Harvey J. Cohen Oral History Interview, 2020

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Creator:
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. Harvey J. Cohen, MD, Emeritus Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and Duke University School of Medicine faculty member, pioneered research and work in the field of Geriatrics. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on February 24, 2020 by Emily Stewart as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Cohen discusses his educational background and how he became a doctor, his career in medicine, his residency at Duke in the Department of Medicine, his transition onto the faculty at Duke, his time as the Chair of the Department of Medicine, his work in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and his memories of Sabiston.
Extent:
1 Interview (1 transcript) and 6.9 MB
Collection ID:
OH.COHENH

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Harvey J. Cohen conducted on February 24, 2020 by Emily Stewart as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.
In the February 24, 2020 interview, Cohen discusses his educational background and how he became a doctor, his career in medicine, his residency at Duke in the Department of Medicine, his transition onto the faculty at Duke, his time as the Chair of the Department of Medicine, his work in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and his memories of Dr. David Sabiston.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Harvey Jay Cohen, MD, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was the first member of his family to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and his medical degree from State University of New York in Brooklyn (1965). Cohen came to Duke for his residency in hematology oncology under Dr. Eugene Stead in the Department of Medicine.
In 1971, Cohen joined the faculty at Duke in the Department of Medicine. While working at the VA, Cohen became interested in the field of geriatrics, and, as a result, started the Geriatrics Division in the Department of Medicine, as well as the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center at the VA, which he headed for several years. Cohen also became the Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke. For a number of years, Cohen headed all three areas. From 2006 to 2010, Cohen was the Chair of the Department of Medicine, after which he stepped down to become the director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development again.
Cohen's research interests includes clinical research relating to aspects of the pathways to functional decline and resilience with aging, geriatric assessment, and cancer and anemia in the elderly. Cohen has published extensively and received numerous grants in his field. Cohen is also a Faculty Research Scholar at Duke University Population Research Institute Center for Population Health & Aging and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2020.041 (transferred by Mary-Russell Roberson, August 2020)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: August 2020

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, February 24, 2020.
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[Identification of item], Harvey J. Cohen Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.