Professor Richard J. Cohen, MD, PhD
Richard J. Cohen received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1976 and his PhD in Physics in the same year from MIT. He pursued clinical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Since 1979 he has been on the MIT faculty where he is currently the Whitaker Professor in Biomedical Engineering within the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science.
For 25 years he served as an Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, for ten years he directed the Center for Biomedical Engineering of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and for eight years he was Team Leader of the Cardiovascular Alterations Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. For eight years Dr. Cohen co-directed the Biomedical Enterprise Program of HST and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Students in this program obtained an MBA degree and an SM degree in Health Sciences and Technology preparing them for leadership positions in the biomedical industry.
Dr. Cohen’s research involves the application of physics and engineering to solving problems in biology and medicine, particularly in the cardiovascular area. His work ranges from computer simulations to animal studies to clinical investigations. Dr. Cohen has published over 250 scientific papers and has had over 30 US patents issued. One of the technologies developed in Dr. Cohen’s laboratory is the measurement of microvolt T-wave alternans to identify patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. This technology has been commercialized, cleared by the FDA, and is reimbursed under Medicare.
Dr. Cohen has directed his Division’s Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Principles of Pharmacology courses taken by both MD and PhD students. He has taught a variety of courses in biophysics, bioengineering, signal processing and in biomedical enterprise.
He is interested in health, medicine, quantitative analysis, modeling, and biomedical enterprise.
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