Harris L. Cohen, MD, Named Chairman of Radiology at UTHSC

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Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine UTHSC announced the appointment of Harris L. Cohen, MD, as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine.

Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), announced the appointment of Harris L. Cohen, MD, as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine. The appointment became effective July 1.

Dr. Cohen was named executive vice chairman for the Department of Radiology and chief of Radiology at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in November 2008. His scheduled advancement to the chairman’s position follows the planned retirement of Barry Gerald, MD, outgoing, long-term Radiology chair.

A 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Cohen trained in radiology at SUNY Downstate, completing a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center from 1980 to 1981. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Radiology, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He served as vice chair/associate chair of Research, professor of Radiology, director of Body Imaging, as well as chief of Pediatric Body Imaging, and chief of Ultrasound for SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook prior to joining the faculty at UTHSC.

Dr. Cohen has made a significant impact at both the UT Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. Under his leadership, the pediatric radiology fellowship program received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with a maximum five-year cycle and no citations.

“My goal is to build a strong academic program at UTHSC and strengthen our clinical radiology practice at UT Medical Group and other affiliated sites to take advantage of the talent we already have and be able to recruit talent we can further use to enrich the practice of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging in Memphis,” Dr. Cohen stated. “I would like the University of Tennessee Radiology Department to be a national leader in radiologic education, practice, thought and clinical research.”

With more than 230 publications and some 150 published abstracts to his credit, Dr. Cohen has co-written or co-edited eight textbooks. He is currently editor-in-chief for both the American College of Radiology (ACR) Syllabus series and for the editor-in-chief of the ACR Continuous Professional Improvement booklet series. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Ultrasound Quarterly.

“The College of Medicine is indebted to Dr. Gerald for his extended and laudable services to the college and the Department of Radiology,” noted Executive Dean Schwab. “We are also excited to have Dr. Cohen assume the duties of professor and chairman. We believe Dr. Cohen will continue the department’s commitment to excellence and will introduce our trainees to novel ideologies in the field of radiologic education.”