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Photo of Carl Clingman

Carl Clingman

Medical illustrator, Mayo Clinic

BS 1989

Carl Clingman is a Wisconsin native from Baraboo. He has a commercial art background, but his strong interest in the sciences drew him toward a career in medical illustration. He designed his own curriculum at UW to complete the prerequisites for matriculation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's graduate program, Art As Applied to Medicine–the oldest school in nation for medical and biological illustration. 

After graduate school, Carl designed medical wall charts and sculpted 3-D prototypes for the Anatomical Chart Co. in Skokie, IL as well as fielding a variety of freelance book illustration work. He left the Chicago area in 1992 to take a position at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He also worked for a cardiovascular surgeon there, and that position prepared him as a specialist illustrating vascular surgery techniques. Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN hired him for his specialized skill set and now he enjoys restoring his 100-year-old home in his spare time.

He has received numerous awards and recognition for his illustrations through the peer and physician judged salons of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI). He is also the recipient of an Emmy nomination for a medical animation and he won the Literary Award from the AMI for an article he wrote in the Journal of Biocommunications, titled: A Neglected Geometry for Finding Perspective. The article describes a heretofore unpublished form of geometry which divides space in 2-D and 3-D without the need for measurement. Clingman named this method Villatoro's Angles.

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