Dr. Cornelius is a board-certified dermatologist who enjoys caring for patients with general medical dermatologic problems of the skin, hair and nails. She focuses on comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and skin disease, investigating underlying systemic causes and prevention where applicable.
This article is featured in the May, 2015 edition of “Williamsburg’s Next Door Neighbors” on page 51, available here as PDF. by Greg Lilly, Editor Dr. Donna Corvette practiced internal medicine before she decided to specialize in dermatology. “There is a tremendous overlap between skin and internal medicine,” she explains. “The skin is a window to internal problems of the human body. A dermatologist is trained to look at a person’s skin to determine if the rash is due to autoimmune disease, medications, internal organ dysfunction, cancer, genetic disorders. The list of possibilities is extensive. I’m glad I trained in both internal medicine and dermatology. The extra training allows me to have an understanding of the entire body and enables a ‘root cause/integrative’ approach to medicine versus approaching the skin and the inner workings of the body separately.” Her childhood experiences led to her decision to become a physician and teacher. Dr. Corvette’s father worked for IBM and took the family to different parts of the country. Around the age of six, she and her family settled in Rockville, Maryland. She always had a passion for learning and for teaching. Even at a very young age, she was an entrepreneur. […]
BY DONNA CORVETTE, M.D. It was 1984, I was an enthusiastic young woman with a passion for healing, learning and an absolute thirst for knowledge. My dream was to become a physician, and I became an internist in 1991 and a dermatologist in 1997. Over the years, I began to notice an increase in the numbers of patients diagnosed with cardiovascular/cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, allergies, internal cancers, attention deficit disorders, autoimmune diseases, and Vitamin D deficiency. I questioned this trend and began my search for answers but could not find them in my medical journals or at my medical conferences. At my last dermatology conference, there was a lecture linking Vitamin D deficiency to creating a variety of ills. Silly, I thought; why make Vitamin D deficiency the scapegoat. To me, it had to be the worsening Standard American diet (SAD diet) and our increasing environmental toxins. I pondered how the human body eventually responds to a sedentary lifestyle filled with processed man-made “foods” with dyes, preservatives, plastics, teflon, unhealthy oils, genetically modified food, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, chronic exposures to cell phones, computers and microwaves, overuse of antibiotics, and hormones. I found that there are those who agree that our […]
Congratulations to Dr. Donna Corvette, M.D. for being voted by Virginia Living readers as one of the best dermatologists in Eastern Virginia. Over 25, 000 readers participated in Virginia Living Magazine’s annual survey to find the best of the best in Virginia. Dr. Corvette is deeply honored for the outpouring of support shown by her patients and community. Thanks for making Dr. Corvette one of the best in Virginia for 2013!
Going to see Dr. Corvette was a decision I made that may have just saved my life. I had a dark and purplish spot on my ear that looked funny to me. I went to see my family doctor and she gave me a list of Dermatologists to try to get an appointment with. Lucky for me I chose the right one, Dr. Donna Corvette.