Professor Perkins graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and pursued graduate training in vertebrate paleontology and anatomy at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Rochester. He then studied medical illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), receiving the Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. He returned to RIT to join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Medical Illustration. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Anatomy for the Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Prof. Perkins has illustrated over a dozen medical books including Robbins' Pathologic Basis of Disease and the 28th edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. He received a Certificate of Merit in the Medical Book category from the Association of Medical Illustrators for his work on Netter's Atlas of Human Physiology.