Corine J. Fisher Toomer, PhD is a seasoned healthcare professional and patient advocate currently with a Fortune 500 Company. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Science and Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Dr. Toomer's interest in the intersection of culture and medicine began during her undergraduate studies, but came into full focus as a pharmaceutical professional focused on oncology patient solutions. Over the last 15 years, Corine has focused on oncology in Washington, DC, where African American women face the highest mortality rate in the country due to breast cancer. Her dissertation examined the role of culture in African American women’s breast health decisions and explored ways in which healthcare providers and the healthcare system could better serve Black women. She believes research on African American women’s health issues are especially important and considers it to be a tremendous privilege to listen to and share their voices.
Corine currently resides in Ellicott City, MD with her husband, David. She has two daughters, Davianne and Haley, and a son-in-law, all Penn grads. She has two wonderful grandchildren, Avery and Emerson.
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