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Yale Cardiovascular Medicine Education Fund: Lawrence Cohen MD

April 22, 2020
by Elisabeth Reitman

Lawrence S. Cohen MD, the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), served as the chief of Yale Cardiovascular Medicine from 1970-1978. An accomplished teacher and physician, he oversaw the early growth of cardiac catheterization and coronary arteriography at Yale New Haven Hospital. He taught physical diagnosis and led the medical student course “Learning Heart Sounds” for almost four decades. He is the recipient of the Francis Gilman Blake Award of Yale School of Medicine for Outstanding Teaching of the Medical Sciences.

He initiated the Yale clinical trials comparing medical treatment and coronary bypass surgery in patients with stable angina and thrombolytics in patients with unstable angina and myocardial infarction.

He is past president of the Association of University Cardiologists and the Interurban Clinical Club founded by William Osler in 1905.

All of us have shared the joys of being a physician. There is the joy of being allowed to enter and change the lives of our patients and the joy of teaching future physicians the lessons we have learned.

Lawrence S. Cohen, MD

In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Dean of the medical school and later served as Special Advisor to the Dean and Research Integrity Officer to three deans.

If Dr. Cohen has had an impact on your life, we encourage you to send a gift — along with a note that we can share with him — to the Yale Cardiovascular Medicine Education Fund in his honor. To learn more about opportunities to partner with us through charitable giving, please contact Erin Shreve, Director of Development at or 203-436-8529. Thank you in advance for your support.

Submitted by Elisabeth Reitman on April 22, 2020