Dr. Jordan J. Cohen, Raymond G. Perelman will be given honorary degrees
Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., president emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will deliver the keynote address and receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his exemplary service to and innovation on behalf of medical education. Cohen is currently chairman of the board of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, and a professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University. As president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1994 to 2006, Cohen expanded and modernized the association's services for medical students, applicants, residents, and constituents; strengthened the association's communications and advocacy efforts; and established many initiatives for improving medical education and clinical care.
Also receiving an honorary degree is entrepreneur and philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman. Perelman will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his spirit of philanthropy which has greatly benefited academic medicine. Perelman, a Philadelphia native, built one of the nation's premier portfolios of financial, manufacturing and mining companies, and used that success to create a legacy of educational and cultural philanthropy that will impact his hometown for generations to come.
In total, 454 students will receive degrees, including 243 Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) students. Drexel has one of the largest medical student enrollments of any private medical school, educating one in every 73 medical students in the United States.
Included among the 243 graduating M.D. students are:
- 3 joint M.D./Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
- 1 joint M.D./MBA (Master of Business Administration)
- 1 joint M.D./MPH (Master of Public Health)
The following degrees will also be given:
- 22 Ph.D.
- 189 master's degrees
About Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine has established some of the most highly innovative and rigorous academic programs available today, incorporating the University's expertise in engineering and technology into traditional medical training. The College of Medicine is home to one of the nation's leading centers for spinal cord research; one of the foremost centers for malaria study; and a highly regarded HIV/AIDS program with extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic interventions. Drexel University College of Medicine has been designated a Vanguard National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and is highly respected in numerous other specialties including cardiology and pain management.