Melissa Cornish

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Melissa A. Cornish, MSPH

Project Manager

Ms. Cornish is a Project Manager with the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute and is based in the Duke-Kannapolis office, where she works closely with Duke leadership and faculty, operational leaders, and study staff to identify and support prospective research and strategic opportunities for growing the translational population health portfolio, support the start-up and implementation of new research studies, and engage in broader CTSI initiatives at Duke.

Ms. Cornish’s history with Duke dates back to 2008, when she joined the then-Duke Translational Research Institute and was one of the first employees for Duke’s Kannapolis location that initiated the MURDOCK Study and local operations. She joined Duke from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where she served as Senior Research Analyst. She and her staff of analysts provided senior leadership with business development support and competitive intelligence to better position the Institute for future funding strategies. Ms. Cornish also worked as a Social Research Associate with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. While there, she contributed to several large-scale national evaluations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Cornish received a master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis on health policy analysis from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health.