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Hafez, Shireen

Clinical Associate Professor of Anatomy

Address and Contact Information

2001 South Lincoln Ave.
M/C 002
Urbana, IL  61802


  • PhD, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education, Royal Veterinary College, UK

Professional Certifications

  • CRLA Master Tutoring Certification, College of Reading and Learning Association, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Academic Interests

I’m interested in improving the process of students’ learning in general and specifically I’m investigating ways to educate students as difference-makers by allowing them the opportunities to be empathetic and emotionally intelligent.

Courses Taught

  • Anatomy in the core curriculum of veterinary medicine, VM 602 and VM 604

  • Neuroscience in VM 604


Dr. Hafez has taught anatomy at several veterinary schools across the United States and other countries after she obtained her degree in veterinary medicine and PhD in anatomy.

After she graduated from Virginia Tech, she taught anatomy, histology and neuroscience at Oregon State University and at Louisiana State University before returning to her alma mater Virginia Tech as a faculty member. While at Virginia Tech, Dr. Hafez taught veterinary anatomy in the veterinary college and human anatomy in the medical school simultaneously.  

She has also taught veterinary anatomy at St. Mathew University in Cayman Islands and at Alexandria University, Egypt. She has conducted research at the aforementioned institutions and at North Dakota State University.

Dr. Hafez published several articles and book chapters in the field of angiogenesis before switching her research interests to educational research.

Teaching Statement

Teaching is my avenue to convey my knowledge to others. It is a perfect way to be "alive after your body death" because the knowledge you have transmitted still circulates in the world, carried on by your students.

I have a passion for anatomy. I take great pride in helping students understand the anatomy of a particular body part and to develop a sense of the beauty of anatomical specimens. I like to illustrate the structural perfection and mechanical ingenuity of the body, while simultaneously correlating structure with function.

Interactive learning is an important feature of my teaching style. During my lecture I like to stimulate the students’ senses as much as I can, involving them as much as possible beyond the passive listening of a traditional lecture.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Teacher Merit Honor Roll, 2011, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for receiving one of the highest teacher ratings

  • Dean’s Teacher Merit Honor Roll, 2012, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for receiving one of the highest teacher ratings.

  • Teacher of the Year, 2012, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Selected Publications

Shireen Hafez. (2017) A report on the accessory head of Flexor Pollicis Longus and Variations of Forearm Musculature, Journal of Morphological Sciences, Vol. 34, No 2.

Shireen Hafez. (2017) Chapter 1: Comparative placental anatomy: divergent structures serving a common purpose. In Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science, Vol. 145, Molecular Biology of Placental Development and Disease. (W. Huckle, ed.), Academic Press.

Shireen Hafez, Doaa Zaghloul. Light and electron microscopy of the pancreas of the Egyptian one-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius) Eur. J. Anat., 21 (1): 37-45 (2017).

Shireen Hafez (2016) The “ABC to H” Rules of Teaching Large Classes in Medical Education: what do students think? MedEdPublish, Volume 5, Issue 3, Paper No: 53, DOI:

Shireen Hafez, Doaa Zaghloul, and Thomas Caceci. Immunohistochemical identification of the endocrine cells in the pancreatic islets of the camel, horse, and cattle. Eur. J. Anat. 19 (1): 27-35 (2015).

Doaa Zaghloul, Shireen Hafez, Thomas Caceci. Microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the Camelus dromedarius ureter. Eur. J. Anat. 17 (4): 202-208 (2013).

Shireen A. Hafez, Samir M. El-shafey, and Thomas Caceci, (2011) Histological and lectin histochemical characterization of the epididymal duct in the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius). Journal of Veterinary Anatomy, Vol. 4, No.1, pp 51-67.

Shireen A. Hafez, Samir M. El-shafey, and Thomas Caceci, (2011) Histological and lectin histochemical characterization of the efferent ductules in the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius). Journal of Veterinary Anatomy, Vol. 4, No.1, pp 33-49.

Hafez, S, Borowicz P, Reynolds LP, Redmer DA. Maternal and fetal microvasculature in sheep placenta at several stages of gestation. Journal of Anatomy 2010 Mar; 216 (3): 292-300.

Reynolds LP, Borowicz PP, Caton JS, Vonnahme KA, Luther JS, Buchanan DS, Hafez SA, Grazul-Bilska AT, Redmer DA. Uteroplacental vascular development and placental function: an update. Int J Dev Biol. 2010; 54 (2-3):355-65.

Borowicz PP, Hafez SA, Redmer DA, Reynolds LP. 2008. Chapter 10. Methods for evaluating uteroplacental angiogenesis and their application using animal models. In: Methods in Enzymology, Vol. 445, Angiogenesis, In Vivo, Part B. pp. 229-53. (D Cheresh, ed.), Elsevier, NY.

Shireen A. Hafez, T. Caceci, L E. Freeman, KE. Panter. Angiogenesis in the caprine caruncles in non-pregnant and pregnant normal and swainsonine-treated does. The Anatomical Record. 2007 Jul; 290 (7): 761-9.

Shireen A. Hafez, L E. Freeman, T. Caceci, BJ. Smith. Study of the vasculature of the caprine reproductive organs using the tissue-clearing technique, with special reference to the angioarchitecture of the utero-ovarian vessels and the adaptation of the ovarian and/or vaginal arteries to multiple pregnancies. The Anatomical Record. 2007 Apr; 290 (4):389-405.



Angiogenesis in Caprine Reproductive Organs (2009)
Author: Shireen Hafez; Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller; ISBN# 9783639185508

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine, Adjunct faculty

  • Member, International Association for Medical Education


  • Member, American Association of Anatomists


  • Member, American Association of Veterinary Anatomists


  • Member, African Association of Veterinary Anatomists


  • Member, World Association of Veterinary Anatomists

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