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Mourning the loss of Milton Corn, MD, Deputy Director for Research and Education, NLM

February 10, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Milton Corn, M.D., FACP, FACMI, Deputy Director for Research and Education. Dr. Corn worked at NLM for more than 30 years. He died on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Dr. Corn joined NLM in 1990 as Director of the Extramural Programs Division, with responsibility for all aspects of NLM's grant programs and remained in that role until 2009 when he assumed the position of Deputy Director for Research and Education. 

As the Deputy Director for Research and Education, Dr. Corn was the principal medical advisor on research and development and medical education priorities for NLM, where he provided direction and advice on the full range of NLM's intramural and extramural research portfolio. He creatively modified NLM’s Training Program in Biomedical Informatics to keep pace with developments in biomedical computing.

“Dr. Corn left an indelible mark at NLM — from his significant contributions to our research and grants programs to his outstanding leadership and wonderful sense of humor,” said NLM Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.”

Prior to his service at NLM, Dr. Corn served as Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Medical Director of Georgetown University Hospital and Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Corn was a graduate of Yale College and Yale Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Harvard University's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and a fellowship in hematology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Corn will be remembered for his lifelong commitment to education and research and his many contributions to the National Library of Medicine and the broader biomedical informatics community.


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