Vanessa Ruiz is currently Creative Director at Wolters Kluwer Clinical Effectiveness, creating engaging experiences to help patients understand their health. Vanessa is the driving force behind Street Anatomy, a blog that aggregates works that explore the intersection of art and medical illustration. Since its 2007 launch, Street Anatomy has published more than one thousand posts, revealing human anatomy in pencil drawings, tattoos, 3-D printing, and interior design, among other media.
Fascinated by the surge in street art that was happening in Chicago while she pursued a master’s degree in biomedical visualization at the University of Illinois, Vanessa found a lack of public knowledge about the profession. She created Street Anatomy in the hopes of taking medical illustration into more public spaces and built an online resource for the public to discover contemporary anatomical art that gained instant popularity. Vanessa was a Speaker at TEDMED 2015 and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board.