Dean Mark Cohen Becomes Founder Professor in Engineering | Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Mark Cohen, dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine and professor of bioengineering, is recognized as the founder of engineering. The award, which will be officially presented on February 24, recognizes Cohen’s outstanding contributions to the field of engineering, particularly the engineering-healthcare partnership.

“This professorship will allow me to further advance my research in tissue engineering and cancer drug development that will translate into new therapies for patients in the future,” Cohen said. “It is also an important channel to illustrate the deep connection between the Grainger School of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school.”

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<p>This professorship, first made possible by the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, is designed to support multi- and interdisciplinary studies and promote innovative projects.  Cohen’s impressive career made him an exceptional candidate for this profession;  he was a leading surgeon, clinical and translational scientist, entrepreneur and educator.  His work has included the development of new therapeutics, withanolides for anti-cancer applications, nanoparticle drug delivery systems and more, all while contributing greatly to medical research.</p>
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Some of his many other professional interests include improving clinical operations, telehealth and ambulatory care – in short, providing patients with the best possible care no matter where they are when they need it. Cohen is also passionate about using mixed reality and virtual reality to enhance the student training experience and many different aspects of endocrine surgery, including thyroid surgery and the surgical care of melanoma patients. He is also a member of the Illinois Cancer Center and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

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“I have been very fortunate to have been able to participate in multidisciplinary research in bioengineering and medicine over the past twenty years, and to have had the opportunity to mentor and train incredibly talented engineering and medical students in their research and career development,” said Cohen.

Cohen went on to say that he particularly looks forward to using this professorship to continue to support student interns as they develop their research and make a significant impact in healthcare, and that receiving the professorship was an incredible honor.

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“I would like to personally thank Dean Rashid Bashir, Professor Mark Anastasia, members of the promotion committee, our donors to the Grainger College of Engineering who made this professorship possible, as well as my family, colleagues, collaborators, mentors, interns, and mentors who supported and had the privilege of working with over the years,” said Cohen. “I look forward to the great work we will do together in the future to advance medicine and engineering.”

Dean Cohen’s induction ceremony will take place on February 24 at 3:00 PM in the Beckman Institute Auditorium, followed by a public reception at 4:00 PM.

Editor’s note: The original version of this article can be found here.


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