University of Nebraska Medical Center

Travis McCumber, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
Co-Director, Masters in Medical Anatomy Program


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Dr. McCumber’s teaching interests are in gross human anatomy and histology with a specific interest in dynamic small group and laboratory activities in relation to student learning and retention. Dr. McCumber participates in all Phase 1 Blocks of the medical student (COM) curriculum, as well as the Structure and Development of the Human Body course for physician assistant (MPAS) and graduate students.

  • PhD, Biomedical Science, Creighton University School of Medicine
  • MS, Clinical Human Anatomy, Creighton University School of Medicine

Dr. McCumber’s research interests are in bone biology with specific interest in bone geometry and microstructure. A wide spectrum of diseases and disorders increase the risk of bone damage and fracture. Increased risk is primarily a result of low bone mineral density, bone size and geometry, and/or compromised mechanical tissue properties. Improving understanding of the impact of morbidities on bone structure, will aid the advancement of diagnostics, pharmaceutical treatment, and bone health.

Selected Publications
  1. McCumber TL, Latacha KS, Lomneth CS. The state of anatomical donation programs amidst the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic. Clin Anat2021 Sep;34(6):961-965doi: 10.1002/ca.23760. Epub 2021 Jun 3. PubMed PMID: 34080729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8239557.
  2. Gordon V, Rowe J, Grubb L, Lewis A, Johnson K, Segars L, Surek C, McCumber TL, Willet G, Olinger A. Mapping a Danger Zone of the Dorsal Nerve of the Clitoris: Implications in Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.. 2020 October.
  3. Snow E, McCumber TL, Simet S, Richards A. Gross and Histological Examination of Tracheoesophageal Constriction from a Circumflex Aortix Arch. Gross and Histological Examination of Tracheoesophageal Constriction from a Circumflex Aortix Arch.. American Association of Clinical Anatomists Annual Meeting; 2020; Clinical Anatomy; c2020.
Honors & Awards
  • Crystal Apple Award, UNMC MPAS, 2021
  • Association of American Medical Colleges LEAD Fellowship, AAMC, 2020
  • Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award, UNMC COM, 2018
  • Interprofessional Academy of Educators, UNMC, 2018