Gary L. Kolesari, MD, PhD


Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
and Department of Family & Community Medicine
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

(414) 955-8472 | (414) 955-6517 (fax) |

PhD, Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1975
MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1977

Graduate Programs
Program in Cell and Developmental Biology

Teaching Area

Mechanisms of action responsible for cardiovascular birth defects

For a number of years our lab has been interested in cardiovascular birth defects. The chick embryo is used as our model. We have studied various pharmacologic agents. More recently we are investigating the effects certain growth factors (namely FGF-2) or the development of the chick cardiovascular system.

I have been involved in teaching in the first year Clinical Human Anatomy course for 38 years. As a family physician, I continue to volunteer at the Saturday MCW Medical Student Free Clinic for the underinsured.

Selected Publications

Fitzpatrick CM, GL Kolesari, GL Kolesari and KJ Brasel: Surgical origins: New teaching modalities integrating clinical and basic science years - a role for residents as active teachers. Surgery 133:353-355, 2003.

Fitzpatrick CM, GL Kolesari, GL Kolesari and KJ Brasel: Teaching anatomy with surgeons' tools: use of the laparoscope in clinical anatomy. Clinical Anatomy 14:349-353, 2001.