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Faculty & Staff Profile
Stella Maris 408
207-283-0171 (w)

Frank H. Willard, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy


Pain mechanisms; spine pain; cervical and lumbosacral spine anatomy; problem-oriented learning in the medical school curriculum.


Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Vermont, College of Medicine, 1981

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

The neuovascular anatomy of the cervical and lumbosacral spine; developing problem-oriented learn paradigms for training medical students

Current Research or Scholarship

The use of tranforaminal injections to address chronic pain syndromes has resulted in numerous catastrophic accidents involving iatrogenic paralysis and death following inadvertent injection of the spinal cord blood supply.  We have been investigating the size and distribution of spinal medullary arteries to help physicians better protect against injuring their patients.

Selected Publications

Dreyfuss,P., Snyder,B.D., Park., Willard, F., Carreiro, J., & Bogduck, N., The ability of single site, single depth sacral lateral branch blocks to anesthetize the sacroiliac joint complex. Pain Medicine 9(7):844-850, 2008

Yin W, Willard F, Dixon T, Bogduk N., entral Innervation of the Lateral C1-C2 Joint: An Anatomical Study, Pain Medicine Aug 18 (Epub. ahead of print) 2008 Willard, F.H., (2007) Basic Pain Mechanisms. In: Audette, J.F., Textbook of Integrative Medicine, Humana Press (2008)  

Willard, F.H., The muscular and ligamentous structure of the low back and its relationship to back pain, In: A. Vleeming,V. Mooney, C. Snijders, and R. Stoeckart, (eds) Movement, Stability & Low Back Pain, Churchill Livingston,Edinburgh, (2007).

Student Opportunities: Yes