McMaster University

McMaster University

Bruce Wainman

, PhD

Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division Director: Anatomy

Director, Education Program in Anatomy

Director, Surgical Skills Laboratory


Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery


McMaster University
1R1 Health Sciences Centre
905-525-9140 ext. 22273

Assistant: Maureen Letang

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • PhD Biology, York University, 1990
  • MSc Medical Sciences, McMaster University, 1987
  • BSc (Honours) Biochemistry, Laurentian University


Research Focus

Bruce’s research is on interprofessional education, cognitive psychology,  and the use of augmented and virtual reality in education.  During the past two years Dr Wainman has published several enhanced eBooks for medical education including “Pharmacology Revealed” and “Physical Assessment of the Well Woman and Newborn.”  Dr Wainman is part of the team producing the “Comprehensive Midwifery” series of books which came online in 2019.


Academic Interests

As the Director of the Education Program in Anatomy, Dr Wainman is significantly involved in anatomy and physiology teaching within various Faculty of Health Science programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels including:

  • Undergraduate Medical Program
  • The School of Nursing
  • Post-Graduate Medical Program
  • Midwifery Education Program
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences Program

Selected Publications

  • BC Wainman, J Cornwall. Body Donation after Medically Assisted Death: An Emerging Consideration for Donor Program. 2019 Anat Sci Educ.
  • D Brewer‐Deluce, B Sharma, N Akhtar‐Danesh, T Jackson, BC Wainman Beyond Average Information: How Q‐Methodology Enhances Course Evaluations in Anatomy. 2019 Anat Sci Educ.
  • Zheng YH, Palombella A, Salfi J, Wainman BC. Dissecting through barriers: A follow‐up study on the long‐term effects of interprofessional education in a dissection course with healthcare professional students. 2019 Anat Sci Educ 12: 52-60.
  • B Wainman, G Pukas, L Wolak, E Zheng, G Norman. The Superiority of 3D Physical Models to 2D Computer Presentations in Anatomy Learning. Med Ed November 2018. 52(11):1138-1146.
  • Dao E, Zeller M, Wainman B, Farquharson MJ. Feasibility of the use of a handheld XRF analyzer to measure skin iron to monitor iron levels in critical organs. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology.  2018 December; 50: 305-311.
  •  Afzala, FSM, A Al-Ebraheem, DR. Chettle, ED. Desouza, MJ Farquharson, JM. O’Meara, A Pidruczny, BC Wainman, FE. McNeill. Feasibility of chromium measurement in skin using a portable hand-held XRF system. Nuclear Measurements and Methods B. 2018 Oct; 433:1-9.
  •   YH Zheng, A Palombella, J Salfi, B Wainman Dissecting through barriers: A follow‐up study on the long‐term effects of interprofessional education in a dissection course with healthcare professional students. n Anat Sci Educ. 2018 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print])
  • Fenesi, B, Mackinnon, C, Cheng L, Kim, JA, Wainman, BC. The Effect of Image Quality, Repeated Study, and Assessment Method on Anatomy Learning. Anat Sci Educ. 2017 Jun;10(3):249-26.
  • Wainman, BC, Kesner J, Martin I, Meadows J, Krieg E, Tsuji L. Menstrual Cycle Perturbation by Organohalogens and Elements in the Cree of James Bay, Canada. Chemosphere. 2016 Apr;149:190-201.
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