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Mark Schornak is well known in the field of medical illustration, having spent the past 30 years illustrating for the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, Arizona. Schornak’s education in both life sciences and visual communication, combined with his impressive 30-year career, makes him an incredible asset to the UNC Neurosurgery team. He has spent years researching, observing and understanding neurosurgical procedures, working closely with Drs Spetzler and Sonntag as their primary illustrator while they built BNI.

Schornak is no stranger to adventure. He has hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim five times, has cycled the 100 mile route around Lake Tahoe for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society three times, and spent six years coaching and mentoring his son’s robotics team, helping their Cinderella team become the National Underwater Robotics Challenge Champions in 2007.

Medical Illustrator

Master of Science in Medical Illustration, Medical College of Georgia, 1987
Art Foundation Courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art (accepted into graduate program before completing art degree), 1980-1983
Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980

Certified Medical Illustrator (CAHEA) since 1997