Duke University School of Nursing Names Cohen Honorary Alumnus

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) for his partnership and dedication to advancing the work of the School of Nursing. One of the world’s leading experts in geriatric oncology, Dr. Cohen is the Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine, director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and a professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. He will be recognized as an Honorary Alumnus during a ceremony from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012, in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

"Dr. Cohen’s long history of collaboration with the School of Nursing has accelerated the School’s leadership in research and educational activities related to aging. Since the early 1990s, he has mentored junior members of our faculty in their research careers,” said Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs. “As a senior member of Duke’s medical faculty, he served us in an advisory capacity as we developed and implemented the School’s promotion and tenure process.”

During his more than forty years on Duke’s faculty, Dr. Cohen helped establish the Division of Geriatrics and served as interim chair and chair of the Department of Medicine, founding chief of the Division of Geriatrics, and director of the Durham Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. He directs Duke’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, a National Institutes of Health-funded all-university program focused on improving the functional independence of older adults. From 2001 to 2005, he served as a member of the School of Nursing Faculty Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Committee.

In 2009, Dr. Cohen was honored with the Paul Calabresi Award from the Society of International Oncology and Geriatrics and in 2010, received the B. J. Kennedy Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for his role in establishing the discipline of geriatric oncology. Last year, the Duke Medical Alumni Association recognized him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.Dr. Cohen served as president of both the American Geriatrics Society and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and he chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging. He also is a Fellow of the GSA. He currently serves as chair of the Cancer in the Elderly Committee for the Cancer and Acute Leukemia Group B.Dr. Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in New York and a medical degree from the College of Medicine at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He completed an internship and residency in medicine and a hematology-oncology fellowship at Duke.

About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 800 individuals enrolled for Spring 2012 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.

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