Five millimeters below the surface of the cadaver’s cold skin, a number 12 surgical steel blade incises smoothly. Reflection of the dermis reveals subcutaneous fat, sunflower yellow and overwhelmingly abundant. As the dissector’s eyes strategically scan the internal elements, a thread-like structure is found embedded within the curd-like tissue. Frequently damaged by rookie gross anatomy students, the lateral sural cutaneous nerve is identified and isolated. A meticulous hand, acute visual sense, and great deal of experience are necessary for an anatomical prosector to excel at this rare form of art.

While obtaining my first doctorate, I filled the role of senior prosector in the anatomy lab, a task typically reserved for elite anatomists, which created a powerful self-realization and redirected my life’s objective.  My purpose gradually presented itself while investing copious amounts of hours into thinking, studying, and working with cadavers. An innate artistic ability not only allows me to captivate detail, but to also refine the hand motor skills necessary to execute meticulous dissections of human specimens.  

I aspire to produce work that will outlive me and live by the statement of Ben Franklin, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing". Trained in science, I objectify uncertainty from a logical perspective. My artistic side allows me to reveal answers to scientific questions from an imaginative angle. With these character traits, I am able to weave within the web of the scientific literature. 

By fearing what we are inside, there is little hope in accepting anything beyond ourselves. While I am receptive to the esthetic beauty that is available to everyone, I also attempt to reveal a greater beauty by understanding the wondrous design beneath the skin of the noble men and women who have donated their bodies to science.

-Dr. Frank Scali has dissected human specimens over the course of his graduate studies for prosection demonstration, research purposes, Gray's Anatomy, and other scientific publications. 

  

Curriculum Vitae

Clinical and Research Interests
The anatomical and neurophysiological relationship between the muscles the suboccipital triangle and higher centers of the central nervous system. 
 
Published Manuscripts
 Textbooks
 
Published Illustrations
Patents
  • Device for Manipulating Hand; United States Patent Application 61/452687, Filing Date: March 15, 2011. 
Abstracts
  • Enix DE, Smith D, Scali F, Marsili E. Sacroiliac Joint Attachments of the Sacroiliac Ligaments. Proceedings of the 27th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, 2010.
  • Cho JC, Haun DW, Kettner NW, Scali F. Normative Evaluation of the Cross-Sectional Area of the Greater Occipital Nerve and the Obliquus Capitis Inferior Muscle Using Ultrasonography. 2010 annual ACC-RAC Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • Enix DE, Scali F., Smith D. Variability in the morphology of the articular surface of the Sacroiliac Joint. The Journal of Chiropractic Education, 2010 24(1):91. 
Presentations
  • Scali F, Pontell ME, Enix DE. Proprioceptive neurons in the cervical myodural bridge: A feedback mechanism of dural tension monitoring. 2013 12th WFC Congress, Durban South Africa. 
  • Enix DE, Smith D, Scali F, Marsili E. Variations in the sacroiliac joint auricular surface and supporting ligaments in human cadavers. 2010 27th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles CA.
  • Enix DE, Scali F, Smith D. Variability in the morphology of the articular surface of the Sacroiliac Joint. 2010 annual ACC-RAC Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Cho JC, Haun DW, Kettner NW, Scali F. Normative Evaluation of the Cross-Sectional Area of the Greater Occipital Nerve and the Obliquus Capitis Inferior Muscle Using Ultrasonography. 2010 annual ACC-RAC Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 
Community Activities
  • 2006 - Present        Bodies the Exhibition at South Street Seaport, NY;
  • 2008 – 2009            Body Worlds at St. Louis Science Center, MO;
  • 2007 – 2009            Logan University, Chesterfield, MO; Cadaver Lab Tour Guide for Health Professionals