Travis McCumber, PhD

Assistant Professor

   

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

402-559-7833
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Education:
PhD, Biomedical Science, Creighton University School of Medicine, 2016
MS, Clinical Human Anatomy, Creighton University School of Medicine, 2010

Academic Appointments:
Director, Gross Anatomy Laboratory
Director, Advanced Anatomy Laboratory for Research, Education and Clinical Skills
Director, Nebraska Anatomical Board
Advisor, Masters in Medical Anatomy

Honors & Awards:
Association of American Medical Colleges LEAD Fellowship, 2020
College of Medicine Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award, UNMC, 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)

Teaching:
Dr. McCumber’s teaching interests are in gross human anatomy and histology with a specific interest in dynamic small group and laboratory activity in relation to student learning and retention. Dr. McCumber participates in all phase 1 blocks of the medical TPT curriculum, as well as the Structure and Development of the Human Body course for physician assistant, physical therapy, and graduate students. Additionally, Dr. McCumber is the Director of UNMC Gross and Advanced Anatomy Laboratories and the Nebraska State Anatomical Board.

Research:
Dr. McCumber’s research interests are related to mechanical regulation of bone tissue with specific interest in bone and immune system interactions. Mechanical loading of bone is necessary for maintaining bone structure and strength; however, repetitive loading can lead to fatigue induced microdamage. Tissue damage and the accumulation of microcracks within mineralized bone matrix results in increased bone fragility. Targeted bone remodeling is the localized remodeling and repair of bone tissue microdamage via the coupled interaction of intra-cortical osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The mechanism initiating intra-cortical osteoclasts for the targeted removal of microdamage has yet to be fully described. Ongoing studies are focused on bone and immune cell signaling interactions in relation to targeted bone remodeling and repair of fatigue induced micromanage.  

Journal Articles:
  1. Mayer C., Barner K., Lorimer S., Tran Q., Baer J., Keim Janssen S., McCumber T., Wright B. Side Variations of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Coronal Angles: Implications for ACL Reconstruction. Clinical Anatomy, 2019 Oct.
  2. McCumber T.*, Cassidy K., Latacha K., Simet S., Vilburn M., Vogt C., Urban N., Urban J. Accuracy of Ultrasound-Guided Localization of the Peripatellar Plexus for Knee Pain Management. The Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 2019 Apr.
  3. Oakley C., Keim-Janssen S., Pankratz, J., McCumber T., Treffer K., Olinger A. Anatomy Of The Thoracic Spine To Elucidate The Validity Of The Thoracic Rule of Threes and Define Anatomical Relationships in the Thoracic Spine. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 2018 Oct.
Audiovisual Materials:
  1. McCumber T.*, Deegan P. Fluid Shear Stress Streamer, Model ID 3DPX-012918. NIH 3DPrint Exchange, 2020 Feb. 
Abstracts:
  1. Gramer D; McCumber T; Joshi S; Simet Chadwick SM; Vilburn MJ; Snow EL. Gross and Histological Analysis of Metastatic Uterine Leiomyosarcoma Involving the Liver. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) 2020 National Meeting; New York, NY. Clinical Anatomy. 2020 Sep (Accepted)
  2. Snow EL; McCumber T; Simet Chadwick SM; Richards AT. Gross and Histological Examination of Tracheoesophageal Constriction from a Circumflex Aortix Arch. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) 2020 National Meeting; New York, NY. Clinical Anatomy. 2020 Sep (Accepted)
  3. Snow EL; McCumber T; Cassidy K; Latacha M. Co-Presentation of a Circumflex Retroesophageal Right Aortic Arch and Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava in a Human Cadaver. Experimental Biology 2020; San Diego, CA. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 2020 Apr (Accepted)
  4. McCumber T*; Snow EL; Simet Chadwick SM; Vilburn MJ; Cassidy K. Effects of Reciprocal Peer Teaching on Student Learning Outcomes in a Multi-Campus Physical Therapy Gross Human Anatomy Curriculum. Experimental Biology 2020; San Diego, CA. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 2020 Apr (Accepted)
  5. McCumber T*; de Oliveira EI; Wilson DN; Deegan PT. Development of a Fluid Shear Stress Streamer for Live Cell Video Microscopy. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2019 National Meeting; Orlando, FL. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). 2019 Dec, Vol. 34
  6. McCumber TL*; Cassidy K; Latacha KS; Simet Chadwick SM; Vilburn MJ; Vogt C; Urban N; Urban JA. Accuracy of Ultrasound Guided Localization of the Peripatellar Plexus for Knee Pain Management. Experimental Biology 2019; Orlando, FL. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 2019 Apr, Vol. 33
  7. Whitaker A; Wright B; Thiagarajan G; Daggett M; McCumber T. Morphological and Biomechanical Variations in the Anterior Talofibular Ligament. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) 2017 National Meeting; Minneapolis, MN. Clinical Anatomy. 2017 Sep, Vol. 30
  8. Oakley C; Keim Janssen SA; Pankratz J; Treffer K; McCumber T; Olinger AB. Anatomy of the Thoracic Spine to Elucidate the Validity of the Thoracic Rule of Threes and Define the Anatomical Relationship between the Spinous Processes and Transverse Processes in the Thoracic Spine. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) 2017 National Meeting; Minneapolis, MN. Clinical Anatomy. 2017 Sep, Vol. 30
  9. McCumber T; Drescher K; Cullen D. Mechanically-Induced Osteocyte-Th17 Cell Signaling and Subsequent Osteoclast Formation. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2016 National Meeting; Atlanta, GA. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). 2017 Feb, Vol. 31
  10. Turturro M; McCumber T; Billheimer J; Cullen D. Th17 Involved in Inflammatory Response Following Mechanical Loading In Vivo. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2016 National Meeting; Atlanta, GA. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). 2017 Feb, Vol. 31
  11. McCumber T; Drescher K; Cullen D. Mechanically-Induced Osteocyte-Th17 Cell Signaling and Osteoclastogenesis. Experimental Biology 2016; San Diego, CA. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 2016 Apr, Vol. 30
  12. McCumber T; Drescher K; Cullen D. A Novel Mechanically-Induced Osteocyte/Th17 Cell Signaling Mechanism. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2015 National Meeting; Seattle, WA. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). 2015 Dec, Vol. 30
  13. McCumber T; Hackfort B; Akhter M; Cullen D. In Vivo Fatigue Damage in Bone Linked to Cytokine Expression. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2014 National Meeting; Houston, TX. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). 2015 Feb, Vol. 29