McLean Gunderson, Lecturer

Department of Comparative Biosciences
Office: 2009G

McLean Gunderson, Lecturer

Titles and Education

  1. University of Wisconsin- Madison B.S. Wildlife Ecology, 1997
  2. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2002
  3. UW Madison Extension- Master Gardener 2014
  4. Fundamentals of Online Teaching Certificate 2020
  5. Teaching 21st Century Skills Certificate 2020
  6. Blend@UW Certificate 2020
  7. Plain Language Certificate 2021
  8. Fully Prepared to Lead Certificate (In progress)


Lecturer for Fundamental Principles of Veterinary Anatomy

Course Director and lecturer for Anatomy of the Large Domestic Animals

Instructor for Fundamentals of Clinical Skills Elective

Clinical Skills Course Design Working Group active member


Clinical Interests

I became a lecturer for small and large animal anatomy in fall of 2021. From 2014- 2021, I was a senior instructional specialist for the Department of Surgical Sciences.

Prior to my work at the UW SVM, I taught veterinary technician students, and worked with a team of researchers for the Department of Otolaryngology at the School of Medicine and Public Health developing novel surgical repairs for vocal fold defects in hope of restoring voice in people diagnosed with dysphonia due to laryngeal disorders. Immediately after graduation from veterinary school I was a large and small animal veterinary practitioner at local clinics.

Creativity & innovation in education is where my passion lies. I love to learn new ways to teach students, and I am always pushing the limits of change to improve learning outcomes for my students. My current focus is to invent anatomically oriented teaching models that simulate and reinforce clinical skills and create 2D or 3D representations of concepts that are otherwise difficult to understand from a lecture or out of a book chapter.

Recent Publications

  1. Tian L, Henningsen J, Salick MR, Crone WC, Gunderson M, Dailey SH, Chesler NC. Stretch calculated from grip distance accurately approximates mid-specimen stretch in large elastic arteries in uniaxial tensile tests. J Mech Behav Biomed Mat. 2015 Jul;47:107-13. PMID:25881308
  2. Hoffman M, Glab R, Gunderson M, Maytag AL, Yang D, Jiang JJ, Dailey SH. Functional and histological evaluation following canine vocal fold reconstruction using composite thyroid ala perichondrium flaps. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jul;153(1):79-87 PMID: 25883099
  3. Glab R, Gunderson M, Torrealba J, Bauer B, Dailey SH. Elucidation of Soft Tissue Flap Histologic Margins within a Canine Vocal Fold. Histol Histopathol. 2015 Jan:30(1):95-103. PMID: 25045966
  4. Tian L, Kellihan HB, Henningsen J, Bellofiore A, Forouzan O, Roldan-Alzate A, Consigny DW, Gunderson M, Dailey SH, Francois CJ, Chesler NC. Pulmonary artery relative area change is inversely related to ex-vivo measured arterial elastic modulus in the canine model of acute pulmonary embolization. J biomech. 2014 Sep22:47(12):2904-10 PMID: 25128393
  5. Gunderson M, Dailey SH, Bauer B, Glab R. Technical Refinements to the Minithyrotomy Procedure. J Voice. 2014 Feb; PMID: 24495420
  6. Dailey SH, Ng K, Gunderson M, Petty B. Vocal Fold Reconstruction: A Novel Flap. Laryngoscope. 2013 Nov:123(11):2793-7. Doi:10.1002/lary.24074. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PMID: 23616137
  7. Dailey SH, Gunderson M, Chan R, Torrealba J, Kimura M, Welham NV. Local vascularized flaps for augmentation of Reinke's space. Laryngoscope. 2011 Feb; 121 Suppl 3:S37-60. PMID: 21271606
  8. Goodyer E, Gunderson M, Dailey SH. Gradation of stiffness of the mucosa inferior to the vocal fold. J Voice. 2010 May; 24(3):359-62. Epub 2009 Mar 20. PMID: 19303741