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Maria Cornelio


María Cornelio

Program Coordinator

 Maria Cornelio is Coordinator of the Spanish/English Major Concentration for the B.A. in Translation & Interpretation at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She teaches Introduction to Translation & Interpretation, Translation from Spanish into English, Translation from English into Spanish, and Medical Translation & Interpretation.

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. She has taught in the translation certificate program at the University of Chicago and 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. She was a member of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation CLAS Office task-force that developed the linguistic-competency screening test for the CUNY Medical Interpreter Training Program. She is a Collaborating Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, and was a quality-assurance reviewer for the Spanish Language Study Guide and Glossaries for US Government Websites at She was Cross-Cultural Communication Advisor and a member of the Editorial Group of Apuntes. Ms. Cornelio has published extensively on translation topics and has conducted continuing-education seminars for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Interpreter & Translator Services and for professional organizations such as the United Federation of Teachers, the American Translators Association, and the New York Circle of Translators. She is included in Who’s Who in America (64th Edition, 2010) and the newspaper El Diario chose her for inclusion among its “Mujeres Destacadas/Outstanding Women 2007” for her contributions in the area of English-Spanish communications.

Ms. Cornelio holds a Masters Degree in International Studies. She studied at the University of Seville, Spain, at the University of Poitiers, France, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Spanish and French from Hunter College of the City University of New York.


Ricardo Fernández


Ricardo Fernández holds a master's degree in Spanish and a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies with a minor in English. He is also currently completing his doctoral studies. As Adjunct Lecturer at the City University of New York since 2006, he has been teaching beginning and intermediate Spanish as well as Latin American Civilizations, Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation courses. NYS official Spanish court interpreter for over twelve years and founding member of the Association of Language Interpreters of Greater New York (ALIGNY), he has also been organizing and instructing court interpreting related preparatory workshops for candidates.