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David Cohen steps down as HST Director

Dr. David Cohen, co-Director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program and the Robert H. Ebert Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is stepping down after a nine-year tenure and will become Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

No stranger to the program, David began his association with HST more than 37 years ago when he entered the program as a student, graduating in 1987 with an MD in Medicine and a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics.

Hailing from the New York area, David comes from a family of physicians. Despite his front row seat to observe the world of clinical medicine, his interest was more firmly grounded in physical sciences research than on being a practicing physician. However, he saw opportunity to combine the two and do research based on the patients he would be caring for as a physician. David applied to the MD-PhD program at Johns Hopkins and the HST MD program through Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was accepted and committed to Johns Hopkins, which came with full funding, but then received a letter of invitation to join HST. At the time, MD students could not apply for the MD-PhD program at Harvard until their second year, so David was unsure about the HST opportunity.

Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016