Dr. Hillel W. Cohen serves as a senior biostatistician for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). He has taught biostatistics and data analysis in the Master’s Degree Program of the Einstein Clinical Research Training Program for over twenty years and has taught many seminars introducing biostatistical principles to new investigators, clinicians, residents, fellows and PhD students. In his capacity as a biostatistician for the ICTR, he has provided statistical reviews for most protocols supported by the Clinical Research Center and its predecessor the GCRC since 1999. Over the years, he has consulted for and collaborated with scores of investigators at Einstein in a wide range of clinical and bench science areas. Dr. Cohen also serves as a biostatistician and methodologist for the World Trade Center Health Program associated with the Fire Department of NY and has collaborated with that program since its inception. A recent paper: “Long-term Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Firefighters of the World Trade Center Disaster in JAMA Nework Open received substantial media attention https://jamanetwork.altmetric.com/details/66073859/news
Dr. Cohen previously served as Co-Executive Editor for the American Journal of Hypertension and prior to that was the Statistical Editor for that journal and continues to do statistical reviews. With almost 50 years of research experience, he has been both an independent researcher and collaborator on many projects. A substantial part of his independent research has been related to hypertension and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including the first published studies indicating the possibility of a J-shaped association of sodium intake and CVD events. Dr. Cohen’s first study as an independent investigator reported psychological depression as a risk factor for cardiac events. The abstract (Cohen HW, Madhavan S., Alderman MH. Depression and myocardial infarction in treated hypertensive patients) was featured by the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in that year. He continues to pursue interests regarding the intersection of public health, human rights and social justice.