Faculty Information

Cristian Stefan, MD

Clinical Professor
Molecular Pathobiology
137 East 25th Street, room 533, New York, NY 10010
E-mail: cs4730@nyu.edu

Cristian Stefan, MD is a Clinical Professor with a multifaceted experience in the healthcare professions education and a Harvard Macy scholar. He has worked with dental and medical students, interns and residents for more than 30 years. His expertise extends over teaching, curricular design, innovative instructional approaches and methodology, faculty development, medical simulation and inter-professional education.

His multidisciplinary teaching experience includes Neuroscience, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Clinical Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Clinical Skills and Medical Humanities, with emphasis on critical thinking, integration, clinical relevance, contextual and experiential learning, and collaborative work.

Prior to joining NYU College of Dentistry in 2015, where he also participates in the teaching program at the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Stefan’s rich academic portfolio included faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Tulane University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Touro University College of Medicine, and Pikeville University Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as part-time teaching at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he has been a visiting or guest faculty at other universities in the USA, Sweden, South Africa, Argentina, Japan and Grenada, as well as an invited speaker, chair or member on panels and symposia, and presenter at numerous national and international conferences.

Over the years, Dr. Stefan has had an active presence in multiple associations and at various venues, e.g. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Argentine Association of Clinical Anatomy (AAAC), Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), American Association of Anatomists / Experimental Biology (AAA/EB), International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA), etc.

Among positions held at national and international level, Dr. Stefan served as chair or co-chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, councilor-at-large for the same association, member of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Program co-chair for the International Association of Medical Science Educators Annual Meeting, and member of the Anatomical Education Committee of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists.

He has also developed and maintained a special interest regarding the symbiotic relationship between Art and Medicine. Alone or through collaborations, he organized or was invited to give interactive sessions and workshops on this topic at academic institutions and/or museums in the US and abroad.

Among other accomplishments, Dr. Stefan is co-author of the cutting-edge multimodality atlas "Imaging Anatomy of the Human Brain - A Comprehensive Atlas Including Adjacent Structures"; consulting editor (previously consulting co-editor) for the "Thieme Atlas of Anatomy - Head, Neck, and Neuroanatomy”; member of the Elsevier Medical Education Advisory Board and Editorial Board member for the “Elsevier Integrated Series” books.


Education

Certificate, Program for Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA, 2010

Certificate, International Design Strategies for Medical Curricula Across the Continuum, Harvard Medical International in partnership with Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006

Certificate, Program for Educators in the Health Professions, Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA, 2006

Post-Doctoral Advanced Program in Medical Anthropology, Francisc I. Rainer Anthropological Research Center of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania, 1991-1992

Residency in General Medicine, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, 1985-1988

MD, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, 1985

Honors/Credentials

  • Faculty Council Teaching Award in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching and Dedication to Dental Students, New York University College of Dentistry (2019)
  • “Guest of Honor” title conferred by the City of Cordoba, Argentina, for distinguished scientific and academic contributions at international events held in the city (2017)
  • Distinction at the Inaugural Dean’s Honors Day, New York University College of Dentistry (2017)
  • Dean’s Award, New York University College of Dentistry (2016)
  • Honorary Membership conferred by the Argentine Association of Clinical Anatomy, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015) 
  • Letter of appreciation for the educational contribution to the program organized by Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2015)
  • Award for Winning Technology Innovation at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Faculty Choice Award for Teaching Excellence in the Pre-matriculation Student Educational Enrichment Program for Medical and Dental Students, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (2011 and 2012)
  • Awards for “The Most Enthusiastic Teacher” and “The Best Analogies”, received from the first-year class at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (2011)
  • Nominated for the Best Teacher of the Year Award by the Owl Club of the Medical Students at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA (2010)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for service as Councilor-at-Large between 2006-2009 (2009)
  • Certificates of Appreciation from the International Association of Medical Science Educators (2008 and 2009)
  • Invited Member on the Advisory Board for the Research School at the Linne Center for Developmental Biology for Regenerative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (2009) 
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the International Committee on Symposia on Morphological Sciences (2008) 
  • Educational Achievement (STAR) Award, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (2007)
  • Certificate of recognition and appreciation of contribution to education from Jichi Medical University, Japan (2007)
  • Letters of appreciation from the leadership of the Harvard Macy Institute for contributions as faculty / returning scholar (2007)
  • Appreciation plaque for the educational contribution as visiting professor, Durban University of Technology Faculty of Health Sciences, Durban, South Africa (2006) 

Representative Publications

Atlas
Publications
Publications

  • Stefan C. (Consulting Editor): Head, Neck and Neuroanatomy, Thieme Atlas of
    Anatomy, Volume 3, Third edition (English Nomenclature), Thieme Medical Publishers,
    2020, ISBN: 978-1-62623-722-3
  • Borden NM, Forseen SE and Stefan C: Imaging Anatomy of the Human Brain – A
    Comprehensive Atlas Including Adjacent Structures, Demos Medical Publishing, 2016,
    ISBN: 978-1-936287-74-1
  • MacPherson BR, Stefan C. (Consulting Editors): Head, Neck and Neuroanatomy,
    Thieme Atlas of Anatomy Volume 3, Second edition (English Nomenclature), Thieme
    Medical Publishers, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-62623-120-7
  • MacPherson BR, Stefan C. and Hugo Zeberg (Consulting Editors): Head, Neck and
    Neuroanatomy, Thieme Atlas of Anatomy Volume 3, Second edition (Latin
    Nomenclature), Thieme Medical Publishers, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-62623-169-6
  • Stefan C: Editorial Review Board Member (Neuroscience) for the following books in the Elsevier’s Integrated Review, Second Edition, Elsevier Saunders, 2012
    • Pharmacology, ISBN: 978-0323074452
    • Genetics, ISBN: 978-0323074483
    • Biochemistry, ISBN: 978-0323074469
    • Immunology and Microbiology, ISBN: 978-0323074476
    • Stefan C: Editorial Review Board Member (Neuroscience) for the following books in the Elsevier’s Integrated Series, First Edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2007
    • Neuroscience, ISBN: 978-0323034098
    • Physiology, ISBN: 978-0323043182
    • Histology, ISBN: 978-0323033886
    • Anatomy and Embryology, ISBN: 978-1416031659
    • Pathology, ISBN: 978-0323043281
    • Pharmacology, ISBN: 978-0323034081
    • Genetics, ISBN: 978-0323043298
    • Biochemistry, ISBN: 978-0323034104
    • Immunology and Microbiology, ISBN: 978-0323033893

(since 2015, with academic years included)

  • The Human Body and Disease course (D2)
    Course Co-Director and core faculty (new course, 2020-) 
  • Neuroscience course (D1)
    Course Director (2018–present) and core faculty (2016–present)
  • Organ Systems course (D1)
    Core faculty (2015-2019)
  • General Pathology course (D2)
    Core faculty (2016-2020)
  • Systemic Pathology course (D2)
    Core faculty (2017-2020)
  • Integrated Case Presentations (D1-D4)
    Core faculty (2019-present)
  • Diversity, Attitudes and Health Beliefs course (D1)
    Core faculty (2017-present)
  • Geriatric seminars (D3)
    Core faculty (2019-present) 
  • History and Physical Examination course
    Core faculty (2017-2018) 
  • Basic Tissues course (D1)
    Core faculty (2015-2016)
  • National Board Dental Examination Part I Review (D2)
    Core faculty (2016-present)
  • Summer Remediation courses (D1)
    Core faculty (2016-present)