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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

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 serves on the Leadership Groups of the NIH Center for HIV Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) and the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). In 2012 Dr. Cohen will become co-Principal Investigator of the HPTN. Dr. Cohen serves as an Editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases and of the comprehensive textbook Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Dr. 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, 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-1. In 2005, Dr. Cohen received an NIH MERIT Award in recognition of his laboratory studies devoted to the prevention of transmission of HIV-1. Dr. Cohen is the architect and Principal Investigator of the multinational randomized controlled trial HPTN052, which in 2011 demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment nearly eliminates the sexual transmission of HIV-1. Dr. Cohen is the author of more than 500 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.

Dr. Cohen can be reached at