students in GW's Physician Assistants Training Program. Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus has extensive experience teaching the anatomical disciplines (gross anatomy, embryology and microscopic anatomy) to medical students and other graduate and undergraduate students. She is the GI/Liver Block Director in the Medical Curiculum and she directs several courses in the various programs offered by the Anatomy and Regenerative Biology Department. 

As academic advisors for the GCATS program, Dr. Hirshfield and Dr. Jurjus will work one-on-one with students to help them successfully matriculate into medical school or physician assistant programs.

Tailoring the curriculum to each GCATS student, Dr. Hirshfield will provide opportunities to gain research experience in translational medicine and/or clinical enhancement experience. Additionally, she will assist students in preparing applications to medical schools or physician assistant programs, including writing composite letters of recommendation. At the start of each semester, Dr. Hirshfield must approve selected courses before registration. To ensure students remain on the right track, Dr. Hirshfield will regularly meet with GCATS students throughout the semester. 

All changes in the program of study must be pre-approved by the program director. To get in touch with Dr. Hirshfield for these types of changes, email her at

The core faculty for this graduate certificate are from the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology. They are well-experienced instructors of the gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroanatomy courses within the medical school curriculum. Faculty members who also participate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences provide an introduction to contemporary topics and imaging techniques in regenerative biology and systems physiology.