Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD

Contact Dr. Fenderson

1020 Locust Street
Jefferson Alumni Hall, Suite 263C
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-2256
(215) 955-5058 fax

Medical School

BS, Michigan State University, Zoology - 1974
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, Biology - 1980

University Appointment


Research and Clinical Interests

Focus: Pathology Education; Developmental Biology

I am using modern technology to improve preclinical basic science education. My work is focused on the development of interactive, web-based instructional media, distance learning courses, and alternative methods for student self-assessment.  I have authored two medical textbooks for self-assessment and board review.

Other Expertise

Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD is Professor of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Fenderson received his PhD in Developmental Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and completed postdoctoral training in Reproductive Biology at the University of Washington, before moving to Jefferson Medical College in 1990. Dr. Fenderson teaches pathology, anatomy, embryology and histology to medical students and allied health professionals. He has published numerous papers in the field of medical education; received awards from medical students for teaching excellence; created nationally recognized web sites for pathology education; established an honors program for gifted medical students; and introduced new formats for student learning and assessment. He has served as member of the USMLE Cell and Developmental Biology Test Development Committee. In addition to pathology education, his research interests include mechanisms of stem cell differentiation and morphogenesis. Dr. Fenderson is director of the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra and past-president of the Ambler Symphony.

Major Teaching Responsibilities at Jefferson Medical College include:

Human Form and Development
Microscopic Anatomy
Foundations of Pathology (Course Director)