University of Minnesota cardiologist Jay N. Cohn, M.D., received the Heart Failure Society of America’s first annual lifetime achievement award for his contributions to heart disease detection and prevention.
Professor in the Division of Cardiology and director of the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Medical School, Cohn is internationally recognized for his contributions to the understanding of cardiovascular disease and for his leadership in designing and carrying out clinical trials to evaluate new interventions for heart failure.
In recent years his work has focused on early detection of cardiovascular disease in order to initiate therapy before organ system disease develops. A screening method he developed at the University to diagnose stiffening of the small arteries is now marketed worldwide.
Cofounder of the Heart Failure Society and its first president, Cohn also started the Journal of Cardiac Failure, the first journal of its kind, and served as editor in chief.