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I'm Ciléin Kearns, a Doctor and Medical Illustrator drawing from a background in the video games industry to open up medicine. My art features on TV, Public Health campaigns, research publications, books, apps, and posters. I have also led public health and clinical research recruitment campaigns as a Creative Director.

I publish my own research and speak internationally on improving healthcare by combining skills from Entertainment Media and Medicine. To discuss commissioning me for a project, get in touch here.

Medical illustration

I have been fascinated by Plastic & Reconstructive surgery since a project on Cleft Palate repair in medical school. I was hooked after seeing the transformative effect on children and parents as eating and speaking became possible, and they stopped being discriminated by appearance. As an Academic Foundation Doctor I illustrated research and training materials while rotating through Plastic Surgery, Burns, Dermatology, and acute General Surgery. I continue to illustrate new techniques, case reports, and other cutting edge research in the field.

Editorial art

I design editorial art to catch the audience’s eye and inspire curiosity to engage with scientific literature. These conceptual representations of science reward a reader with a second level of meaning after reading the material.

Personal projects

In medical school, instead of writing notes I built mental images of lecture and book content to help me understand and remember concepts. Now I share these with future generations of medical trainees through my ‘Medical Mentalism’ project.


I believe in the power of storytelling for engaging an audience and communicating ideas memorably. Simplification, removal of unhelpful detail, and accentuation of the core information are cornerstones of medical illustration. These tenets blend seamlessly with cartoons and comics, which I have found to be a wonderful medium to express medicine meaningfully.

Posterior forearm anatomy

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If you'd like me to illustrate for you, then get in touch here. 

Some of the wonderful clients I've designed for: