A champion for education in the Cleveland community, Dr. Corttrell Kinney logs countless hours each year volunteering to help students in greater Cleveland by tutoring and mentoring. Born to a single mother in Cleveland, Dr. Kinney is striving to create a legacy of education, leadership and mentorship.
A 1997 graduate of John Hay High School, Dr. Kinney left as one of 105 graduates from a freshman class of over 800 students. Only 20 students attended college and Dr. Kinney was one of them. He went on to college with the help of the Jimmy Malone Scholarship. He graduated from Morehouse College, magna cum laude, in 2001 with a degree in biology. Dr. Kinney’s deep interest in science led him to graduate school. He is completing his doctoral degree in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Kinney is active in the community as part of the John Hay High School – Cleveland School of Science and Medicine (board of trustees) , Horizon Science Academy – Cleveland (advisory board), vice president of Young A.D.U.L.T.S., mentor with the B.R.I.C.K program at Martin L. King, Jr. and East High School, tutor at Shaw High School (health science program), tutor at the Saturday Tutoring Program (Church of the Covenant/ Case Western Reserve University Partnership), volunteer at Singleton Nursing Home and president of the Minority Graduate Student Organization at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Kinney is also vice president of Concerned Partners in Education. Dr. Kinney is a personal mentor and life development coach for more than 25 high school and college youth from the Greater Cleveland area through a program called Develop Our Youth.
Dr. Kinney recently started The Corttrell Kinney Scholarship Fund through the Cleveland Scholarship Programs. He has also been instrumental in setting up The Basheer Jones Foundation, which aims to inspire and empower youth.
Dr. Kinney has won numerous awards and scholarships. He was a CAVS/ FIRST MERIT Scholar, Rudolph and Grete Trenkle Scholar, Elks Club Scholar, Rotary Club of Cleveland Scholar, Jimmy, April and Angela Malone Scholar (College Now Greater Cleveland), Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and a National Institute of Health Training Fellow.
Dr. Kinney does research at The Cleveland Clinic in the lab of Dr. Paul E. DiCorleto at the Lerner Research Institute. Dr. Kinney’s work focuses on the regulation of vascular development in disease states such as cancer and atherosclerosis.