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Dennis Cullinane

Director, Science Instruction & Premedical Program. Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Portrait of Dennis Cullinane

Prior Education:

PhD, Cornell University
Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Courses & Program Areas

BIOS 207 Forensic Pathology

Premedical Program

What do you enjoy the most in your role as director of the Premedical Program?

I love facilitating the careers of our students. Each application/career is like a puzzle to solve. Some are more complex than others, but there is always an answer.

What are your areas of expertise?

I am trained as an anatomist and orthopaedic biomechanist with a specialty in trauma mechanics and repair, including fractures and bruising.

What drew you to the medical field?

I have always been fascinated by the skeleton and its dramatic ability to grow and repair itself.

What advice would you give to future premed students?

Every decision you make is an easy one if you do so through the lens of becoming the best physician possible.


Dennis Cullinane serves as director of the Premedical Program and science instruction at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education. He is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Dullinane completed his PhD in the anatomy department at Cornell University and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

He has served as an assistant professor in orthopaedic surgery at the Boston Medical Center. And he has taught at every level — from secondary school through medical residents.