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About Kari Visscher

I am a Canadian radiologist and artist. Inspired by patients healthcare experiences and medical culture, my artistic focus is on exploring the development of professional identity including relationships between physicians and patients and between medical colleagues.

Kari Visscher was born in a small town in southwestern Canada in 1982. Having grown up with a mother and uncle who were general practitioners, the medical profession was an integral part of her world. She straddled both the arts and sciences throughout her life eventually completing a masters degree in biomedical communications and a medical degree. Drawn to the visual subspecialties of medicine, Kari became a radiologist and is currently an adjunct professor at McMaster University. Her series of radiology paintings and associated research has been presented at international medical conferences and published in peer reviewed medical journals. She has exhibited and won awards with the Ontario Society of Artists and was a semifinalist in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center 14th and 15th International ARC Salon competitions.


2020...Elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists
2018 to present...Staff Radiologist at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Adjunct Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
2016...Moderator for Ontario Association of Radiologists abdominal and pelvic oncology imaging, Toronto, Ontario.
2009...Literacy consultant for development of Optimeyes Patient Starter Kit. CPC Healthcare Communications and Pfizer, Toronto, Ontario.
2009...Patient education designer, Department of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Lawson Research Institute, St. Josephs Health Center, London, Ontario.
2007 to 2008...Teaching assistant, Department of Anatomy, University of Toronto, Canada.
2007...Information design, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

2021...Charcoal sanding technique workshop by Annie Murphy-Robinson
2017 to 2018...Fellow physician in Musculoskeletal Imaging at University of Ottawa, Canada.
2010 to 2017...Resident physician in Diagnostic Radiology, Western University, London, Canada.
2010 to 2019...Studied at the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, Canada.
2006 to 2010...Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada.
2004 to 2016...Master of Science of Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Canada.

2021...ModPortrait 2021 'Frontline' was included in the Modportrait 2021 Special Edition Catalog.
2021...Figurativas 2021 'Frontline' was preselected and included in the 11th Concurso de Pintura y Escultura, Fundacio de les Arts I els Artistes.
2021...Breath. Heart. Spirit. Group exhibition celebrating 150 years of the Ontario Society of Artists at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery Brantford, Ontario Canada.
2021...HeART of HealthCARE virtual group art exhibition.
2020...Semifinalist in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center 15th International ARC Salon competition.
2020...Second place at the Ontario Society of Artists 2020 Emerging Artist Exhibition.
2019...Semifinalist in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center 14th International ARC Salon competition.
2018...Awarded Certificate of Merit in recognition of outstanding achievement in Fine Art Portraiture in the 2018 Canadian Portrait Competition.
2018...Group exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists emerging artist juried exhibition, Ontario, Canada.
2018...Visscher KL et al. Can artistic paintings broaden medical students understanding of the Radiology profession. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Radiologists 81st annual scientific meeting, Montreal Canada. Poster presentation at the Radiology Research Day, Ottawa Canada.
2018...Visscher KL et al. Painting the Value of Radiology. Oral presentation at the AUR 66th Annual Meeting, Florida USA.
2018...Visscher KL et al. Shining a light on Radiology, how Visual Thinking Strategies can be used to challenge existing stereotypes. Oral presentation at the 2018 Meridith Marks Day, University of Ottawa Canada.
2017...Top 25 voters choice award at the RSNA art forum.
2016...ARRS 2016 art forum winner.
2009...Golden Stethoscope Award, University of Toronto.
2006...Versalius Trust Alan W. Cole Scholarship, Association of Medical Illustrators.
2005...Keith L Moore award for anatomical and conceptual illustration, University of Toronto.

2021...Modportrait Special Edition Catalog.
2021...Figurativas 11th Concurso de Pintura y Escultura, Fundacio de les Arts I els Artistes.
2021...Fine Art Connoisseur. June 2021, volume 18, issue 3.
2020...American Art Collector, Collectors Focus Figurative section in the Dec 2020 issue.
2019...Fine Art Connoisseur, Oct 2019 volume 16 issue 5.
2019...The Guide Artist Magazine. August 2019, Issue 30, pages 118-125.
2019...Visscher KL et al. How can artistic paintings broaden medical students understanding of the Radiology profession. Academic Radiology 2019 volume 26, issue 12, pages 1718 to 1725.
2018...Visscher KL. Painting Plainly. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 190, 34. August 27, 2018.