Melanie Corbman, MS, CGC
Eastern Regional Medical Center
"All of the things that I was searching for to help my patients could be found here."
- Melanie Corbman, MS, CGC
- American Board of Genetic Counseling
- Master of Science, Genetic Counseling - Arcadia University
Practicing Since: 2005
After several years working with people at high risk for cancer, genetics counselor Melanie Corbman realized that patients coping with a cancer diagnosis need to be empowered. She saw how taking control of diet, exercise, and other areas of life could accomplish this feat, a main reason why she chose to join Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). “All of the things that I was searching for to help my patients could be found here,” says Corbman.
Corbman attended the University of Rochester, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in general science. In 2005, she completed her master’s degree in genetic counseling at Arcadia University, in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She was a cancer genetics counselor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, in Philadelphia, from 2005 to 2010, and then transitioned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2011, Corbman joined CTCA as a cancer genetics counselor.
She has been a diplomat with the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2007, and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the National Society of Genetic Counselors Cancer Special Interest Group, and the Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society. Corbman also works with FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), a national support group for individuals with hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She has presented research on genetic counseling, and her work is also published in academic journals.
At CTCA, Corbman facilitates genetic testing and works with patients to interpret test results, information that may be useful in making treatment and screening decisions. As patients share their family history with her, Corbman assesses the risk of hereditary cancer. Continuing to see patients after her work with them is completed has been a particularly rewarding part of her experience at CTCA. “I enjoy following their progress and continuing to be helpful to them and their families,” says Corbman.
Outside of her work at CTCA, Corbman also enjoys contra dancing, swimming, walking, and cooking. Most recently, she’s been practicing photography, an art that is also helping her explore the sites of Philadelphia.