Joan Kozel is an award-winning medical illustrator and animator with twenty-five years professional experience in major health and research institutions.

She has produced projects for publishers, production houses, biotechnology and instrument companies, marketing and law firms.

Knowledge of complex medical concepts and collaboration with physicians and researchers enable her to understand the context and clinical relevance of projects for healthcare audiences and patient education.

Subjects depicted include Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Anatomy, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Rehab Medicine, Pathology, and Oncology.

3-D animations range from surgical training techniques to schematics for drug mechanisms of action. Illustrated medical illustration projects include medical textbooks, book chapters, journal articles, slide-presentations and exhibits. General information graphics can be provided for publications and legal cases.

Please see portfolio and featured work for samples of 3-D modeling, animation, line art and color airbrush rendering.


Joan Kozel illustrated the following for which her client and project received professional recognition:

Cover illustration for Journal of Neurosurgery of acoustic tumor with transducer, May 2002

Richard C. Webster Outstanding Fellow Paper: “The Depressor Supercilii Muscle: Anatomy, Histology, and Cosmetic Implications.” The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, 2000.

Most outstanding paper “The Anatomy of Midfacial Ptosis” American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, CO-AUTHOR, 1998

Cover illustration for Graft magazine, of a transplant immunology sequence, 1998

First Place, Resident’s Paper, “Multipositional High-resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Human Orbit’s Functional Anatomy” European Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, CO-AUTHOR, 1995

Most Outstanding Paper “Relations of the Musculoaponeurotic System to the Orbit and Characterization of the Orbitomalar Ligament” American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, CO-AUTHOR, 1992

Magna Cum Laude Citation, exhibit, “MR of Peripheral Cranial Nerves: Normal Anatomy-Pathology,” American Society of Neuroradiology national convention, 1989

Cover illustration, Cardiopulmonary magazine, demonstrating a patent ductus arteriosus, 1987

Cum Laude Citation, “Efficacy of GAX as an Embolic Material” scientific exhibit, American Society of Neuroradiology national convention, CO-AUTHOR, 1986

First Place, Excellence of Scientific Preparation; first place Excellence of Scientific Content, exhibit “Collagen Augmentation of the Vocal Fold” American Speech and Hearing Association National Convention, 1984

President’s Award, Most Outstanding Paper “High Resolution Computed Tomographic Analysis of Facial Struts in Trauma” American Roentgen Ray Society, 1982

Resident’s Award, paper “The Microscopic Anatomy of Lower Eyelid Retractors”, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1982

Gold Metal, exhibit “Digital Subtraction Angiography,” American Roentgen Ray Society national convention, 1981

Honorable Mention, exhibit “Congenital Deformity of the Patella: A Radiological Survey”, American Society of Radiology National Convention, 1981

Citation for Excellence, scientific exhibit, “Current Perspectives in Corneal Disease” American Academy of Ophthalmic Surgeons national convention, 1981