Nicholas Reback

medical and biological illustrator
reback biomedical media (Principal, sole proprietor)
Journal of the American Medical Association (Staff medical illustrator)

Medical and biological illustration combines my passion for visual communication with my interest in science and teaching and allows me to give something positive back to society. My goal as an illustrator is to clarify the inherent complexity of medical and biological science using principles of design and storytelling. My work combines scientific accuracy with methodical organization and exceptional craftsmanship to ensure the audience not only understands the science, but feels a sense of enjoyment during the process of learning.

In addition to my role as an illustrator, I leverage my experience as an industrial designer working in large multidisciplinary teams to help comfortably guide each client through the process of designing visual content. I strive to ensure that each illustration meets my clients specific stylistic needs while being sensitive to the audiences educational experience.



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┬á(1998 – 2002)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design


2017-present | JAMA Network
Medical Illustrator┬á–┬áChicago, IL
Work directly with authors, manuscript editors, and senior editorial staff to produce illustrated figures for articles on patient education, reviews, original investigations, and editorial subjects.

2005-2013 | Delve, Inc (formerly Design Concepts, Inc)
Sr. Industrial Designer┬á–┬áMadison, WI
Experience in ethnographic research, concept illustration/development, rapid prototyping and CAD documentation for medical, industrial, commercial and consumer products. 

industry awards

Association of Medical Illustrators – annual salon 2021
Award of Excellence – Instructional anatomical/pathological:┬áDiagnosis and treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis – A review

Association of Medical Illustrators – annual salon 2020
Award of Merit – Instructional anatomical/pathological:┬áDiagnosis
and management of obstructive sleep apnea – A review

Association of Medical Illustrators – annual salon 2019
Award of Merit – Instructional anatomical/pathological: Will this patient be difficult to intubate? A JAMA rational clinical examination

Association of Medical Illustrators – annual salon 2017
Award of Merit – Surgical:┬áSurgical removal of a carotid body tumor

Vesalius Trust – 2017
Research Grant –┬áA three dimensional model to describe the masticatory apparatus of the phalangeroid possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

Association of Medical Illustrators – annual salon 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


University of Illinois at Chicago (04.16.2021)
Chicago, IL
Illustration workflow, tips, and tricks for photoshop rendering and editorial cover design.

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (02.15.2021)
Providence, RI
Virtual medical illustrator round-table discussion with M1 M2 students.

The High Noon Saloon (08.28.2019)
Madison, WI
Presented a casual, gag-filled version of my Master’s Thesis project to an inebriated audience.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (04.15.2017)
Baltimore, MD
A three dimensional model to describe the masticatory apparatus of the phalangeroid possum, Trichosurus vulpecula.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (12.15.2016)
Baltimore, MD
Surgical removal of a carotid body tumor; Laparoscopic dissection of Calot’s triangle for cholecystectomy.

Giving back

My journey to become a medical and biological illustrator would not have been possible without the generosity and support of many individuals along the way. Reback Biomedical Media is proud to be a sustaining contributor to the following charitable organizations:




Reback Biomedical Media is a sole proprietorship located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, just one mile north of historic Wrigley Field and a short walk from Lake Michigan.


Reback Biomedical Media is an award winning biological and medical science multimedia studio offering services in illustration, 3D modeling, and graphic design.

We are dedicated to creating work that is scientifically accurate, intuitive to understand, and beautifully crafted. We strive to improve the connection between our clients and their audience.


Board certification objectively measures competency in knowledge of biomedical science, illustration techniques, ethics, and business practices.


This site and all its content is ┬ę Reback Biomedical Media, 2015-2021, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

error: This work is copyright protected. Contact Reback Biomedical Media for more information.