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Dennis DePace

Dennis DePace, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Admissions; Associate Professor

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • PhD in Anatomy - University of Buffalo (1974)
  • BA in Biology - University of Buffalo (1968)

Dr. DePace is senior associate dean for medical student admissions at Drexel University College of Medicine. He began his academic career at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy in 1974. He was first the course director for the neuroanatomy course at Hahnemann and subsequently became the director of the gross anatomy course.

In 1976, Dr. DePace introduced the first course in sectional anatomy in the Delaware Valley in response to the need for clinicians to understand the views of anatomy that were becoming common in the use of the CAT scan in clinical medical practice.

He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a multitude of Golden Apple Awards from medical students, the prestigious Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, the AHERF Trustees Award for Basic Science Teaching and the Angelo Pinto Award for Basic Science Teaching.

Dr. DePace has continued to introduce innovations into the teaching of anatomy. Currently, he is developing a series of clinical case reviews to replace the traditional conferences of the gross anatomy course, in order to provide a more effective web-based learning experience for the medical students of Drexel University College of Medicine. He maintains a course website for the gross anatomy course and has developed a series of teaching videos that have been rated highly by the students of the medical school.


Before becoming a full-time educator, Dr. DePace enjoyed research on the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system.

In the Media


Dr. DePace has several papers on the innervation of the bone marrow and the possible role of the autonomic nervous system in the control of hematopoetic tissues, and the structure of the blood brain barrier in autonomic ganglia. He is the author of several book chapters and the coauthor of Rypin's Review of Anatomy. Recently, he completed a question database for use with the recent publication of Gosling's Anatomy.

Contact Information

Research Office

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8475
Fax: 215.843.9082