• About the department
  • Required Texts and Resources
  • Staff member
  • International Publications
  • Curriculum
  • Honors and Awards
  • Labs and Facilities
  • Contact information

About the department

The Department of Anatomy & Embryology teaches Gross Anatomy of the human body, Neuroanatomy, and Embryology to medical students. Our objective is to facilitate understanding of the basic anatomical structure of the human body and its clinical application to prepare students for the subsequent clinical years of study.

Lectures, dissection classes, and integrated learning assessment (ILA) are included in teaching. During the dissection sessions, the students get an actual opportunity to dissect and observe different regions. ILA and assignment sessions help the students to actively participate in the Teaching/Learning activities. Plastic models and dissection videos help students to develop three-dimensional concepts of the subject.

Required Texts and Resources:


  1. Richard: Grays Anatomy for students. Churchill livingstone, Philadelphia.
  2. Snell, Richard: Clinical Anatomy for Medical Students. Little Brown and Co., Baltimore.
  3. Romanes, G.J.: Cunningham’s Manual of Practical Anatomy, Vol. 1, 2 and 3. Oxford Medical Publications.


Sadler, T.W.: Langman’s, Medical Embryology Willliams and Wilkins Co., Baltimore.

Staff member

Head of  Anatomy & Embryology Department:

Prof. Dr. Maha Diaa Safwat


Prof. Dr. Shawky Mahmoud Tayel

Prof. Dr. Gamila Mohamed Hafez El-Medany

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Saad Ahmed Rashed

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Nour El-Din El-Said Salah

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed El-Sayed Ibrahim

Prof. Dr. Wageh Gamal El-Din Abd El-Ghany Barraney

Prof. Dr. Saad Saad Mahmoud Hassouna

Prof. Dr. Saied Ahmed Mahmoud Zaghloul

Prof. Dr. Nader Mohamed Afifi El-Nemr

Prof. Dr. El-Seyad Soliman El-Seyad Attallah

Prof. Dr. Ramdan Mahmoud Ramadan El-Gharabawy

Prof. Dr. Maha Diaa El-Din Ahmed Safwat

Prof. Dr. Fathya Ahmed Mohamed Abd El-Hamid

Prof. Dr. Wafaa Abd El-Rahman Ahmed Abd El-Rahman

Prof. Dr. Eman Mohamed Ahmed Abd El-Megeed

Prof. Dr. Shirley Hilal Labib El-Maasarany

Retired Professors:

Retired Prof.Dr. Farial Fathy Ibrahim Hassan

Retired Prof.Dr. Fardous Ahmed Khamis El-Sayed El-Kalaa

Retired Prof.Dr. Hoda Yousef Saleeb

Retired Prof.Dr. Fouad Sabry Ali Hekal

Retired Prof.Dr. Ahmed Abd El-Kader Soliman Geneid

Retired Prof.Dr. Salwa Sayed Hussin El-Sabea

Retired Prof.Dr. Aliaa Esmael Mohamed Awwad

Retired Prof.Dr. Ezzat Abd El-Khlia El-Sawwa

Assistant Professors:

Assistant Prof.Dr. Tarek Mohamed Mohamed Eissa

Assistant Prof.Dr. Mohamed Hassan Farag Oweda

Assistant Prof.Dr. Zeinab Mokhtar Mohamed Soliman

Assistant Prof.Dr. Azza Ibrahim Mohamed Zaki

Assistant Prof.Dr. Amany Mahmoud Ali El-Agawany

Assistant Prof.Dr. Abd El-Ghany Hassan Abd El-Ghany Hassan

Assistant Prof.Dr. Eman Elazab Beheiry

Assistant Prof.Dr. Madiha Awwad El-Sayed Mahmoud

Assistant Prof.Dr. Raiad Mahmoud Hamdy Mansour Amer

Assistant Prof.Dr. Nancy Mohamed Aly El-Sekily

Assistant Prof.Dr. Ayman Ahmed Mohamed Khanfour



Dr.Mostafa Kandil Mohamed Soliman

Dr.Grabed Karlo Kighan Krabetian

Dr.Hitham Abd El-Latif Mohamed Mousa

Dr.Alaa Hamed Bassiony Mohamed

Dr.Sahar Abd El-Hafiz Shehata

Dr.Mahmoud Soliman Mousa Esmael

Dr.Nehal Mohamed Nabil Ahmed Mohamed Ali

Dr.Ehab Mostafa Mohamed El-Zawawy

Dr.Abeer Gaber Ahmed Mohamed Abd El-Rahman

Dr.Rasha Mohamed Mohamed Sallam El-Sheneity

Dr.Rasha Rabee Abd El-Hamid Sallam

Dr.Amira Hamed Mohammed Eltrawy

Dr.Dalia Mahmoud Biram

Dr.Miriam Ramzy Riad Fahmy Abdelmalek

Assistant Lecturer:

Assistant Lecturer Dr. Nesrin Mostafa Hussin El-Hommosany

Assistant Lecturer Dr. Melad Naeem Bashry Eskander

Assistant Lecturer Dr. El-Sayed Ali Mohamed Motwally

Assistant Lecturer Dr. Meriam Ramzy Reyad Fahmy Abd El-Mallik


Dr.Mohamed Gamal Ayoub Rezk

Dr.Shereif Hany Shoukry Tadros

Dr.Sally Mahmoud Mohamed

International Publications:

  1. Median nerve motor entry points in the forearm and its clinical application.

      Eur. J. Anat. 20 (1): 1-17 (2016)

Ehab M. El Zawawy , Nancy M. El Sekily , Wael A. Fouad , Mohamed H. Emam , Marwa M. Hassan


  1. The Prevalence of Sleep Problems and its Impact on Sleep Quality and Academic Performance.

 Merit Research Journal of Education and Review 3(2): 126-131, February, 2015

Gwiria M.H. Satti, Hanan F. Alsaaid, Nihal M. Nabil, Abdullah A. Saeed,

Nasir AlHamdan and Nahid K. El-bakri


  1. Arterial Supply of Sciatic Nerve and Its Impact on Clinical Practice.

International Journal of Clinical and Developmental Anatomy 2015; 1(3): 79-84.

El Sayed Aly Mohamed Metwally , Nancy Mohamed Aly El-Sekily , Naguib Abd El Karim Ramadan


  1. Medical students’ perception on anatomy knowledge relevance and retention during clerkship. J Contemp Med Edu2(3): 147-151. 2014

Nihal Mohamed Nabil, Najwa Al-Mously, Shahad AlWathnani, Asrar Abduldaiem, Hadeel Al-Issa.


  1. Career choice and its influencing factors: Perception of senior medical students.

J Contemp Med Edu2(3): 168-173. 2014.

Lamyaa Z. AbouZaid, Nihal M. Nabil, Sara O. Al-Fadil, Abdulaziz Alatmi, Abdullah A. Saeed.


6. Undergraduate medical students’ perceptions on the quality of feedback received during clinical rotations. Med Teach. 36 Suppl 1:17-23. April 2014

Al-Mously NNabil NMAl-Babtain SAFouad Abbas MA.


7. Academic and socio-demographic factors influencing students’ performance in a new Saudi medical school. Med Teach. 35 Suppl 1: 83-89. April 2013

Salem ROAl-Mously NNabil NMAl-Zalabani AHAl-Dhawi AFAl-Hamdan N.


  1. Comparison of scalar location and insertion depth of cochlear implant electrode implanted through the round window versus cochleostomy approach.

      J Int Adv otol . 9 (1): 32-39, 2013.

Seddik Abdel Salam, Shawky Tayel, Ahmed mehanna, Mohamed eid, Walid Farouk


  1. Serum levels of adrenomedullin and inflammatory cytokines in women with

term idiopathic intrauterine growth restriction. Journal of Obstetrics and

     Gynaecology, 33: 135–139. February 2013

Elfayomy A. K., Habib F. A., Almasry S. M., Safwat M. D., Eldomiaty M. A.


  1. Impact of Introducing a Diagnostic Scheme to Medical Students in a Problem Based Learning Curriculum. Sci.Educ. 23(1): 16- 26. January 2013.

Nihal M. Nabil, Aida A. Guemei, Hanan F. Alsaaid, Raneem Salem, Lamiaa Z. Abuzaid, Dalia Abdulhalim, Magdy Albarbary, Abdulaziz F. Al-Kaabba


  1. Pectoralis major muscle: anatomical features of its arterial supply. 

     Eur J Plast Surg 35: 9-18. 2012

           Eman Elazab Beheiry, Nihal Mohamed Nabil.


  1. Structural analysis of human placental stem and terminal villi from normal and idiopathic growth restricted pregnancies.

    Journal of Molecular Histology, March 2012.

Shaima M. Almasry, Magda A. Eldomiaty, Amr K. Elfayomy, Fawzia A. Habib, Maha D. Safwat


  1. Innervation of the pectoralis major muscle: anatomical study.

    Ann plast Surg 68(2): 209-214, February 2012

Eman Elazab Beheiry


  1. Student feedback on OSPE: An experience of Medical School in Saudi Arabia

     Med.Sci.Educ. 22 (1): 10-16. (2012).

Najwa Al-MouslyEmail author, Nihal Mohamed Nabil, Raneem Salem


  1. The effect of monosodium glutamate on the cerebellar cortex of male albino rats and the protective role of vitamin C (histological and immunohistochemical study).

     Journal of Molecular Histology 1 (1); Dec 2011.

Hala E. Hashem, M. D. El-Din Safwat , Sami Algaidi.


  1. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) in Alexandria, Egypt: A high prevalence justifying the need for a community-based newborn screening program.

    J Tropical Pediatrics 57 (3): 232-234, 2011.

  1. M. Tayel, H. Ismael, H. Kandil, A. Abd Rabuh, H. Sallam



  1. Index to ring digit ratio in Saudi Arabia at Almadinah Almonawarah province: a direct and indirect measurement study.

Journal of Anatomy 218(2); 202– 8, Feb 2011.

Shaima M. Almasry, Magda A. El Domiaty, Sami A. Algaidi, Yasser M. Elbastawisy and Maha D. Safwat.


  1. Immunohistochemical expression of oestrogen and progesterone receptors during experimental acute and chronic murine Schistosomiasis mansoni. Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical 43(5); 531-535, Sep-Oct 2010.

Fawzia Ahmed Habib1, Mayssa Mohamed Zaki, Amany Ahmed Abd El-Aal,

Maha Dia Eldean Safwat, Magda Ahmed El Domiaty


  1. Ultrastructural and ultrahistochemical studies on rat hepatocytes under the effect of lead acetate administration. Journal of life sciences 31; 6 (4), 21-28, Oct 2010.

Awatef Mohamed Ali, Wafaa Abdel-Rhaman Ahmad and Mona Abdel-Hamed Yehia


  1. Morphological patterns of lip prints in Saudi Arabia at Almadinah Almonawarah province. Forensic Science International 200 (1-3); 179, Jul 2010.

Magda Ahmed El Domiaty, Sami Awda Al-gaidi, Ahmed Abdelmoneim Elayat,

Maha Diaa Eldein Safwat, Sherief Ahmed Galal.


  1. A–V nodal artery anatomy and relations to the posterior septal space and its contents.

       Int J Cardiol. 2010 May 14; 141(1):92-98.

Shirley H. El-Maasarany, Eman E.B. Elazab, Steen Jensen, Michael Y. Henein.


22. Mode of insertion of the abductor hallucis muscle in human feet and its arterial supply.  Folia Morphol (Warsz). 69(1): 54-61, Feb 2010.

Agawany AEMeguid EA.


  1. Awareness and Knowledge of Breast Cancer Among University Students in Al Madina Al Munawara Region. Middle East Journal of Cancer 1(4); 159- 66, 2010.

Fawzia Habib, Shaista Salman, Maha Safwat, Sherien Shalaby.


24. An anatomical study of the arterial and nerve supply of the infrahyoid muscles.

     Folia Morphol (Warsz). 68(4):233-43, Nov 2009.

Meguid EAAgawany AE


  1.  Morphometric and immunohistochemical study of angiogenic marker

expressions in invasive ductal carcinomas of the human breast.

    Folia Morphologica 68 (3); 144- 55, 2009.

Safwat M.D., Habib F., Elayat A., Oweiss N., Reffat S., Algaidi S.


  1. Distribution of macrophages in the human fallopian tubes. An immunohistochemical & electron microscopic study. Folia morphologica 67 (1); 43-52, Feb 2008.

Safwat M.D., Habib F.A., Oweiss N.A.


27. Images in clinical medicine congenital neural malformations related to their embryological background.  Int J Health Sci (Qassim). 2008 Jan; 2(1):119-24.

Bahnassy AAAly NN.


  1. The zygomatico-orbital artery. Reply letter

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 120(5):1432. Oct.2007 (USA)

                Eman Elazab Beheiry.


29. Primary male infertility in Kuwait: a cytogenetic and molecular study of 289 infertile Kuwaiti patients. Andrologia; 39(3): 87-92, 2007 Jun.

Mohammed FAl-Yatama FAl-Bader MTayel SMGouda SNaguib KK.


  1. Distribution of terminal nerve entry points to the forearm muscles: An Anatomical study. Folia morphologica 66 (2); 1- 11, May 2007.

Safwat M.D., Abd El-Megid E.


  1. An anatomical study of the temporal fascia and related temporal pads of fat

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 119(1) Jan: 136-144. 2007 (USA)

Eman Elazab Beheiry, Fatheia A. Abdelhamid.


  1. The arterial supply of the temporalis muscle.

    Surgical and Radiological Anatomy 28(3): 241-247. 2006 (France)

Eman Elazab Beheiry, Fatheia A. Abdelhamid.


  1. The coronary sinus conduit function: anatomical study (relationship to adjacent structures). Europace 7(5): 475-481, 2005 Sep.

El-Maasarany S, Ferrett CG, Firth A, Sheppard M, Henein MY.


34. Sex identification of normal persons and sex reverse cases from bloodstains using FISH and PCR. J Clin Forensic Med. 2005 Jun; 12(3):122-127. Epub 2005 Mar 16.

Mohammed FTayel SM.


35. A morpho-etiological description of congenital limb anomalies.

Ann Saudi Med. 25(3): 219-227, 2005 May-Jun.

Tayel SM, Fawzia MMAl-Naqeeb NAGouda SAl Awadi SANaguib KK.


  1. Anatomical variations of the median nerve distribution and communication in the arm.  Folia Morphologica 63(3): 313- 318. 2004 (Poland)

Eman Elazab Beheiry.


37. Developmental toxicity of acephate by gavage in mice.

Reprod Toxicol. 14(3):241-5, 2000 May-Jun.

Farag ATEweidah MHTayel SMEl-Sebae AH.


  1. Profile of chromosomal abnormalities in Al Jahra region of Kuwait.

J Med Princ Pract; 8(3): 167-172, 1999.

RL Al-Naggar, SA Mady, SM Tayel, TI Farag, SA Al-Awadi, MM Al-Ghanim,

SJ Abulhasan, MA Sabry, L Bastaki


  1. Clustering of trisomy 18 in Kuwait: Genetic predisposition or environmental?

          Ann Saudi Med. 19(3):197-200, 1999 May-Jun.

Naguib KKAl-Awadi SABastaki LMoussa MAAbulhassan SATayel S, Murthy K.


  1. Trisomy 18 in Kuwait. Int J Epidemiol (England); 28 (4): 711-716, 1999.

KK Naguib, SA Al-Awadi, MAA Moussa, L Bastaki, S Gouda, MA Redha,

F Mustafa, SM Tayel, SJ Abulhasan, DS Krishna Murth



  1. Mosaic Turner syndrome: Cytogenetics versus FISH.

Ann Hum Genet; 63: 199-206, 1999.

SJ Abulhasan, SM Tayel, SA Al-Awadi


  1. Familial pericentric inversion of chromosome 1(p36.3 q23) and Bardet-Biedl syndrome.   J Med Genet 36: 418-419, 1999.

                SM Tayel , RL El-Naggar, DS Krishna Murthy, KK Naguib, SA Al- Awadi,

NA Abou-Karsh


43. Triophthalmia and facial clefting: a case report. J Med Genet 35: 875-877, 1998.

                      S M TayelM A SabryN A KaderS FarahS A Al-AwadiT I Farag


44.  Mapping of the spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) gene to a 750-kb interval flanked by two new microsatellites. Eur J Hum Genet. 3(1):56-60, 1995.

Wirth Bel-Agwany ABaasner ABurghes AKoch ADadze APiechaczeck-Wappenschmidt BRudnik-Schöneborn SZerres KSchönling J.


  1. Immunocytochemical localization and enzymatic distribution of rat ovarian aromatase. Biol Reprod. 44(3):550-560, Mar 1991.

El-Maasarany S, Brandt ME, Majercik MH, Zimniski SJ, Puett D.


  1. Anatomical basis of latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap: clinical applications.

        Surgical and Radiological Anatomy 11(3): 197-203. 1989 (France)

El-Maasarany SHSharaf E, Moustafa FBorhan AAbdel-Fattah A, Hamza A.


  1. A case of de novo trisomy 12p syndrome. Clin Genet 35: 382-386, 1989.

Tayel S, Kurczynski TW, McCorquodale MM


48. Deletion 9p, duplication 18q in two sisters resulting from a maternal (9;18) (p22;q21.3) translocation. Am J Med Genet. 31(4):853-61, 1988 Dec.

             Tayel S, Kurczynski TW, Casperson S, McCorquodale MM


  1. Prenatal detection of a de novo 1; 15 translocation with the same breakpoints as that identified in a previous unrelated case report.

       Prenatal Diagnosis 8(6): 475-476, 1988.

McCorquodale MM, Tayel S


Programs and Courses offered

Post Graduates:

Master Degree in: Surgery, Medicine, Cardiology, Anaesthesia, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Critical care, Obstetrics and Gynecology ….etc.

PHD in: Neurosurgery and Cardiology  …etc.

Under Graduates:

– First year Medical.
– Second year Medical.
– First year Dentistry.
– First year Pharmacy.
– First year Nursing.

Honors and Awards

Department Awards

– Fund from the High Education Enhancement Project funds to establish a Museum in 2007.

Labs and Facilities

Department Museums

Dissecting Rooms:

– Three dissecting rooms with 90 students capacity each.


– Dissected cadaveric specimens along the years.
– Plastinated cadaveric specimens and plastic models.


Type of Activity Description/Availability
1. Scientific Scientific monthly meeting. Will be on 27 november 2010, at 2 O’clock. About limb development and anomalies, presented by Dr. Shawky Tayel.
2.Post / Undergraduate There will be assignment presentations for undergraduate students about various subjects of neuroanatomy for a period of 2 months starting on November 20th, 2010.·

There will be assignment presentations for postgraduate students in topics , each according to their specialities, for a period of 4 months starting on November 20th, 2010.

3. Research International publications in the last 10 years (recent first):
4. Social & Environmental
5. Other: Conferences, workshops, attendance In the current academic year;2010 (recent first):
1. OraL presentation entitled (ambiguous genitalia: diagnosis & management with special reference to parental consanguinity and age at diagnosis)  will be presented by Prof. Dr. Shawky Tayel  at The First International Conference of The Human Genetics and Genome Research Division & National Society of Human Genetics   on 8-10th November, 2010.
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Contact information

Department Contact:

– Coordinator: Assistant Prof. Eman Elazab Beheiry