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Oct. 9, 2008

Health care policy expert receives 2008 Hansen Award, gives lecture Oct. 17

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has selected health care policy expert Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., as the recipient of the 2008 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship.

Cohen is professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University and president emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). During his 12 years as AAMC president, Cohen helped establish and lead initiatives to improve medical education, research and patient care.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Cohen will present the Hansen Distinguished Lecture, "The Need to Fundamentally Reform America's Health Care Delivery System." His lecture will be held in the Main Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City in conjunction with the 30th Annual Iowa Healthcare Executive Symposium. It is free and open to the public.

During his Oct. 16-17 visit to the UI campus, Cohen will meet with students, faculty, and local and state leaders. On Oct. 16, he will present a special seminar for health sciences students, "Is There Room for Professionalism and Humanism in a Managed Care Environment? How Do We Achieve Some Level of Balance?" The student seminar will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the H. P. Smith Conference Room, W256 General Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Dr. Cohen has been described as academic medicine's 'moral compass,' and he is renowned for his efforts to improve health care services for all Americans," said Susan Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health. "We are extremely pleased to honor him with the 2008 Hansen Leadership Award and look forward to his visit."

Prior to his leadership of the AAMC, Cohen served as dean of the medical school and professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and president of the medical staff at University Hospital.

Currently, Cohen is a director of the Washington Advisory Group and serves as chairman of the board of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. He also serves on the board of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation of New York, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the National Medical Fellowships, the National Library of Medicine, and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science Community Development.

Cohen is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine on the Harvard service at the Boston City Hospital.

The Hansen Award, and an accompanying $10,000 honorarium, is given annually by the College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, high ethical standards, and an enduring commitment to improving health care on a national and international level. The award is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City.

For more information about the Hansen Award visit

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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