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Terri Lynn Cornelison, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


Gynecology and Obstetrics


Dr. Terri Cornelison is assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her areas of clinical expertise include the prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Dr. Cornelison’s primary appointment is at the National Institutes of Health, where she serves as Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). Dr. Cornelison previously served as Acting Chief and Program Director of the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group of the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute. Since 1995, Dr. Cornelison has served in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and was promoted to Captain (grade O-6) in 2008.  She has twenty-four years’ experience in clinical medicine, twenty years’ experience in academic medicine and eighteen years of public health experience. Dr. Cornelison has performed more than 300 major surgical procedures and has taken care of more than 600 women with gynecologic cancer.

Dr. Cornelison received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular oncology from George Washington University. She completed her medical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and performed a clinical fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 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. She was the first Gynecologic Cancer Foundation/National Cancer Institute Research Fellow. Dr. Cornelison joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998.

Dr. Cornelison's research interests include the early detection of ovarian cancer and the chemoprevention of endometrial cancer. She has also developed trials for the prevention of cervical cancer in women with an increased risk for the disease and helped to facilitate the development of HPV vaccines into clinical trials. Dr. Cornelison has published numerous manuscripts in gynecologic oncology involving ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, HPV and radiation-induced fibrosis.  

Dr. Cornelison is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. She also serves as an advisory member to the Cancer Prevention and Control Committee and to the Vaccine Sub-Committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Dr. Cornelison has been an invited peer reviewer for Gynecologic Oncology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Women’s Health and New England Medical Journal. She has been recognized with the National Institutes of Health Merit Award (2012) for exemplary leadership in expanding research on cancers in women.  


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The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 1995 2007
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow, 1999 present
Commissioned Officers Association of the United States Public Health Service, 1996 1998, 2006 2008
American Association for Cancer Research, 1990 1992, 1996 1998
Medical Society of the District of Columbia, 1990 1992
American Medical Womens Association, 1987 1989
American Medical Association, 1984 1985
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  • Education +


    • George Washington University (Washington DC ) (2000)
    • Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven CT ) (1985)


    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Obstetrics and Gynecology (Boston MA ) (1989)


    • National Cancer Institute - NIH / Gynecologic Oncology (Bethesda MD ) (1999)
    • Roswell Park Cancer Institute / Gynecologic Oncology (Buffalo NY ) (1995)
    • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences / Molecular Biology (Bethesda MD ) (1993)
    • National Cancer Institute - NIH (Bethesda MD ) (1992)


    • Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2015)
    • Gynecologic Oncology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Graebe RA, Oelsner G, Cornelison TL, Pan S, Haseltine FP, DeCherney AH. An animal study of different treatments to prevent postoperative adhesions. Microsurgery 1989; 10:53-55.

    Cornelison TL, Reed E. Dose intensity analysis of high dose carboplatin in refractory ovarian carcinoma relative to age and clinical response. Cancer 1993; 71(2 Suppl):650-655.

    Lee KB, Parker RJ, Bohr V, Cornelison TL, Reed E. Cisplatin sensitivity/resistance in UV-repair deficient chinese hamster ovary cells of complementation groups 1 and 3. Carcinogenesis 1993; 14:2177-2180.

    Reed E, Janik J, Bookman MA, Rothenberg M, Smith J, Young RC, Ozols RF, VanderMolen L, Kohn E, Jacob JL, Cornelison TL. High dose carboplatin and recombinant granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in advanced stage recurrent ovarian cancer. J Clin Oncol 1993; 11:2118-2126.

    Cornelison TL, Baker TR, Piver MS, Driscoll DL. Cisplatin, adriamycin, etoposide, megestrol acetate (PAV-M) versus melphalan, 5-fluorouracil, medroxyprogesterone acetate (MFP) in the treatment of endometrial carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol 1995; 59:243-248.

    Cornelison TL, Goldberg JM, Piver MS. Taxol and platinum chemotherapy in the treatment of pancreatic and jejunal carcinoma. J Surg Oncol 1995; 59:204-208.

    Cornelison TL, Natarajan N, Piver MS, Mettlin CL. Tubal ligation and the risk of ovarian carcinoma. Cancer Detect Prev 1997; 21:1-6.

    Cornelison TL, Trimble EL, Kosary CL. SEER data, corpus uteri cancer: treatment trends versus survival for FIGO stage II, 1988-1994. Gynecol Oncol 1999; 74:350-355.

    Del Carmen MG, Montz FJ, Bristow RE, Bovicelli A, Cornelison TL, Trimble EL. Ethnic differences in patterns of care of stage IA1 and stage IA2 cervical cancer: a SEER data base study. Gynecol Oncol 1999; 75:113-117.

    Montz FJ, Farber FL, Bristow RE, Cornelison TL. Impact of increasing Papanicolaou test sensitivity and compliance: a modeled cost and outcomes analysis. Obstet Gynecol 2001; 97:781-788.

    Cornelison TL, Montz FJ, Bristow RE, Chou B, Bovicelli A, Zeger SL. Decreased incidence of cervical cancer in medicare-eligible California women. Obstet Gynecol 2002; 100:79-86.

    Trimble EL, Schoenfeldt M, Cornelison TL, Wright J, Kolker A, Christian M. Clinical trials referral resource. Clinical trials in ovarian cancer; part 1. Oncology (Huntington) 2002; 16:1498-1499, 1504, 1506-1507.

    Trimble EL, Schoenfeldt M, Cornelison TL, Wright J, Kolker A, Christian M. Clinical trials referral resource, Clinical trials in ovarian cancer; part 2. Oncology (Huntington) 2002; 16:1660-1662, 1665-1667.

    Trimble EL, Schoenfeldt M, Streicher H, Guis D, Cornelison TL. Clinical trials referral resource. Clinical trials in cervical cancer. Oncology (Huntington) 2003; 17:84-89.

    Trimble EL, Schoenfeldt M, Cornelison TL. Clinical trials referral resource. Clinical trials in endometrial cancer. Oncology (Huntington) 2003; 17:238-240, 244, 249.

    Spitzer M, Wilkinson EJ, Ferris D, Waxman AG, Hatch KD, Werner C, Bibbo M, Colgan TJ, Cornelison T, Partridge EE. Management of women with cervical cytologic results interpreted as low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion: the foundation of the ASCCP guidelines. J Low Genit Tract Dis 2003; 7:241-249.

    Okunieff P, Augustine E, Hicks JE, Cornelison TL, Altemus RM, Naydich BG, Ding I, Huser AK, Abraham EH, Smith JJ, Coleman N, Gerber LH. Pentoxifylline in the treatment of radiation-induced fibrosis. J Clin Oncol 2004; 22:2207-2213.

    Okunieff P, Cornelison TL, Mester M, Liu W, Ding I, Chen Y, Zhang H, Williams JP, Finkelstein J. Mechanism and modification of gastrointestinal soft tissue response to radiation: role of growth factors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2005; 62:273-278.
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  • Activities & Honors +


    National Cancer Institute, Outstanding Contribution to the 2005 Hurricane Relief Effort
    Gynecologic Cancer Foundation/National Cancer Institute Research Fellowship,
    Inaugural Fellow and Grant Recipient, 1995-1997
    National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, 1995-1997
    Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship, National Merit/Achievement, 1977-1981
    Hannah E. Longshore Scholarship, Yale University School of Medicine, 1982
    Belle and Herman Hammerman Scholarship, March of Dimes, 1982
    Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Best Clinical Research Report, 1995

    Professional Activities

    Progressed from intramural research fellow, gained independence in the laboratory, moved extramurally to program director in community oncology, simultaneously completed Ph.D. in oncology and transitioned to program director, gynecologic oncology
    2008: Promoted to Captain (grade O-6) United States Public Health Service
    1999-present: Program Director, Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute
    1998-present: Faculty, Gynecologic Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bethesda, MD
    2002-present: Clinical Consultant, Gynecology Consult Service, NIH Clinical Center
    First Gynecologic Cancer Foundation/National Cancer Institute Research Fellow, 1995-1998
    Second gynecologic oncologist to hold permanent tenure equivalent position at NCI, 1998
    Published numerous manuscripts in gynecologic oncology including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), radiation-induced fibrosis
    Lectured extensively on risk factors, early detection, and prevention of gynecologic malignancies; genetics of gynecologic malignancies; and on HPV vaccines
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