Kimberly Latacha, Ph.D.


Interim Vice Chair for Medical Education
Phone: 402-559-8341 
Fax: 402-559-3400 

Education: University of Nebraska Medical Center (PhD), 2002 
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO (post-doc), 2004

Dr. Latacha’s primary responsibility in the department is to teach gross anatomy. She serves as a Co-Director for the Musculoskeletal and Integument Block for the College of Medicine and is the Component Leader for longitudinal integration of Gross Anatomy throughout all four years of medical school. She is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award from UNMC (2017), the UNMC Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2017), the UNMC Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award (2015), and the Distinguished Service Teaching Award from Washington University School of Medicine (2009).

Dr. Latacha’s biomedical research efforts have focused on early vascular patterning in the chick embryo and the biomechanical forces involved in cardiac looping. Her current research focus is the design and implementation of new teaching methods in medical education.

Recent Publications: 
Ramasubramanian A, Latacha KS, Benjamin JM, Voronov DA, Ravi A, Taber LA. (2006) Computational model for early cardiac looping. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 34(8): 1655-69.

Latacha KS & Rosenquist TH. (2005) Homocysteine inhibits extra-embryonic vascular development in the chick embryo. Developmental Dynamics 234(2): 323-31.

Latacha KS, Remond MC, Ramasubramanian A, Chen AY, Elson EL, Taber LA. (2005) Role of actin polymerization in bending of the early heart tube. Developmental Dynamics 233(4): 1272-86.