Don Hilbelink, Ph.D.

Professor, College Of Medicine Pathology & Cell Biology

College Of Medicine Pathology & Cell Biology

External Advisory Board, Museum of Science and Industry

Board of Directors, American Registry of Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Cell Biology, College of Medicine, University of South Florida

External Advisory Board, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC 11
Tampa, FL 33612

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Academic Phone: (813) 974-9483


  • PHD, Anatomy, Medical College Of Wisconsin, 1977
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1971

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering & Nanomedicine

Research Interests

  • Produce high resolution, anatomically accurate, 3D models of human anatomy which are computer aided design (CAD) and finite element (FE) compatible.
  • Data mining of medical images to derive statistical description of human anatomy. Establishing a new field of Morpho-informatics.


  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • Teratology Society (Member, 2008 - Present)
  • American Association of Anatomists (Member, 2008 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Mona C McCullough, Summer Decker, Jonathan Ford, Katheryne Downes, Don Hilbelink, Raul Ordorica, Lennox Hoyte, Stuart Hart Third sacral foramina morphometry for sacral neuromodulation Journal of Pelvic Medicine and Surgery. 19(1) : 23-30, 2013.
  • Summer Decker, Jonathan Ford, Stephanie Davy-Jow, Philippe Faraut, Wesley Neville, Don Hilbelink Who is this person? A comparison study of current three-dimensional facial approximation methods Forensic Science International. , 2013.
  • Mona McCullough, Jonathan Ford, Summer Decker, Katheryne Downes, Don Hilbelink, Lennox Hoyte, Stuart Hart, Raul Ordorica S2, S3, and S4 foramina position overlap pertinent to sacral neuro stimulation The Journal of Urology. 189(4) : e429, 2013.
  • Quintero, R.Kontopoulos, EV.Barness, E.Steffensen, TS.Hilbelink, D.Chmait, R.Benirschke, K.Bornick, PW. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome in a dichorionic-monozygotic twin pregnancy: The end of a paradigm? Fetal and pediatric pathology. 29(2) : 81-8, 2010.
  • Stingl, J.Hilbelink, DR.Rhodin, JA. Differences in microcirculatory bed arrangement in some skeletal muscles of the rat and golden hamster. International journal of microcirculation, clinical and experimental / sponsored by the European Society for Microcirculation. 16(1) : 1-7, 1996.
  • Hartsfield, JK.Benford, SA.Hilbelink, DR. Induction of microsomal epoxide hydrolase activity in inbred mice by chronic phenytoin exposure. Biochemical and molecular medicine. 56(2) : 144-51, 1995.
  • Ganey, TM.Ogden, JA.Sasse, J.Neame, PJ.Hilbelink, DR. Basement membrane composition of cartilage canals during development and ossification of the epiphysis. The Anatomical record. 241(3) : 425-37, 1995.
  • Roy, SK.Mitra, AK.Hilbelink, DR.Dwornik, JJ.Kulkarni, AP. Lipoxygenase activity in rat embryos and its potential for xenobiotic oxidation. Biology of the neonate. 63(5) : 297-302, 1993.
  • Mitra, A.Hilbelink, DR.Dwornik, JJ.Kulkarni, A. Rat hepatic glutathione S-transferase-mediated embryotoxic bioactivation of ethylene dibromide. Teratology. 46(5) : 439-46, 1992.
  • Hartsfield, JK.Lee, M.Morel, JG.Hilbelink, DR. Statistical analysis of the effect of cadmium and zinc on hamster teratogenesis. Biochemical medicine and metabolic biology. 48(2) : 159-73, 1992.
  • Mitra, A.Hilbelink, DR.Dwornik, JJ.Kulkarni, A. A novel model to assess developmental toxicity of dihaloalkanes in humans: bioactivation of 1,2-dibromoethane by the isozymes of human fetal liver glutathione S-transferase. Teratogenesis, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis. 12(3) : 113-27, 1992.
  • Belsole, RJ.Hilbelink, DR.Llewellyn, JA.Dale, M.Ogden, JA. Carpal orientation from computed reference axes. The Journal of hand surgery. 16(1) : 82-90, 1991.
  • Liu, Z.Hilbelink, DR.Gerdes, AM. Regional changes in hemodynamics and cardiac myocyte size in rats with aortocaval fistulas. 2. Long-term effects. Circulation research. 69(1) : 59-65, 1991.
  • Belsole, RJ.Hilbelink, DR.Llewellyn, JA.Dale, M.Greene, TL.Rayhack, JM. Computed analyses of the pathomechanics of scaphoid waist nonunions. The Journal of hand surgery. 16(5) : 899-906, 1991.
  • Liu, Z.Hilbelink, DR.Crockett, WB.Gerdes, AM. Regional changes in hemodynamics and cardiac myocyte size in rats with aortocaval fistulas. 1. Developing and established hypertrophy. Circulation research. 69(1) : 52-8, 1991.
  • Belsole, RJ.Hilbelink, DR.Llewellyn, JA.Stenzler, S.Greene, TL.Dale, M. Mathematical analysis of computed carpal models. Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society. 6(1) : 116-22, 1988.
  • Gerdes, AM.Campbell, SE.Hilbelink, DR. Structural remodeling of cardiac myocytes in rats with arteriovenous fistulas. Laboratory investigation; a journal of technical methods and pathology. 59(6) : 857-61, 1988.
  • Hilbelink, DR.Kaplan, S. Sirenomelia: analysis in the cadmium- and lead-treated golden hamster. Teratogenesis, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis. 6(5) : 431-40, 1986.
  • Hilbelink, DR.Chen, LT.Bryant, M. Endotoxin-induced hyperthermia in pregnant golden hamsters. Teratogenesis, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis. 6(3) : 209-17, 1986.
  • Lanning, JC.Hilbelink, DR. Effects of endotoxin on placental labyrinth formation in the golden hamster: a light and electron microscopic study. Teratogenesis, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis. 4(3) : 303-10, 1984.
  • Lanning, JC.Hilbelink, DR.Chen, LT. Teratogenic effects of endotoxin on the golden hamster. Teratogenesis, carcinogenesis, and mutagenesis. 3(2) : 145-9, 1983.
  • Hilbelink, DR.Chen, LT.Lanning, JC.Persaud, TV. Pregnancy and fetal development in hamsters treated with prostaglandin F2 alpha. Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and medicine. 8(4) : 399-402, 1982.
  • Pollock, GA.DiSabatino, CE.Heimsch, RC.Hilbelink, DR. The subchronic toxicity and teratogenicity of alternariol monomethyl ether produced by Alternaria solani. Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association. 20(6) : 899-902, 1982.
  • Hilbelink, DR.Persaud, TV. Teratogenic effects of prostaglandin E2 in hamsters. Progress in lipid research. 20: 241-2, 1981.
  • Astrachan, NB.Archer, BG.Hilbelink, DR. Evaluation of the subacute toxicity and teratogenicity of anatoxin-a. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology. 18(5-6) : 684-8, 1980.
  • Hilbelink, DR.Kaplan, S. Fast green staining of whole embryos for examination and photography. Stain technology. 53(5) : 261-3, 1978.

Positions Held

  • Professor (Dept. of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of South Florida 1993 - 2006)
  • Associate Professor (Dept. of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of South Florida 1983 - 1993)
  • Assistant Professor (Dept. of Anatomy, College of Medicine, University of South Florida 1980 - 1986)
  • Assistant Professor (College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University 1977 - 1980)
  • Instructor (Department of Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin 1976 - 1977)


  • Outstanding Pre-Clinical Professor (College of Medicine, University of South Florida - 1985)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater - 1985)