As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Jordan J. Cohen, M.D. leads the Association's support and service to the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals. The Washington-based association was founded in 1876, and represents all 125 U.S. medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals, 89 academic and research societies, and more than 160,000 U.S. medical students and residents.
His almost 40-year career in academic medicine has included positions at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Most recently, he 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. In his six-year administration at Stony Brook, Dr. Cohen fostered the Medical Center's development as a regional health care provider and launched an innovative model curriculum that emphasized the changing role of medicine in modern society.
Prior to serving as dean at SUNY-Stony Brook, Dr. Cohen served as professor and associate chairman of Medicine at the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. He has held medical faculty positions at Harvard, Brown, and Tufts universities. Dr. Cohen is also a former president of the medical staff at the New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston.
He has held a wide variety of leadership positions in almost all aspects of academic medicine, including chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as president of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine. A member of the American College of Physicians since 1978, he has served as vice chair of its Board of Regents and chair of its Education Policy Committee; he was awarded a mastership from the college in 1993.
Concurrent with his leadership of the AAMC, Dr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biomedical Research, the China Medical Board, and Research!America, and is a Trustee of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. He is a member of the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1994, Dr. Cohen was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences= Institute of Medicine. He is a member of the board of directors of the China Medical Board of New York.
He 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. He completed a fellowship in nephrology at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. His chief areas of research interest are acid-base metabolism and renal physiology. He is the author of more than 100 publications and is editor of Kidney International's Nephrology Forum.