Travis McCumber, PhD

Associate Professor


Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
986395 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6395


PhD, Biomedical Science, Creighton University School of Medicine, 2016
MS, Clinical Human Anatomy, Creighton University School of Medicine, 2010

Academic Appointments:
Director, GCBA Masters in Medical Anatomy Program
Director, COM Fundamentals Block
Director, MPAS Gross Anatomy
Director, Nebraska Anatomical Board
Director, UNMC Gross Anatomy Laboratories

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

Professional Organizations:
American Association (of Anatomists) for Anatomy (AAA)
American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA)
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

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.

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.

Publications listed in PubMed