Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Jon Cohen, M.D. ’79

Jon Cohen, M.D. ’79 is chief medical officer of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The health system is the nation’s third largest non-profit health system with a revenue base of over $3.2 billion, and includes 18 hospitals, two skilled nursing centers, 7,000 physicians and more than 30,000 employees. As chief medical officer, he is the senior physician leader and is responsible for all clinical programs and medical staff affairs.

Before assuming his present position, Cohen was chief of staff of the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He previously was chairman of the Department of Surgery and executive vice president for medical affairs at the Long Island Jewish Medicla Center.

A vascular surgeon with a national reputation in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, he developed and refined the technique for laparoscopic and minimal incision aortic surgery. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, is the author of several books and book chapters on vascular surgery and is professor of surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Cohen is a member of the most prestigious medical societies, and has held leadership positions in most of these organizations, including president of the New York Society of Cardiovascular Surgery and president of the New York Surgical Society, the oldest and one of the most prestigious surgical societies in the country. Cohen is an expert on local, state and national health policy and is frequently asked to speak and consult on health care issues.