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Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® About Walter Cohen

D. Walter Cohen, DDS, chancellor emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine and a co-founder of ELAM, died on June 29, 2018.

When Dr. Cohen founded ELAM in 1995, he recognized that transforming the face of academic medicine would require significant culture change and persistent efforts to sustain the success of women leaders. Dr. Cohen was a visionary leader who made a concrete, measurable impact on the number of women in academic leadership positions. His early leadership and strong continued support made the program the success that ELAM is today. He is deeply missed. In  his honor we have named  ELAM’s annual January Alumnae Program Dinner the D. Walter Cohen Dinner.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the D. Walter Cohen Scholarship Fund.

Maelys Amat and Walter Cohen, Commencement 2018
Walter Cohen, Commencement 2018
Walter Cohen and Barbara Schindler


Nancy Spector, MD, wrote a tribute to D. Walter Cohen, DDS, which was published in the journal Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, volume 40, issue 9. Dr. Cohen was the founding editor of the journal.

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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.