Medical College was first established in Myanmar in 1924-25. At that time, the classes were taught at the temporary wooden buildings in the Rangoon (now Yangon) General Hospital compound. The first Principal of the Rangoon (Yangon) Medical College was Col. LAH Lack, and he taught both anatomy and physiology. Teaching of basic science subjects, including the Anatomy, was moved to the new Medical College building (current Lanmadaw Campus of University of Medicine 1, Yangon) in 1929.
During World War II, teaching of medical sciences was temporarily stopped in 1942. After the end of World War II, the Rangoon (Yangon) University was reopened and the Medical College became Faculty of Medicine under the Rangoon University.
In 1964, with the establishment of the new education system, the Faculty of Medicine became the Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon. The Department of Anatomy, Institute of Medicine 1 moved to former Engineering College buildings on Pyay Road (now University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Pyay Campus) in 1971.
The master degree for anatomy (M.Sc Anatomy) course was first opened in 1971 in Institute of Medicine 1, Yangon. The title of the degree changed to M.Med.Sc (Anatomy) in 1977. In 1990’s two staff members of department of Anatomy, UM1, obtained PhD from japan through the Monbushu Scholarship program. In 1999, one staff member obtained PhD (Honorary) degree, and first PhD course in Anatomy was opened with four candidates in the same year.
|No||Name||Graduate||From - To|
|1||Lt Col L H Lack||MBChB, INS||1924-1939|
|2||Lt Col J H Barrett||1939 – 1949|
|3||Lt Col G M Irvirie|
|4||Dr Tan Kenghoon|
|5||Dr H N Dass|
|6||Prof D R Lewis||MBBS, FRCS||1948 – 1959|
|7||Prof H Zaw Tun||MBBS, Ph D (St Andrews)||1959 – 1967|
|8||Prof Tin Maung||MBBS, Ph D (St Andrews)||1967 – 1983|
|9||Prof Khin Maung Sein||MBBS, Ph D (Liverpool)||1983 – 1985|
|10||Prof Maung Maung Nyo||MBBS, Ph D (London), MA|
|1985 – 1998|
|11||Prof Aye Cho||MBBS, MMed Sc(Anatomy) PhD (Hon)||1998 – 1999|
|12||Prof Nilar Shwe||MBBS, MMed Sc(Anatomy) PhD (Hon||1999 2008|
|13||Prof.Saw Ai Yong||MBBS,Dip Med Edu, MMed Sc(Anatomy) PhD (Yan)||2008-2013|
|14||Prof.Than Than Win||MBBS,Dip Med Edu, MMed Sc(Anatomy) PhD (Yan)||2013-2014|
|15||Prof.Khin Thida||MBBS,Dip Med Edu, MMed Sc(Anatomy) PhD||2014-2016|
|16||Prof.Myint San Nwe||MBBS,Dip Med Edu, MMed Sc (Anatomy) PhD||2016-2019|
|17||Prof. Khin Thanda||MBBS, MMedSc (Anatomy), PhD, Dip. Med. Ed.||2019 to date|