Harvey Jay Cohen, MD

Professor of Medicine
Walter Kempner Distinguished Professor of Medicine, in the School of Medicine
Emeritus Director, Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 2509 Blue Zone Duke Clinic, Center for Aging, Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7503
Email address harvey.cohen@duke.edu

Dr. Cohen's research program includes clinical research relating to aspects of the pathways to functional decline and reilience with aging, geriatric assessment, and cancer and anemia 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. He is Co-PI of the Pepper Center Physical Performance Across the LifeSpan (PALS) study, which is a longitudinal cohort study of community dwelling adults from age 30-90+and includes functional measures and biomarkers on inflammation and metabolism.
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 was co-chair, and now member of the Cancer in the Older Adult Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (ALLIANCE). A number of active studies and ongoing data bases aree being utilized to address these questions.

Anemia in the older adult is being addressed through an NIA funded U01 consortium (Dr. Cohen Co-PI). the current main study is an observational study followed by a pragmatic treatment trial for anemia in older adults with CHF, in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) of the Health services research network (HSRN) 

Education and Training

  • M.D., State University of New York, Brooklyn, 1965


Dao, Dyda, Tyler Zemla, Aminah Jatoi, Rachel A. Freedman, Arti Hurria, Hyman Muss, Harvey Jay Cohen, et al. “Older-Patient-Specific Cancer Trials: A Pooled Analysis of 2,277 Patients (A151715).” Oncologist 24, no. 6 (June 2019): e284–91. https://doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2018-0803.

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Hurria, Arti, Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Jacob B. Allred, Harvey Jay Cohen, Anait Arsenyan, Karla Ballman, Jennifer Le-Rademacher, et al. “Functional Decline and Resilience in Older Women Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer.” J Am Geriatr Soc 67, no. 5 (May 2019): 920–27. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15493.

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Barginear, Myra, Amylou C. Dueck, Jacob B. Allred, Craig Bunnell, Harvey J. Cohen, Rachel A. Freedman, Arti Hurria, et al. “Age and the Risk of Paclitaxel-Induced Neuropathy in Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer (Alliance A151411): Results from 1,881 Patients from Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) 40101.” Oncologist 24, no. 5 (May 2019): 617–23. https://doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2018-0298.

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Bunning, Thomas, Heather E. Whitson, Kent Weinhold, Marty G. Woldorff, Eugene Moretti, Deborah Oyeyemi, Mary Cooter, et al. “THE INTUIT STUDY: INVESTIGATING NEUROINFLAMMATION UNDERLYING POSTOPERATIVE NEUROCOGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION AND DELIRIUM IN OLDER ADULTS.” In Anesthesia and Analgesia, 128:432–432, 2019.


Berger, Miles, Deborah Oyeyemi, Mobolaji O. Olurinde, Heather E. Whitson, Kent J. Weinhold, Marty G. Woldorff, Lewis A. Lipsitz, et al. “The INTUIT Study: Investigating Neuroinflammation Underlying Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction.” J Am Geriatr Soc 67, no. 4 (April 2019): 794–98. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15770.

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Parker, Daniel, Richard Sloane, Carl F. Pieper, Katherine S. Hall, Virginia B. Kraus, William E. Kraus, Janet L. Huebner, et al. “Age-Related Adverse Inflammatory and Metabolic Changes Begin Early in Adulthood.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 74, no. 3 (February 15, 2019): 283–89. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/gly121.

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Stinchcombe, Thomas E., Wen Fan, Steven E. Schild, Everett E. Vokes, Jeff Bogart, Quynh-Thu Le, Charles R. Thomas, et al. “A pooled analysis of individual patient data from National Clinical Trials Network clinical trials of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for limited-stage small cell lung cancer in elderly patients versus younger patients.” Cancer 125, no. 3 (February 1, 2019): 382–90. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.31813.

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Noppert, G. A., A. E. Aiello, A. M. O’Rand, and H. J. Cohen. “Investigating pathogen burden in relation to a cumulative deficits index in a representative sample of US adults.” Epidemiol Infect 146, no. 15 (November 2018): 1968–76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S095026881800153X.

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