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Virginia L. Corson, M.S.

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Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


Dr. Virginia Corson’s primary research and clinical interests are prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies and in utero stem cell therapy, and she has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and abstracts on these topics.

Dr. Corson works through the Prenatal Diagnostic Center to provide genetic testing and counseling for couples concerned about their family history of abnormalities, or with previous ultrasound findings. She also helps provide support and specialty referrals to couples when a fetal abnormality is detected. 

Dr. Corson earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s of science in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1975. She has served in leadership positions for several professional organizations including the National Society of Genetics Counselors, the American Society of Human Genetics, the American College of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She has also taken leadership roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital, serving on the Perinatal Loss Advisory Board, the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Advisory Committee, the Gene Clinic Advisory Board and as co-leader of the Beyond Prenatal Choice regional support group.

Her work has been recognized with the National Foundation March of Dimes fellowship in 1974, the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award in 1997 and the Mildred Hairston Service Excellence Award in 2006. more


  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics



  • B.A., Princeton University (New Jersey) (1974)
  • M.S., Sarah Lawrence College (New York) (1975)

Additional Training

  • American Board of Medical Genetics

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Corson, V.L., and Kazazian, H.H.: Unadjusted carrier frequency for community screening programs. Letter to the Editor, Am. J. Hum. Gen. 30(2):227, 1978.

Swint, J.M., Shapiro, J.M., Corson, V.L., Reynolds, L.W., Thomas, G.H., and Kazazian, H.H.: The economic returns to community and hospital screening programs for a genetic disease. Preven. Med. 8:463-470, 1979.

Stetten G., Sroka-Zachek, B., and Corson, V.L.: Prenatal detection of an accessory chromosome identified as an inversion duplication (15). Hum. Genet. 57:357-359, 1981.

Johnson, T.R.B., Corson, V.L., Payne, P.A., and Stetten, G.: Late prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 18 associated with severe intrauterine growth retardation. The Johns Hopkins Med. J. 151(5):242-245, 1982.

Corson, V.L., Sanders, R.C., Johnson, T.R.B., and Winn, K.J.: Midtrimester fetal ultrasound: diagnostic dilemmas. Prenatal Diag. 3:47-51, 1983.

Graham, D., Tracey, J., Winn, K., Corson, V., and Sanders, R.C.: Early second trimester diagnosis of achondrogenesis. J. Clin. Ultra. 11:336-338, 1983.

Stetten, G., Sroka, B., Corson, V.L., and Boehm, C.D.: Prenatal detection of an unstable ring 21 chromosome associated with an apparently normal phenotype. Hum. Genet. 68:310-313, 1984.

Stetten, G., Sroka, B., Norbury-Glaser, M., and Corson, V.L.: Fragile site in chromosome 12 in a patient with two miscarriages. Am. J. Med. Genet. 31:521-525, 1988.

Corson, V.L. and Blakemore, K: Prenatal Diagnosis of Huntington's Disease. Contemporary OB/GYN 33(1):19-26, 1989.

Reddy, K.S., Blakemore, K.J., Stetten, G., and Corson V.: The significance of trisomy 7 mosaicism in chorionic villus cultures. Prenatal Diag. 10:417-423, 1990.

Corson, V.L.: Genetic counseling - who should be referred? The Female Patient 18: 29-35, 1993.

Baumbach, B.J., Moser, H.W., Blakemore, K.J., Corson, V.L., et. al.: Engraftment following in utero bone marrow transplantation for globoid cell leukodystrophy. Bone Marrow Transp 19:399-402, 1997.

Blakemore, K.J., Moser, H.W., Corson, V.L., et. al.: An update on in utero bone marrow transplantation for Krabbe disease. J. Molec. Neuroscience 13(3): 238-239, 1999.

South, S.T., Corson, V.L., McMichael, J.L., Blakemore, K.J. and Stetten, G.: Prenatal detection of an interstitial deletion in 4p15 in a fetus with an increased nuchal skin fold measurement. Fetal Diag. Ther. 20:58-63, 2005.

Aina-Mumuney, A., Wood, E.D., Corson, V.L., Stetten, G., Jari, S., Boehm, C.D. and Blakemore, K.J.: Clinical consequences of an increasing trend of preferential use of cultured villi for molecular diagnosis by CVS. Prenatal Diag. 28:332-334, 2008.

Henderson, L.B., Corson, V.L., Saul, D.O., Anderson, C., Millard, S., Batista, D.A.S., Blakemore, K.J. and DeScipio, C.: Diagnosis of holoprosencephaly secondary to a ring chromosome 7. Case Reports in Genetics 2013, Article ID 578202, 2013

Activities & Honors


  • National Foundation-March of Dimes Fellowship
  • Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award
  • Mildred Hairston Service Excellence Award


  • National Society of Genetic Counselors, 1978
  • American Society of Human Genetics, 1975
  • American College of Medical Genetics, 1993
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling, 1993
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