FORT WORTH, Texas— Benjamin L. Cohen, D.O., F.A.C.O.P., provost and senior vice president for health affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, recently received the Dale Dodson Award from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine for his outstanding contributions to osteopathic medical education.
In nominating Dr. Cohen for the Dodson Award, Sandra Featherman, Ph.D., president of the University of New England, said, “Ben’s intelligence and commitment to osteopathic medical education are each prodigious. Through his leadership role in encouraging the sharing of valuable information, he has helped the entire profession of osteopathic medical education move forward.”
The Dodson Award is named after a former president of the American Osteopathic Association. The Dodson Award recognizes an outstanding leader from one of the osteopathic medical colleges who goes above and beyond the call of duty to advance osteopathic medicine.
Through his tenure in several positions at the UNT Health Science Center and its Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cohen’s commitment to academic rigor and excellence, as well as to clinical and basic science research, have brought recognition, credibility and visibility to osteopathic medical education.
Dr. Cohen joined the UNT Health Science Center in 1990 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. During the past 11 years, he has played a key role in leading the academic team through the process of changing the status of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine from a medical school to an academic health science center. He also worked closely with the institution’s leaders and the Higher Education Coordinating Board to add a master of public health degree and a physician assistant degree to the institution’s programs.
Dr. Cohen has provided leadership in a number of other critical areas at the institution, including raising academic standards for incoming medical students and facilitating a significant growth in the number of full-time faculty at the institution. He also oversaw the development of the public health program and the School of Public Health.
Dr. Cohen has served as a medical educator since 1966 when he began his tenure as a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has since held clinical teaching positions at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and as the Dean of that school from 1977 to 1985.
Dr. Cohen has been active in many leadership positions throughout the osteopathic profession and has served in leadership positions many times at AACOM, the most recent being as the Chair of the Council of Deans from 1998 to 2001.
The award was presented at a luncheon October 21, 2001, during the American Osteopathic Association’s Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. The luncheon was a joint event between the AACOM’s Board of Governors and Council of Deans.
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