Beth Sumner Vuelta, MA, CMI is a medical artist practicing out of New York City. She specializes in creating complex medical, surgical, and animated graphics. Her artwork has been published in Cell, featured in USA Today, and accompanies dozens of journals and academic texts. Some of her clients and past employers include: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Texas Children's Hospital, and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Recently, she held the position of Digital Art Director at the Mount Sinai Health System. In this role, Beth managed complex digital graphics including medical animations, medical illustrations, infographics, and video effects.
Previously, she was the surgical illustrator for the Department of Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. Beth created intricate surgical illustrations for journal and book publications. She also worked with a team of multimedia specialists to provide support to the growing 90 surgeon roster with patient education materials, video editing, and design. Beth has also worked at a patient education company, Blausen Medical, as the medical animator.
She received her Master of Arts degree in Biomedical Communications from UT Southwestern Medical Center's school of Biomedical Communications in 2012. For her thesis, she created animated educational materials for pelvic organ prolapse and sacrocolpopexy surgery. She also passed an optional additional certification through the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) to become a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) in 2016, where she is also an active professional member. See a current list of honors and publications.
What is a medical illustrator?
According to the Association of Medical Illustrators, a medical illustrator is a professional artist with advanced education in both the life sciences and visual communication. Collaborating with scientists, physicians, and other specialists, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that have the potential to communicate to broad audiences. A medical illustrator is a visual problem solver. Background research, including reading scientific papers, meeting with scientific experts, perhaps observing surgery or a laboratory procedure, is often an integral part of the creative process.
Find out more from the Association of Medical Illustrators