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

Published Manuscripts
  1. Enix DE, Sudkamp K, Scali F, Keating R, Welk A. Management of acute patellar dislocations: an international case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2015.
  2. Scali F, Pontell ME, Nash LG, Enix DE. Investigation of meningomyovertebral structures within the upper cervical epidural space: a sheet plastination study with clinical implications. The Spine Journal, 2015.
  3. Mattox R, Welk A, Battaglia P, Scali F, Nunez B, Kettner N. Sonographic diagnosis of an acute Stener lesion: a case report. Journal of Ultrasound, 2015
  4. Scali F, Nash LG, Pontell ME. Defining the Morphology and Distribution of the Alar Fascia: A Sheet Plastination Investigation. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 2015.
  5. Enix DE, Scali F, Pontell ME. The cervical myodural bridge, a review of literature and clinical implications. J Can Chiropr Assoc, 2014.
  6. Pontell ME, Scali F, Enix DE, Battaglia PJ, Marshall E. Histological evaluation of the human obliquus capitis inferior myodrual bridge. Annals of Anatomy 2013.
  7. Scali F, Pontell M, Marshall E, Enix DE. Histological analysis of the rectus capitis posterior major's myodural bridge. The Spine Journal, 2013.
  8. Battaglia PJ, Scali F, Enix DE. Pelvic entrapment neuropathies in the disc patient that is refractory to care. Spineline, 2012
  9. Battaglia PJ, Scali F, Enix DE. Co-presentation of unilateral femoral and bilateral sciatic nerve variants in one cadaver: A case report with clinical implications. Chiropr. Man. Ther., 2012
  10. Daniels C, Scali F. Clinical Brief: Recognition and Treatment of the Elusive Sports Hernia. TIHC, 2012
  11. Scali F, Pontell ME., Welk AB., Malmstrom TK., Marshall E, Kettner N. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Investigation of the Atlanto-axial Interspace. Clinical Anatomy, 2012. 
  12. Gleidt J, Scali F. Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome. TIHC, 2012.
  13. Pontell ME., Scali F, Marshall E, Enix D. The myodural bridge of the obliquus capitis inferior. Clinical Anatomy 2012.
  14. Scali F, Marsili ES, Pontell ME. Anatomical Connection Between the Rectus Capitis Posterior Major and the Dura Mater. Spine, 2011.
  15. Pontell M, Scali F, Marshall E. A unique variation in the course of the musculocutaneous nerve. Clinical Anatomy, 2011. 
  16. Kaeser MA, Scali F, Lanzisera FP, Bub GA, Kettner NW. Tumefactive multiple sclerosis: an uncommon diagnostic challenge. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2011.
  17. Cho JC, Haun DW, Kettner NW, Scali F. Sonography of the normal greater occipital nerve and obliquus capitis inferior muscle. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 2010.
  18. Scali F, Nash LG. The origin and morphological presentation of the radial recurrent artery in cadaveric specimens with superficial brachioradial artery variations. (Manuscript in Preparation)
  19. Enix DE, Scali F, Smith D. Histological Variation of the Iliolumbar Ligament. (Manuscript in Preparation)
 Textbooks
 
Published Illustrations
  1. Scali F. Management of acute patellar dislocations: an international case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2015: (Fig 1)
  2. Scali F. Sonographic diagnosis of an acute Stener lesion: a case report. Journal of Ultrasound, 2015: (Fig 1)
  3. Scali F. Defining the Morphology and Distribution of the Alar Fascia: A Sheet Plastination Investigation. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 2015: (Figs 1-3)
  4. Scali F.. Sonographic measurement of the normal suprascapular nerve and omohyoid muscle. Manual Therapy, 2014: (Figs 1-4)
  5. Scali F. Histological analysis of the rectus capitis posterior major's myodural bridge. The Spine Journal, 2013: (Fig 1)
  6. Scali F. Pelvic entrapment neuropathies in the disc patient that is refractory to care. Spineline, 2012: (Fig 1A)
  7. Scali F. Co-presentation of unilateral femoral and bilateral sciatic nerve variants in one cadaver: A case report with clinical implications. Chiropr. Man. Ther., 2012: (Fig 2A)
  8. Scali F. Clinical Brief: Recognition and Treatment of the Elusive Sports Hernia. TIHC, 2012: (Fig 1)
  9. Scali F, Quirk D. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Investigation of the Atlanto-axial interspace. Clinical Anatomy, 2012: (Fig. 1)
  10. Scali F. Clinical Brief: Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome. TIHC, 2012: (Fig. 1)
  11. Scali F. A unique variation in the course of the musculocutaneous nerve. Clinical Anatomy, 2011: (Fig. 1) 
  12. Enix DE, Giggey K, Rapheal A. The Effects of Manipulation and Concentric Motion of the Ilium around the Sacrum. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2009: (Fig. 1)
Patents
  • Device for Manipulating Hand; United States Patent Application 61/452687, Filing Date: March 15, 2011.