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Release: Sept. 23, 1999
University of Iowa College of Medicine names new pathology
IOWA CITY, Iowa Michael B. Cohen, M.D., University
of Iowa professor of pathology and urology, has been named the new head of
the department of pathology.
Cohen's appointment becomes effective Nov. 1. He replaces
Richard G. Lynch, M.D., who has led the department since 1981.
"I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Cohen's abilities
and talents," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine.
"I am sure that the department will continue to prosper and that it will further
enhance its excellent record of scholarship and service under his leadership."
Cohen joined the UI faculty in 1990, becoming a full
professor in 1996. Prior to his arrival at the UI, he served as an assistant
professor first at Columbia University in New York City and then at University
of California, San Francisco. Cohen received his bachelor's degree from Haverford
College in Haverford, Pa. He earned his M.D. from Albany Medical College in
Cohen's research interests center on investigating
prostate cancer using various immunologic and molecular approaches to study.
He has several ongoing projects, including an in-depth study of programmed
cell death (apoptosis) as a potential avenue of therapy. His work is broadly
funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the
UI Cancer Center.
In addition to his research, Cohen serves on the editorial
boards of several journals and has contributed significant amounts of time
reviewing grant applications for the NIH, VA and the Department of Defense.
He has also been active with various professional societies, including the
Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists and the Scientific
Program Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology.
"I look forward to working with the faculty and staff
of the department and building on the excellent foundation developed by Dr.
Lynch as we bring the department into the next century," Cohen said.
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