Professor of Pediatrics and Oncology
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic MedicineDepartment of Health, Behavior, and Society
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Joann Bodurtha is professor of pediatrics and oncology. Her research focuses on improving health and well-being through understanding of and communication about genetic risk, including family history, newborn screening and congenital anomalies, cancer, resource stewardship, ethical practices, and public health.
An author of over 100 scientific articles, book chapters and reviews, she has received the Genetic Alliance Art of Listening award and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Professional Achievement Award. A member of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2000, she served as President of the WISDM (Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine) organization at VCU from 2000-2003.
She received her M.D. and M.P.H. with honors from Yale in 1979. After a year of research at the Nagasaki University School of Medicine as a Luce Scholar, she completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1982 and worked as a USPHS physician on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota from 1982-84. She completed her medical genetics fellowship at VCU in 1987 and is board-certified in pediatrics and medical genetics.