Myron Cohen, MD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
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Phone: 919- 966-2537
Fax: 919-966-6714

Division of Infectious Diseases
2115 Bioinformatics
CB# 7030
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7030


M.D., Rush Medical College, 1974

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1977
Diplomate, Subspecialty of Infectious Disease, 1982

Clinical Interests

Biology and epidemiology of transmission of STD pathogens, including HIV

Research Summary

Dr. Cohen’s research work focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of STD pathogens including HIV. Much of his work has been conducted at the research sites he and his group have developed in Lilongwe, Malawi and Beijing, China. Dr. Cohen and his coworkers have identified the concentration of HIV in genital secretions required for transmission of HIV ( NEJM 336:1072, 1997; AIDS 15: 621, 2001), and the effects of genital tract inflammation on HIV (Lancet 349: 1868, 1997).

Along with Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, Natalie Bowman, MD, MPH, and Filemon Bucardo of the University of Nicaragua-Leόn, Dr. Cohen is studying Zika as a sexually transmitted disease.


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