Christopher M. Smith, MA, CMI

A Maryland native, Chris always had a passion for scientific exploration and artistic expression. After graduating from Salisbury University with a degree in Exercise Science, he spent the following year studying at the Schuler School of Fine Art Atelier in Baltimore, MD. There he learned the artistic techniques of the old masters, studying oil painting, sculpture and drawing. Christopher is a graduate of the Art as Applied to Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received many awards for both his medical and biological illustrations from the Association of Medical Illustrators, and medical publishers such as Elsevier. Chris is also a published author of both peer-reviewed research papers and scientific textbooks on the evolutionary developmental biology of human musculoskeletal morphology.

Currently, Christopher is a Ph.D. student in Physical Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and in the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology in New York City. While Chris’s scientific interests lie in all fields of biology and medicine, his deepest passions reside in paleoanthropology, evolutionary and developmental biology, comparative morphology, and craniofacial malformations. To see Christopher’s current book publications please visit his author pages at CRC Press and Amazon.



From traditional to digital illustration, CSmithStudios specializes in highly accurate and visually stunning 2D medical and scientific media. CSmith Studios strives to combine the old and the new using both traditional media (Carbon dust, Pen and Ink, Graphite, Watercolor, and Oils) and digital software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, OSIRIX, Pymol, and ZBrush).

3D modeling

3D spatial knowledge has always formed the backbone of anatomical education in medical curricula and CSmith Studios strives to enhance this type of learning by creating highly detailed anatomical and embryological models for educational use.

Web Design

Web design and interactive programs are a vital part of the outreach needed to educate students and the public about science and medicine. CSmith Studios keeps user experience at the forefront when crafting design work and interactive media. Design should enhance storytelling and communicate ideas in a clear, powerful and effective manner.


Storytelling through 2D and 3D animation can be much more effective than a still illustration. CSmith Studios is dedicated to creating the highest quality and most effective animations for use in a wide range of formats and tailored to whichever type of audience the client is addressing.

Select Awards

-1st Place, Giliola Gamberini Award

-Journal of Anatomy Best Paper Prize Runner-Up, 2016, The Anatomical Society

-Award of Merit, 2016, Annual Association of Medical Illustrators Salon

-Runner-Up, 2015, Gray’s Anatomy Art Contest, Elsevier

-Award of Excellence, 2014, Annual Association of Medical Illustrators Salon

-Award of Merit, 2014, Annual Association of Medical Illustrators Salon

-Inez Demonet Award, 2014, Vesalius Trust, for the highest academic achievement and most promise for contributions to the field of medical illustration (1 awarded in US/Canada)

-Vesalian Scholar, 2014, Vesalius Trust, scholarship grant for thesis research (4 awarded in US/Canada)

-Award of Excellence, 2013, Annual Association of Medical Illustrators Salon

-Award of Merit, 2013, Annual Association of Medical Illustrators Salon

-William P. Didusch Scholarship, 2012, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

-W.B. Saunders Scholarship, 2012, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

-Honorable Mention, 2013, Schuler School of Fine Arts 4th Annual Fur to Feathers Juried Exhibition

-First Place, 2012, Schuler School of Fine Arts 3rd Annual Fur to Feathers Juried Exhibition

Select Publications


Loganathan, R., B.J. Rongish, C. M. Smith, A. Czirok, B. Benazeraf, C.D. Little. Emergent tissue-scale motion patterns and extracellular matrix dynamics characterize amniote morphogenesis. Development. Submitted

Diogo R., Esteve-Altava, B., C.M. Smith, J.C. Boughner & D. Rasskin-Gutman. (2015). Anatomical Network Comparison of Human Upper and Lower, Newborn and Adult, and Normal and Abnormal Limbs, with Notes on Development, Pathology and Limb Serial Homology vs. Homoplasy. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.014003

Diogo R., C.M. Smith, & J.M. Ziermann. (2015). Evolutionary Developmental Pathology and Anthropology: a new field linking development, comparative anatomy, human evolution, morphological variations and defects, and medicine. Developmental Dynamics. DOI: 10.1002/DVDY.24336

Esteve-Altava, B., R. Diogo, C.M. Smith, J.C. Boughner & D. Rasskin-Gutman (2015). What’s in your head: anatomical networks link human musculoskeletal modularity, facial expression, and disease. Scientific Reports (Nature Group). 5(8298): doi:10.1038/srep08298.

Diogo R., S. Walsh, C.M. Smith, J.M. Ziermann & V. Abdala. (2015) Resolution of a long-standing question: limb muscle identity and attachments are mainly related to topological position and not to anlage or homeotic identity of digits. Journal of Anatomy. doi: 10.1111/joa.12301.


Diogo, R., D. Noden, C.M. Smith, J.L. Molnar, M. Shaw, J. Boughner & M.A. Aziz. Learning and understanding human anatomy and pathology: an evolutionary and developmental guide for medical students. Taylor & Francis (Oxford, UK). In press.

Smith C.M., J.L. Molnar, J.M. Ziermann, M.C. Gondre-Lewis, C. Sandone, E.T. Bersu, A.M. Aziz, & R. Diogo (2015). Muscular and skeletal anomalies in human trisomy in an evo-devo context: description of a T18 cyclopic newborn and comparison between Edwards (T18), Patau (T13) and Down (T21) syndromes using 3-D imaging and anatomical illustrations. Taylor and Francis (Oxford, UK).

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