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.