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Release: Sept. 23, 1999

University of Iowa College of Medicine names new pathology head

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 Albany, N.Y.

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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