Elizabeth Cohn, RN, PhD, is the Rudin Professor for Nursing and the associate provost for research at Hunter College. She was previously the inaugural executive director of the Center for Health Innovation at Adelphi University and an assistant professor of nursing at Columbia University.
Dr. Cohn was selected as an Obama White House Champion of Change for Precision Medicine and Health Equity and currently serves as the chair of the National Institutes for Health, Nurse Scientist Translational Research Interest Group. She has funding from the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and New York State to address issues of health equity in communities.
Her passion and inspiration is health equity and the way that research focused on the social determinants and root causes of health can serve our communities better. She has spent over 20 years working with churches in Harlem to improve the health of the community, including launching the NIH All of Us Research Program from Abyssinian Baptist Church. Her past work with Abyssinian was recognized by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.
Dr. Cohn is a graduate of Nassau Community College (RN), SUNY Stony Brook (master’s and nurse practitioner), Columbia University (PhD) and the National Institute of Health, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities and Genetics training programs.
Her work has been featured on NPR All Things Considered, in the New York Times, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Atlantic, Men’s Health, Esquire and Ebony. She is the author of a best-selling EKG textbook, Flip and See ECG.