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Harris Cohen, MD, Named Executive Vice Chair of Radiology


Harris L. Cohen, MD, has been appointed medical director of the Pediatric Radiology Department at Le Bonheur and executive vice chair in the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC.

Barry Gerald, MD, interim chairman, Department of Radiology, Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Meri Armour, MSN, MBA, president and chief executive officer for Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, have announced the appointment of Harris L. Cohen, MD, as medical director of the Pediatric Radiology Department at Le Bonheur and executive vice chair in the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC.

Dr. Cohen is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. He trained in Radiology at SUNY Downstate and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in 1980-1981. 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 is currently the 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. He has been the medical director of Downstate’s Ultrasound program for 17 years.

The national search for this position was conducted by Parker Executive Search and was led by Russell W. Chesney, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and chairman of Pediatrics at Le Bonheur.

“We are tremendously excited about Dr. Cohen’s arrival. He is an experienced leader in Pediatric Radiology with an impressive track record of success. We look forward to his leadership in helping us build our new facility at Le Bonheur,” Dr. Chesney observed.

Dr. Cohen has more than 230 publications and some 150 published abstracts to his credit. In addition, he has co-written or co-edited eight textbooks. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Syllabus series and 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.

“Radiology is integral to so many programs at Le Bonheur. Dr. Cohen’s leadership will guide the department in providing quality services for our patients and supporting the work of Le Bonheur’s medical staff. We look forward to Dr. Cohen joining us,” stated Armour.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy campuses in Knoxville and a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Founded in 1952, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is the Mid-South’s first and only comprehensive pediatric medical facility. Every year Le Bonheur treats almost 140,000 children from 47 states and many countries. Le Bonheur is home to one of the nation’s 10 busiest pediatric emergency departments and hosts one of the largest pediatric surgical brain tumor programs.

Le Bonheur is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to build a new state-of-the art hospital. The $327-million facility is scheduled to open in 2010 and will double the space for patient care, research and teaching. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit www.lebonheur.org.