Myron Cohen, MD

Myron S. Cohen is the J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs-Global Health. Dr. Cohen received his BS degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He received an MD degree from Rush Medical College, Chicago Illinois. He completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale University.Dr. Cohen serves as the Director of the UNC Division of Infectious Disease and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease.   Dr. Cohen is Associate Director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research.  Dr. Cohen serves on the Senior Leadership Group of the NIH Center for HIV Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI).  Dr. Cohen serves as part of the leadership group of the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).  Dr. Cohen serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the comprehensive textbook Sexually Transmitted Diseases. D Cohen received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rush Medical College in 2000. He received the Thomas Parran Award (2005) for lifetime achievement in STD research from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association.  In 2008 Dr. Cohen received the O. Max Gardner Award for “contributions to mankind”, the greatest honor in the University of North Carolina 16 campus system.  Doctor Cohen been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors”. Dr. Cohen’s research work focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV, with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections.   He has conducted landmark studies related to the biology of HIV transmission, and use of antiretroviral agents for prevention.  In 2005, Dr. Cohen received an NIH MERIT Award for ongoing support of this work.  Dr. Cohen is the author of more than 400 publications.  Much of Dr. Cohen’s research has been conducted in resource constrained countries, especially in the African country of Malawi and in the People’s Republic of China.