David F. Dinges, Ph.D.Dr. Dinges is an internationally recognized expert on excessive sleepiness and fatigue; their origins in sleep loss, disturbed sleep and circadian rhythms; their effects on human physiology, neurobehavioral functions, and health; and countermeasures for these effects. He is Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During the past 25 years Dr. Dinges has performed research on the effects of sleep loss and night work on human health and behavior and for the National Institutes of Health; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Space Biomedical Research Institute; the Air Force Office of Scientific Research; and the Department of Transportation. He has served on the Boards of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Sleep Foundation, and he has been President of the Sleep Research Society.
Jordan J. Cohen, M.D.As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Jordan J. Cohen, M.D. leads the Associationís support and service to the nationís 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 Centerís 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 Sciencesí Institute of Medicine. He is a member of the board of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation 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 Internationalís Nephrology Forum.