Sherif Hassan MD, PhD

Sherif Hassan

Contact Information

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy and Medical Education


Baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery (MD)
Masters of Science in Clinical and Chemical Pathology (MSc)
Masters of Basic Medical Science - Anatomy (MSc)
Doctorate of Basic Medical Science - Anatomy (PhD)


Dr. Sherif Hassan is a Professor of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Medical Education. He joined CUSM- Cal Med in 2016 as one of the founding faculty members. He is currently serving CUSM- Cal Med as the Chair Elect of the Executive Faculty Council/Faculty Assembly and in several other committees. Prior to his current position, he was an Associate Professor at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri. He also served as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University in Egypt, where he received his degrees and post-MD training. Dr. Hassan practiced medicine for 20 years as a clinical and chemical pathologist. He also has over 24 years of experience in higher education teaching neuroanatomy, embryology and gross anatomy in cadaver-based dissection labs. Dr. Hassan has significant expertise in designing, teaching, and developing Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience curricula for medical schools and is a certified item writer by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). He also has expertise utilizing various teaching modalities such as didactic lectures, small group learning, problem-based learning (PBL), team-based learning (TBL), and flipped classroom sessions, both, in systems-based and clinical presentation- based curricula. Dr. Hassan is the course director of Neuroscience and Endocrine for the MD Program and of the Principals of Anatomy and Histology for the Master of Biomedical Science Program.

I-TEAM lab (Interactive Table-Exercise for Applied Morphology)
Dr. Hassan shared with Cal Med’s Anatomy team in creating the I-TEAM lab (Interactive Table-Exercise for Applied Morphology) which is an innovative interdisciplinary environment for learning Gross Anatomy, histology, embryology, pathology, physiology, and microbiology. I-TEAM is a unique setting where Cal Med’s students utilize technology to correlate anatomy to different imaging modalities, virtual microscopy, and laparoscopic anatomy. This hybrid atmosphere provides Cal Med’s students with a hands-on learning experience where they can apply critical-thinking skills to problem-solving in these different disciplines.

Research Interests

Dr. Hassan has developed a rigorous research lines studying oxidative stress and ROS scavenging properties of compounds, using histological, ultrastructural, immunohistochemical, and biochemical techniques. Dr. Hassan is also interested in medical education research to evaluate the innovative approaches in medical education, especially in Gross anatomy and Neuroscience. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations in national and international conferences. He has mentored several students of the Master of Biomedical Science and Master/Doctorate in Anatomy.