Nicholas Reback – principal

I am a medical and biological illustrator, animator and designer seeking to improve the understanding of medical and biological science for a wide range of audiences. I have a decade of experience in product design and development, a majority of which I spent designing medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices (see full client list under Experience below). Medical art combines my passion for visual communication with my interest in science and teaching and allows me to give something positive back to society.


Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (2018 – present)
Certificate candidate in advanced biology (immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, biomechanics)

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2015 – 2017)
Master of Arts in medical and biological illustration

University of Wisconsin, Madison (2013 – 2014)
Non-degree student in pre-medical and biological illustration

Cleveland Institute of Art (1998 – 2002)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design


2017-present | JAMA Network – Medical Illustrator – Chicago, IL
Work with authors and manuscript editors to supplement journal submissions with attention grabbing original illustrations. Experience in a wide variety of contemporary topics in medical science research and healthcare

2005-2013 | Design Concepts Incorporated – Senior Industrial Designer – Madison, WI
Experience in ethnographic research, concept illustration/development, rapid prototyping and CAD documentation for medical, industrial, commercial and consumer products. Clients included the following companies….


Graphite, prismacolor pencil, carbon dust, watercolor, pen & ink, digital photography

Design strategy, ethnographic research, creative direction, concept development, page layout, graphic design, 3D printing and prototyping

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Cinema 4D, Embedded Python Molecular Viewer (ePMV), MacPyMOL, ZBrush, Osirix/Horos, ZBrush, WordPress


Association of Medical Illustrators (2017)
– Award of Merit – Surgical: Surgical Removal of a Carotid Body Tumor

Vesalius Trust (2017)
– Research Grant – A Three Dimensional Model to Describe the Masticatory Apparatus of the Phalangeroid Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula


Association of Medical Illustrators (2016)
– Award of Merit – Instructional Biological/Molecular and Life Sciences: Anatomical Adaptations for Swimming of the Maryland Blue Crab (Callinectus sapidus)

– Award of Merit – Instructional Anatomical/Pathological:
Innervation of the Quadrangular and Triangular Space of the Shoulder

Johns Hopkins Hospital (2015-2017)
School of Medicine Tuition Grant


Johns Hopkins Hospital (04.2017)
A Three Dimensional Model to Describe the Masticatory Apparatus of the Phalangeroid Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

Johns Hopkins Hospital (12.2016)
Surgical Removal of a Carotid Body Tumor; Laparoscopic Dissection of Calot’s Triangle for Cholecystecomy


Monona Terrace Convention Center (10.2008)
Pecha Kucha/10-20-20: Sketchbook Documentation

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (2008, 2009)
Guest Lecturer – Perspective Drawing for Product Design

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