Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Terri L. Cornelison, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Associate Director for Clinical Research
Terri L. Cornelison, M.D., Ph.D., joined ORWH in 2013. Prior to ORWH, Dr. Cornelison served as Program Director and Former Acting Chief of the the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group of the Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute. She is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist. Dr. Cornelisonís broad experience includes a research background in molecular and cellular oncology; basic science laboratory experience; clinical and academic medicine experience; and administrative experience. In her current position as ORWH Associate Director for Clinical Research, Dr. Cornelison leads an inaugural team of medical officer staff in a scientific effort to strengthen and enhance research related to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women.
Dr. Cornelison received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her M.D. from Yale University, and her Ph.D. from The George Washington University. She completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, and her clinical fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo. Dr. Cornelison has also completed three research fellowships: two at the National Cancer Institute, and one at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Cornelison currently holds an academic appointment at the Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine where she leads residents and fellow physicians in the clinical and surgical care of gynecologic oncology patients.
Dr. Cornelison is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service and serves as Deputy Director, Medical Services Branch and Lead Provider on the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) 1 Team. This RDF team mission is to set-up and run 250- to 300- bed field medical hospitals during national disasters. Dr. Cornelison is responsible for all physicians, nurse practitioners, and physicianís assistants on these medical missions. Dr. Cornelison was deployed to hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Sandy, where she served with distinction, and received several awards for proficiency beyond expectation and outstanding leadership.