Kevin Petti

Kevin Petti, Ph.D.


Kevin Petti, Ph.D. teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, human dissection, kinesiology, and health science. He has been teaching at San Diego Miramar College since 1987, and is president emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS). Dr. Petti has also contributed to several anatomy and physiology textbooks. Most recently he is a coauthor for the third edition of Visual Anatomy and Physiology (2018).

As a dual U.S./Italian citizen, he travels to Italy twice annually teaching Study Abroad for San Diego State University as well as continuing education for anatomy professors in the Anatomia Italiana program he founded in 2012. These programs visit the very lecture halls and dissection theaters of the first modern anatomists, dating back to the 15th century. Students learn about the genesis of anatomy as a science in Italy, and its connection to the work of the Renaissance Masters, who also dissected bodies to enhance their art.

Dr. Petti is invited to speak about the Connection Between Art and Anatomy in Italy at international conferences, museums, and universities throughout North America and Europe. The Italian government has invited him to speak at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as their Italian Cultural Institutes in Los Angeles, New York City, and Houston. The University of Palermo, Sicily, hosted Dr. Petti for a week as a guest lecturer in their seminar series celebrating its 210th anniversary.

In 2017 Dr. Petti served as Senior Scientific Consultant and General Coordinator for North America for the International Congress on Anatomical Wax Modeling, London. Most recently, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) featured Dr. Petti in their eight-part documentary 200 Years of Surgery.

Dr. Petti has a bachelors degree from Humboldt State University, a masters degree from San Diego State University, and a doctorate from the University of San Diego. He also has a keen interest in staying physically active. He has completed more than ten triathlons and has rock climbed for years. The 2000' Northwest Face of Yosemite's Half Dome is his proudest climbing achievement. He is married over 30 years and has two adult children.


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