R. Shane Tubbs, PhD, MS, PA-C

Professor of Neurosurgery; Professor of Structural & Cellular Biology; Anatomical Research Director, CNRC; Surgical Anatomy Director, Tulane School of Medicine

School of Medicine


Dr. R. Shane Tubbs is a clinical anatomist and practiced in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for 25 years. Dr. Tubbs’ research interests are centered around what his lab has termed “reverse translational anatomy research” where clinical/surgical problems are identified and addressed with anatomical studies. This investigative paradigm has resulted in over 1,500 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Tubbs’ lab has made novel discoveries in human anatomy and many anatomical feasibility studies from his lab have been used by surgeons from around the world. 
He has been a visiting professor to major institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. Dr. Tubbs has authored/edited over 50 books including Gray’s Anatomy Review, Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body, Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures, Anatomy for Plastic Surgery of the Face, Head, and Neck, Nerves and Nerve Injuries, A History of Human Anatomy, and Bergman’s Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation. He is an editor for the 41st and 42nd editions of Gray’s Anatomy, the 5th through 7th editions of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy and is the editor-in-chief of the journal Clinical Anatomy, which is the official journal of the American and British Associations of Clinical Anatomists.  Dr. Tubbs was recently named chair of the Federative International Programme on Anatomical Terminologies.