Noel Boaz

Professor of Anatomy School of Health Sciences

Noel Boaz is Professor of Anatomy and Director of the Anatomy Laboratory at Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences. He is known as a biological anthropologist, author, educator, physician, and founder of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, where he is a Senior Fellow. In addition he is founder of the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine and the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research. He is an elected member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists Committee on Anatomical Terminology. 

He served as lecturer in anthropology at UCLA in 1977–78, and assistant professor of anthropology and anatomy at NYU in 1978–83. At Ross University he served as professor of anatomy and director of research development for the School of Medicine.

His field work includes director of the Semliki Research Expedition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Western Rift Research Expedition in Uganda. Sections of the book Camping With the Prince by Thomas Bass, describe much of the experience.

Boaz also served as director of the International Sahabi Research Project in Libya, and director of the East Libya Neogene Research Project, an international group of scientists that has searched for fossils in north-central Libya since 1979.

He was a professor of anatomy and the head of medical education at the Libyan International Medical University in Benghazi. He was in Benghazi, but escaped amidst the 2011 Libyan Civil War. He also served as a forensic anthropologist for Physicians for Human Rights investigating alleged ethnic cleansing during the 1991–1995 Bosnian War. In 2002, he completed his work on the Paleoanthropology of Zhoukoudian and Dragon Bone Hill, China.

Current research projects include new approaches to anatomical teaching and continuing medical education using soft-embalming, the clinical anatomy of the umbilical vein and the prevention of stillbirth, the relationship of bone thickness and density in withstanding cranial blunt trauma, and ongoing analysis of paleobiology of the African Neogene Period. He is currently developing a new health science curriculum built around Evolutionary Medicine. 


  • Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands
    M.D., 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Ph.D., 1977
    M.A., 1974 
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    B.A., 1973
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