Biomedical Illustration

SBarrows Scott Thorn Barrows, MA, CMI, FAMI

Scott Barrows has a reputation as an award winning leader in biomedical imaging and visualization. Combining the newest digital techniques in 3D, an artist’s eye, extensive experience in biomedical sciences, and some of the most advanced imaging systems in the world, he is creating new, innovative ways to learn and visualize the human body.

Barrows has illustrated best selling books, hundreds of journals, over 55 surgical atlases, museum murals, animated videos, and contributed to a Hollywood motion picture (even designed a few uniforms for the Chicago White Sox). Barrows has been a guest on ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Morning Show, and dozens of other television productions.

Other awards include 1988 Outstanding Alumni (UIC) and the Smithsonian-Computerworld Award for Innovative Technology. His work has been presented at Nobel conferences and included in the archives of the National Library of Medicine. Barrows’ artwork and books have won numerous professional awards and honors.

In addition to his award winning work, Scott Barrows is the Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.
This prestigious graduate program is the second oldest in the western hemisphere, and the largest of the four accredited schools of medical illustration in the United States. It is home to the famous Virtual Reality in Medicine Laboratory, and an unequalled medical animation curriculum.

Barrows has also served as the medical art director for a major pharmaceutical ad agency, was an assistant professor of biomedical communication at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and has served on the board of directors for two educational foundations (serving as Chairman of the Board to one foundation). He is a member of the AMI Council on Education and was honored as a Fellow in the organization’s first class of designees. Barrows also works with eHuman of Palo Alto, California as a consultant (, in developing new technologies in medical imaging and visualization.

Please select the links at the top of this webpage to view sample medical illustrations and murals.



About Scott Barrows


Considered one of the world’s best known medical artists, Scott Barrows has blended a career as an artist, educator, and innovator.

A co-creator of Age-Progressed Imagery (used to find 23 missing children), Barrows has received accolades and honors from numerous groups, including two United States presidents.

Barrows’ work is featured in galleries, collections, and museums worldwide, including the National Library of Medicine.

Inspired as a child by former Disney Imagineer, muralist, and medical artist Frank Armitage (creator of Academy Award winning set design for the motion picture Fantastic Voyage and illustrator for Life Magazine ), and mentored by legendary medical illustrator, Dr. Frank Netter, Scott Barrows has a unique style and color palette

Scott Barrows is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, a Fellow of the Association of Illustrators, and is the Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

An Honors graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, he also attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University, and earned an advanced degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.