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Nov. 7, 2005

Cohen Appointed To Richard G. Lynch Chair In Experimental Pathology

Michael B. Cohen, M.D., professor and head of pathology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the first Dr. Richard G. Lynch Chair in Experimental Pathology.

The chair honors Richard Lynch, M.D., the emeritus Clement T. and Sylvia H. Hanson Family Professor of Immunology and UI professor emeritus of pathology, and was established in recognition of Lynch’s many contributions as an academic leader for the Department of Pathology and the UI Carver College of Medicine. The chair is attached to the departmental headship.

Lynch, an internationally recognized experimental immunologist, was head of pathology at the UI for nearly 20 years. He also served as interim dean of the College of Medicine from 1993 to 1994. Lynch currently is a professor emeritus in the department and continues to teach.

"Dr. Lynch is a valued and influential leader who has served his field, the college and the broader biomedical community with great distinction for well over two decades," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "Dr. Cohen is a distinguished clinician scientist in the same mold. Like Dr. Lynch, he is a national leader in investigative pathology who has made outstanding contributions to research and education. It is most fitting that Michael Cohen has been named to a professorship honoring Richard Lynch."

Cohen is an internationally renowned diagnostic cytopathologist and urologic pathologist. His research on prostate cancer biology involves understanding mechanisms of apoptosis (programmed cell suicide) in prostate cancer. He has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals, including Clinical Cancer Research, and has been a member of the executive board of the American Society of Cytopathology and the council of the American Society of Investigative Pathology.

Cohen received a medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a medical internship at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Subsequently, he also completed a pathology residency and cytology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Cohen joined the UI faculty in 1990 and became head of pathology in 1999.

Lynch received a medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1966 and completed a pathology residency and fellowship at Washington University. His research focused on cancer immunology. He is a past president of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, has served on the board of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and has served as a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health for 25 years.

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