Dr. Bruce Newton

Professor and Chair of Anatomy
Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Office Address:
Leon Levine Hall of Medicine
Room 411
Mailing Address:
PO Box 4280
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Bruce W. Newton, PhD is professor and chair of anatomy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA. and a Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. He participated in post-doctoral work in Neurobiology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Basic Science Research: Development of afferents into spinal autonomic regions; gonadal hormone control of sexual dimorphism of spinal motoneuron systems; testicular descent; sex differences in pain. Educational Research: Changes in empathy as medical students progress through undergraduate medical education; development of critical-thinking skills; motivation. Teaching Abilities: Gross Anatomy; Histology; Embryology; Neuroanatomy/Neuroscience. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the International Association of Medical Science educators (IAMSE).


  • B.S., Biology, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • Ph.D., Anatomy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Post-doc, Neurobiology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


  • Associate Dean For Undergraduate Medical Education, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Gross Anatomy Course Director and Neuroscience Course Director, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Career Highlights

  • Gross Anatomy & Embryology USMLE Step 1 Question writer

Awards, Recognition & Honors

  • Recipient of the 2011 Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Educational Excellence Award. Also awarded in 2012, 2013.
  • Master Teacher Award (2016), International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)


  • International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA)


  • 1. Newton, B.W., L. Barber, J. Clardy and E. Cleveland (2014) Who has heart? Vicarious empathy vs. residency match. Med. Sci. Educator, 24(1):45-50. DOI 10.1007/s40670-014-0021-6
  • 2. Newton, B.W. “Walking a fine line: Is it possible to remain an empathic physician and have a hardened heart?”. In: “The Neural Underpinnings of Vicarious Empathy”, Peter Enticott, ed., Front. Human Neurosci., June, vol. 7, 2013. (doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00233)
  • 3. Newton, B.W., J.H. Menna and P.W. Tank "How to Become an Effective Course Director". Springer, New York, NY, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-387-84904-1