Association of Medical Illustrators Board Certification


The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Post-doctoral Fellowship in Medical Illustration

Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey

Doctor of Medicine


1990-present: Certified Medical Illustrator, Director, Levent Efe P/L

Biomedical communications specializing in digital illustrations and animations, serving a broad range of clientele world wide.

Contributing medical artist for pharmaceutical and advertising companies promotional and educational material:
Pacific Communications, AbbVie-Allergan, Sudler & Hennessey, Hammond & Thackeray, Excerpta Medica, Marketforce-Canada, Healthmap, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Healthcare, Clemenger Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi, ADIS, J. Walter Thompson Sydney, Burson Marsteller, Merilake Sydney, SSB Advertising Melbourne, Impact Marketing Sydney, Slatter & Partners Sydney, Rapp & Collins Melbourne, Hertz Walpole Sydney, R&R Advertising Melbourne, Astra Pharmaceuticals, Merial Veterinary Division, Servier Laboratories, SmithKline Beecham, Glaxo-Wellcome, Optiscan, Hospira, WellmarkPerspexa, MedeHealth, Sirtex, Publicis Life Brands, Allergan-USA, Organogenesis-USA, Stryker, Cypris Medical

Contributing medical artist:
MAFAC (Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course), The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Mi-tec Medical Publishing, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, Elsevier Publications, Springer, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, St John Ambulance Australia, HETI – NSW Health eLearning system, Australian Family Physician, The Herald Sun, The Age, Australian Geographic, Australian Doctor, Medical Observer, Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, Victorian Heart Foundation, Heart Lung & Circulation Journal, International Urogynaecological Association, OSSANZ, University of Stavanger-Norway, Elsevier, Readers Digest, Verducci Publishing-Italy, Springer Medical Publishing, Quality Medical Publishing, Thieme Publishing, Elsevier Publishing, IFSO

1997-98: Lecturer, School of Graphic Design

Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

1996-present: Current Affairs presenter

SBS Radio Melbourne, Turkish program

1988-89: Staff medical illustrator

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

1984-88: Lecturer in Anatomy

Marmara University Medical School, Istanbul

Lecturer in Artistic Anatomy

Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul

1982-84: General practitioner

Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ankara, Turkey

Published work

2018: Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach

Dr Jerome Lamb, Dr Christopher Surek

2016: Innovative Facial Rejuvenation Techniques (DVD set)

Dr Bryan Mendelson

2013: Chest Surgery Atlas

Professor H. Dienemann, Springer Medical Publications, Heidelberg, Germany

2013: Laparoscopy in Children

Professor F. Schier, Springer Medical Publications, Heidelberg, Germany

1993-present: Patient Education Pamphlets

Mi-Tec Medical Publishing, Melbourne

2010: Clinical Sports Anatomy

Franklyn-Miller, Falvey, McCrory, Bruckner – McGraw Hill, Sydney

2010: The Vulva, A Clinician’s Practical Handbook

Fischer, Bradford, Family Planning NSW

2009: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Dr S. Aston, NYC, NY – Saunders Elsevier

2009: The Australian Pregnant Book

Dr. D. Thompson, Melbourne

2009: Big Ideas – Science 1, 2

D. Nardellli, A. Stubbs, – Oxford University Publishing

2009: Healthy Bones, Muscles & Joints

Reader’s Digest Australia P/L

2005: Rational Clinical Examination

Professor S. Dimmitt, Subiaco, WA

2004: The Elusive Orgasm

Dr V. Cass, Brightfire Press, Perth, WA

2004: Science Alive

John Wiley & Sons Australia

1999-2002: “Monster Mini-beasts”, “Divers of the Deep Sea”, “Walking up Walls”, “Birds That Can’t Fly”,”Scooters

Children’s education series, Barrie Publishing, Melbourne

2001-02: “The Cutting Edge” – GP education series on surgical treatment options

Current Therapeutics, 2001

2000: Anatomica

Global Book Publishing, Willoughby, NSW

1999: Ultrasound Techniques

Victorian Imaging Group, Melbourne

1998: “Emergency First Aid”; illustrations for training manual

St John Ambulance Australia

1998: The Penguin Guide to Family Health

Dr F. Mackenzie, Viking-Penguin Books Australia, Ltd.

1998: “Know Your Body and Stay Healthy”

Addison Wesley Longman, Melbourne

1997: Atlas of Hand Surgery

Professor W. B. Connolly, Churchill Livingstone – Edinburgh

1997: “Vitality” textbook

Addison Wesley Longman, Melbourne

1997: Discoveries-The Human Body

Weldon Owen Publishing, Sydney

1996: “Science Action Teacher’s Guide”

Harper Collins, Melbourne

1995: Prostate and Genitourinary System

Reed Books, Melbourne

1995: Science in Nursing Practice

Thomas Nelson Publishing, Melbourne

1995: “Teaching Sexuality”

Harper Collins Melbourne

1994: “Hysterectomy: New operations and Advances”

Oxford University Press, Melbourne

1994: PE Teachers handbook

Collins-Dove Melbourne

Professional achievements

2019: IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) Patient education series

2015: Two major surgery textbooks published

Chest Surgery Atlas, and Laparoscopy in Children

2009: 160 illustrations for Sherrell Aston’s “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery”

published by Saunders/Elservier

1997-present Illustrations for Ventracor Limited and Sunshine Heart Inc. on artificial ventricular pumps.

1990-present: Illustration and animation series on Facial anatomy for Dr Bryan C. Mendelson, Melbourne

2001-present: Concept, illustrations and design for 33 patient education posters

published and distributed worldwide by ACE Creative, Hong Kong

1990-present: Illustration series for Professors G. Ian Taylor,

Wayne Morrison, Donald Esmore, Carl Wood, Brian Buxton, Peter Danne, James Tatoulis, Anthony Costello, Peter Skillington, Jas Samra, Leigh Delbridge, Paul O’Brien, Richard Bittar

2005: “Canine Osteoarthritis” educational poster

commissioned by Merial Pharmaceuticals Veterinary Division, Australia and South Africa

2001-2004: 12 patient education posters

published by Deomed, Istanbul

2001: “The Dinosaur Tram”: illustration for a tram ad

commissioned by Clemenger Advertising and Museum Victoria

1998: “Staying Alive” exhibit illustrations

Museum Victoria

1996: “Life and Times of an Efficient Invader”; illustration spread on the reproductive cycle of the cane toad

Australian Geographic

1995: Patient Education Brochures

Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

1994: MOTUS Total Knee Prosthesis education booklet

OSTEO, Switzerland

Awards / Recognition

Association of Medical Illustrators Awards 2019

Award of Merit – Illustrated Text (Book) Category:
Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach

British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards 2018

Highly Commended: Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach  by Jerome Lamb and Christopher Surek

Illustrators Australia Awards 2018

Silver Award – Instructional/Technical Category:
Minimally Invasive Face Lift Technique

Association of Medical Illustrators Awards 2015

Award of Excellence – Illustrated Text (Book) Category:
Chest Surgery Atlas

Illustrators Australia Awards 2015

Gold Award – Instructional/Technical Category:
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Technique

Illustrators Australia Awards 2012

2012 Highly commended – Book series illustrations/li>

AIMBI, Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration awards:

1998 Best exhibit in scientific art
2000 First prize in computer graphics
2002 First prize in computer graphics
2005 First Prize in Clinical/Medical Illustration
2005 Merit Award in Computer Graphic Design

AMI, Association of Medical Illustrators awards

1989 Second Place in student medical tone, Dallas, TX


Over 30 years illustration experience dating back to the days of traditional illustration techniques. Current work is predominantly rendered in Adobe Photoshop.

Special interests are:

Depiction of surgical techniques for peer reviewed surgery journals, textbooks, and surgeons’ presentations.
Illustrations for patient education
Interactive Animations
3D educational model design
Illustrations for biomedical product promotions
Children’s books on medical topics

Professional Associations

Association of Medical Illustrators (Certified Member)
Illustrators Australia
Australian Science Communicators
Australian Cartoonists Association