Marlene Corton, MD, is a member of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Corton was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States when she was 16. Fluent in Spanish, she learned to speak English after arriving in this country and understands the challenges her patients face with English as a second language.

Graduating from Cook College, Rutgers University with a major in biochemistry, she attended the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. After receiving her medical degree, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern in 1998, followed by a preceptorship in urogynecology and urodynamics with Dr. Joseph Schaffer.

Dr. Corton is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

Pursuing her medical school passion for anatomy, she has developed and directs a nationally recognized, cadaveric pelvic anatomy training program. Designed specifically for obstetrician-gynecologists, the program trains both residents and fellows in minimally invasive techniques as well as complex pelvic reconstructive procedures in the anatomy lab and at the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Corton sees patients in the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery offices at UT Southwestern.  She specializes in female pelvic organ disorders including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. She has a special interest in minimally invasive approaches to complex reconstructive surgical procedures, including laparoscopic procedures with and without DaVinci Robot assistance.

She also has a special interest in anal incontinence and defecatory dysfunction, and offers women a wide array of anal physiology testing such as endoanal sonography and anal manometry.

Following a thorough evaluation, Dr. Corton discusses the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with her patients to determine the management strategy that best meets her patients’ needs and lifestyles.


Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1994)
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1995), Obstetrics & Gynecology
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1998), Obstetrics & Gynecology

Research Interest

  • Development of a laparoscopy course
  • Development of a pelvic anatomy and cadaver dissection course for Ob/Gyn residents and fellows.
  • Investigation of the Histological Properties of the Rectovaginal Septum of Fresh Cadavers
  • Patient Oriented Research Program


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effects of a comprehensive anatomy course on residents performance on CREOG exam scores
Corton M, Boreham M, Wai C, Schaffer J, Congleton M, Coleman RL Presented at: APGO-CREOG meeting, Anaheim, CA March 2003
A comprehensive pelvic dissection course improves obstetrics and gynecology resident proficiency in surgical anatomy
Corton M, Wai C, Vakili B, Boreham M, Schaffer J, Coleman RL Presented at: APGO-CREOG meeting, Anaheim, CA March 2003
Female Urinary Incontinence
Schaffer JI, Corton M, Nihira M Dallas Medical Journal 2002 88 169-74
Complete colpocleisis: experience at a teaching hospital
Webster G, Corton M, Boreham MK, Schaffer JI Presented at: Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL March 2001

Honors & Awards

  • APGO/Ortho-McNeil Faculty Development Award
  • Council for Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education
  • UT Southwestern Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
  • Senior Resident Outstanding Teaching Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Urogynecologic Society
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery