Doc Dissections

Get in touch with your inner scientist and dissect an organ under expert guidance from a doctor and a museum science educator. Come explore the wonders of organ anatomy like never before, and learn the ways to keep a healthy body.

Dates & Tickets

Dissections will take place on selected Saturdays from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure the class can start on time. Tickets include admission to The Museum.

Click on the date of the dissection to get your tickets. Tickets are available to individuals, pairs, or groups of up to four. Pricing varies depending on the size of the dissection group.

DateClassLead Doctor
June 22HeartDr. Zalamea
June 29BrainDr. Uribe
July 6Autopsy SpecialDr. Podduturi
July 13Anatomy LabDr. Dimino & Dr. Uribe
July 20EyeDr. Dimino
July 27EyeTBD
Aug 3Suturing LabDr. Dimino
Aug 10BrainDr. Uribe
Aug 17Suturing LabDr. Wood
Aug 24FrogDr. Uribe
Aug 31FrogDr. Uribe

Anatomy Lab
Small group experience with a high-fidelity synthetic cadaver. Go through the systems and learn where the organs are located and how they work together.

Autopsy Special
A DIY fetal pig dissection with a forensic pathologist. Learn about how an autopsy works, the steps, and what to look for. 

Brain
A DIY dissection where we go through the lobes, cerebellum, and brainstem and how the parts work together. Learn about stroke and brain health.

Eye
A DIY dissection where we go through the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, vitreous, retina, and more. Learn about how the eye functions and how information gets sent to the brain.

Frog
A DIY dissection where we compare and contrast amphibian and mammalian anatomy and learn how the systems work together. 

Heart
A DIY dissection where we go through chambers, valves, and external anatomy as well as physiology. Cover heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and atherosclerosis.

Kidney
A DIY dissection where we go through the cortex, medulla, and nephrons, how the kidney filters the blood, and learn about kidney transplantation.

Suturing Lab
A DIY experience where individuals learn how to suture on skin pads and why it is important.

Dr. Rakhi Dimino

Medical Director of Operations
Ob Hospitalist Group

Dr. Dimino is passionate about reducing maternal mortality and morbidity by increasing access to superior health care for all women and their unborn babies. Dr. Dimino has had an active role with the Texas Medical Association for more than a decade and currently serves on their Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health.

Dr. Erik Handberg

Forensic Pathologist
Fort Bend County Medical Examiner

Dr. Handberg investigates sudden and suspicious deaths to identify homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths. He completed his undergraduate and medical school in Arizona, training in anatomic pathology in Oregon, and forensic pathology training in Miami, Florida. Find Dr. Handberg on @TheForensicMD where he actively provides education on the role and responsibilities of Forensic Pathologists.

Dr. Varsha Podduturi

Deputy Medical Examiner,
Fort Bend County Medical Examiner’s Office

Dr. Podduturi attended Texas Tech University where she received both her undergraduate degree in Finance and her Medical degree. She completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Baylor University Medical Center and a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science.

Dr. Paul Uribe

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner,
Fort Bend County Medical Examiner’s Office

Dr. Uribe graduated from the Army Medical Department’s Intermediate Level Education and Medical Management of Biological and Chemical Casualties Course. He retired from active duty with nearly 24 years of service. He is board-certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology and carries medical licensure in eight states. He has multiple publications and numerous presentations at international conferences.

Dr. Patrick Wood

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
LifeGift

Dr. Wood joined LifeGift as medical director in 1991 and has served on the Board of Directors for the past decade. As the former president of the Texas Transplantation Society, Dr. Wood has served on many United Network for Organ Sharing committees. He also established the liver transplant programs at the University of Texas, Memorial Hermann Health System, Texas Children’s Hospital, and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Sushma Yalamanchili, M.D.

Neuro-ophthalmologist,
Houston Methodist

Sushma Yalamanchili, M.D., was raised in Houston and went to St. John’s for high school. She completed her undergraduate degree, medical school, residency, and fellowship training in New York. She currently practices comprehensive and neuro-ophthalmology, passionate about spreading awareness about preventing blindness. Dr. Yalamanchili also enjoys teaching Baylor College of Medicine ophthalmology residents.

Dr. Jonathan Zalamea

Family Medicine, Primary Care & Sports Medicine
Houston Methodist

Dr. Zalamea is a team doctor for Prairie View A&M, Langham Creek High School, and Waller High School. He is passionate about education, and involvement with the Houston Methodist Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and Texas A&M College of Medicine. He founded Future Doctors, an educational program aimed at inspiring underserved high school students to pursue a career in medicine.

What Do Our Participants Say

“I enjoyed being able to get up close with an organ in a very interactive way. There’s always something new and exciting to learn.”

“It was very cool to learn about heart transplants from a retired cardiologist. The program also offered the opportunity to ask questions to professionals on the spot.”

Ella Hohmann

Science Communications Specialistehohmann@thehealthmuseum.org713-337-8456

Please reach out for more information or questions about Doc Dissections

When Saturday – Saturday June 22 – August 31 Where The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston
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