Clesson Edwin Turner


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Genomic Medicine Implementation
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Institution: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Certification: Fellow, Clinical and Clinical Molecular Genetics
Dates: Jul, 2006-Jun, 2009

Institution: National Capital Consortium (NCC)
Certification: Internship and Residency in Pediatrics
Dates: Jul, 1999-Jun, 2002

Institution: University of Vermont, School of Medicine Burlington, VT
Degree: Medical Doctor
Dates: 1995-1999

Institution: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Degree: B.S. Science Pre-Professional
Dates: 1991-1995


Clesson Turner, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Clesson Turner, MD, PhD is a pediatrcian , clinical geneticist, and clinical-molecular geneticist at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is particularly interested in implementation of genomic medicine in the military health system. Prior to retiring from the Army, Dr. Turner served as the Chief of Genetics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Director of Cancer Genetics at the Murtha Cancer Center. He is currently the deputy Director of the Uniformed Services University initiative in precision medicine, PRIMER (Precision Medicine for Military Education and Research).

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Aug 2014-Jun 2019 Chief, Genetics Clinical Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Aug 2009-June 2014 Assistant Chief, Genetics Clinical Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Aug 2011-Jun 2019 Director, Cancer Genetics Service, Murtha Cancer Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Jun 2004-May 2006 DISCOM Surgeon, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC

Jun 2010-Jan 2011 Squadron Surgeon, 4th Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

Mar 2003-Aug 2003 Forward Support Battalion Surgeon, Charlie Company, 307th Logistics Task Force, 82nd Airborne Division, Kandahar, Afghanistan


Hellwig LD, Turner C, O'Neill SC. Patient-Centered Care and Genomic Medicine: A Qualitative Provider Study in the Military Health System. J Genet Couns. 2019 Jun.

Lee J, Darcy K, Hu H, Casablanca Y, Dalgard C, Freymann J, Hanlon S, Huang G, Kvecher L, Maxwell G, Meng F, Moncur J, Turner C, Wells J, Wilkerson M, Zhu K, Ramoni R, Shriver C. From Discovery to Practice and Survivorship: Building a National Real-World Data Learning Healthcare Framework for Military and Veteran Cancer Patients. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2019 Mar.

Hellwig LD, Turner CE, Manolio TA, Haigney M, James CA, Murray B, Szpisjak DF, Muldoon S, Estrada-Veras J, Krokosky A, De Castro MJ. Return of Secondary Findings in Genomic Sequencing: Military Implications. Mol Geneti Genomic Med. 2018 Sep; 00:1-4.

De Castro MJ, Turner CE. Military genomics: a perspective on the successes and challenges of genomic medicine in the Armed Services. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2017 Nov; 5(6):617-620.

De Castro M, Biesecker LG, Turner C, Brenner R, Witkop C, Mehlman M, Bradburne C, Green R. Genomic Medicine in the Military. Genomic Medicine 2016 (1), Epub Jan 2016

Blackburn HL, Schroeder B, Turner C, Shriver CD, Ellsworth DL, Ellsworth RE. Management of Incidental Findings in the Era of Next-generation Sequencing. Curr Genomics. 2015 Jun; 16(3):159-74

Biesecker LG, Mullikin JC, Facio FM, Turner C, Cherukuri PF, Blakesley RW, Bouffard GG, Chines PS, Cruz P, Hansen NF, Teer JK, Maskeri B, Young AC; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Manolio TA, Wilson AF, Finkel T, Hwang P, Arai A, Remaley AT, Sachdev V, Shamburek R, Cannon RO, Green ED. The ClinSeq Project: piloting large-scale genome sequencing for research in genomic medicine. Genome Research. 2009 Sep; 19(9):1665-74.