Harvey Jay Cohen
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Cohen's research program includes clinical research relating to aspects of the pathways to functional decline with aging, geriatric assessment, and cancer in the elderly.

Pathways to functional decline are being explored through the NIA funded Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and includes studies of the contributions of age related physiologic change, in particular changes in inflammatory parameters, comorbid diseases and conditions, environment, genetics, and the interactionas among them. Data are derived from several current studies as well as previously collected data sets from the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE), National Long Term Care Survey, and the Chinese Longevity Study (with Dr. Zeng Yi). Previous work has demonstrated the important contributions of age related inflammation and coagulation activation to functional status.

Geriatric assessment approaches have been studied in a number of randomized and controlled studies and work is now concentrating on the application of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment tools to the evaluation and treatment of elderly patients with cancer. This is an extension and continuation of a long standing interest in geriatric oncology. Previous studies have elucidated age-related patterns of disease presentation, treatment approaches, clinical trials, survivorship, quality of life, impact of comrobidities and functional outcomes. Dr. Cohen is co-chair of the Cancer in the Elderly Committee of Cancer and Acute Luekemia Group B (CALGB). A number of active studies and ongoing data bases aree being utilized to address these questions.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 3502 Blue Zone Duke Clinic, Center for Aging, Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
  • Duke Box 3003, Durham, NC 27710

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