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2018 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Marvin R. Dunn Keynote Address

Looking at the Road Ahead through the Rearview Mirror

Jordan J. Cohen, MD, MACP


Jordan J. Cohen, MD is President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, and Emeritus Professor of Medicine, George Washington School of Medicine.

As President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2006, Dr. Cohen led the AAMC’s support and service to the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. He launched new initiatives in each of the AAMC’s mission areas of education, research, and patient care; expanded and modernized the AAMC’s services for medical students, applicants, residents, and constituents; strengthened the AAMC’s communications, advocacy, and data gathering efforts, and established many initiatives for improving medical education and clinical care. As the voice of academic medicine for more than a decade, Dr. Cohen also spoke extensively on the need to promote greater racial and ethnic diversity in medicine, to uphold professional and scientific values, and to transform the nation’s health care system.

Prior to his leadership of the AAMC, 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. Before that, Dr. Cohen was 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. From 2006 to 2012, he was professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University, and he has also held faculty positions at Harvard, Brown, and Tufts Universities.

Dr. Cohen recently retired from the ACGME Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the visiting committees of Harvard Medical School, University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and, until recently, the Weill Cornell College of Medicine-Qatar.

He is a former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and was Vice Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  and on the board of the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha. He chaired the VA’s National Academic Affiliation Council and co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.

He is a past-president of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation of New York, the National Library of Medicine, the China Medical Board, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development.

Dr. 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. He also completed a fellowship in nephrology at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has authored more than 130 publications, and is a former editor of Kidney International’s Nephrology Forum.

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