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Joann Norma Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Professor of Genetic Medicine


Genetics and Inherited Diseases , Pediatrics, Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL)

Research Interests

Genetic medicine

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-3071
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-955-2000


Dr. Joann Bodurtha is a professor of pediatrics and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a visiting professor in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Dr. Bodurtha is co-director of the regional genetics and newborn screening collaborative NYMAC and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Board #1.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Bodurtha was a professor of human and molecular genetics at VCU, where she had faculty appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health.

She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1974 and 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 to 1984. She completed her medical genetics fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1987 and is board-certified in pediatrics and medical genetics. Dr. Bodurtha joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2011.

At VCU, Dr. Bodurtha helped start the Masters in Genetic Counseling program in 1990 and the Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program in 1995. She served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health for ten years. She was the Richmond YMCA Woman of the Year in Science and Medicine in 1997. She received the VCU School of Medicine first Innovation in Teaching Award in 1999, the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006, the Genetic Alliance Art of Listening Award in 2008, the AUCD Professional Achievement Award in 2009, and the VCU WISDM Professional Achievement Award in 2010. 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 to 2003.

She has written more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews and supervised more than 100 graduate students. more


  • Professor of Genetic Medicine
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD MPH, Yale School of Medicine (1979)


  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia / Pediatrics (1982)


  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System / Clinical Genetics (1987)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics / Clinical Genetics / MD (1987)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1984)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Bodurtha’s 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.

Selected Publications

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Bodurtha J, Strauss JF. "Genomics and perinatal care." N Engl J Med. 2012 Jan 5;366(1):64-73. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1105043.

Activities & Honors


  • Professional Achievement Award, VCU WISDM, 2010
  • Professional Achievement Award, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, 2009
  • Art of Listening Award, Genetic Alliance, 2008
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 2006
  • Innovation in Teaching Award, VCU School of Medicine, 1999
  • Woman of the Year in Science and Medicine, Richmond YMCA, 1997
  • Luce Scholar, Henry Luce Foundation

Professional Activities

  • Co-director, New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetics and Newborn Screening Services, Albany, NY
  • Member, Institutional Review Board #1, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • President, WISDM, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2000
  • Member, Committee on Native American Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2000, Richmond, VA

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