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Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., to Receive AHA Award of Honor

The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its Award of Honor to Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to improving the health status of communities and the nation. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of people through leadership on major health policies or social initiatives.  He will receive the award at a ceremony on Monday, May 1 at AHA’s annual membership meeting in Washington.

Dr. Cohen has served as president of AAMC since 1994 where he has led the organization’s support and service to the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals.   His almost 40-year career in academic medicine has included positions at some of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions.  Dr. Cohen will retire from AAMC in June 2006.

“Throughout his career, Jordie has been a national leader on issues of medical education, quality of care and health care policy,” said AHA President Dick Davidson.  “Jordie has been an outstanding spokesperson in advocating for the needs of medical colleges and teaching hospitals, medical education, quality of care and residency reform.  He has also developed a close relationship between AAMC and AHA to help us address these critical issues and face new challenges together.”  

Dr. Cohen most recently 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 Stony Brook, N.Y.  He has 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 in Chicago, Ill.  He was also president of the medical staff at the New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston.  He has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and served as vice chair of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents.

Dr. Cohen graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School and completed his training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital.  He completed a fellowship in nephrology at the Tufts University-New England Medical Center.

James J. Varnum, president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., also will receive the Award of Honor this year.

Previous Award of Honor winners include individuals such as Sister Mary Jean Ryan, president and CEO of SSM Health in St. Louis, Mo., Ron Anderson, president and CEO, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., former president and CEO of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  Organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Habitat for Humanity also have been honored.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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