Maria Cornelio is Coordinator of the Spanish/English Translation & Interpretation Major Concentration for the B.A. in Spanish at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is also Assistant Director of the Hunter College Program of Study Abroad in Argentina .
For nearly a decade, she was Director of the Hispanic Resource Center at Columbia University Medical Center , where she directed language-support programs for Spanish-speaking patients in clinical trials and carried out language-competency assessments of bilingual healthcare professionals. During that time, she was also the Spanish-language consultant to the Institutional Review Board of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Ms. Cornelio is a founding member of Kaiser Permanente's National Coalition for Quality Translations in Health Care, and for several years she taught in the translation certificate program at the University of Chicago . She designed “Translation in Healthcare,” one of the country's first courses focusing exclusively on the translation of documents specifically for patients and healthcare consumers, a course which she taught in the translation certificate program at New York University for seven years.
Ms. Cornelio has published extensively on translation topics and conducts continuing-education seminars for professional organizations, such as the American Translators Association and the New York Circle of Translators. She holds a Masters Degree in International Studies. She studied at the University of Seville, Spain, at the University of Poitiers, France, and has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and French from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Ms. Cornelio was born in the Dominican Republic .